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Cullmann Neomax 240 Travel Tripod Review

We take a look at Cullmann's latest compact travel tripod.


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Handling
Performance
Verdict
Specification


The Cullmann Neomax 240 is a compact travel tripod aimed at those using mirrorless and compact cameras. Cullmann say it's designed for active, young and flexible photographers. It has 5 leg sections and folds down to just 25.5cm. Here, we find out how it performs. 

Cullmann Neomax 240 Travel Tripod Features

The Cullmann Nanomax 240 is largely constructed of aluminium, with plastic joints and knobs. The legs fold back on themselves 180 degrees, enabling it to fold  down to a really compact 25.5cm in length, ideal for stowing in a backpack. There is a centre column with carabiner on the bottom, enabling you to add weight to the tripod if you wish. 

The centre column does not compact or flip to enable low-level photography, however it does extend to give extra height. There are 3 possible leg angles, and 5 leg sections, which are extended by unscrewing the rubber feet at the bottom. One short turn allows you to bring the tripod to full height quickly and easily. 

The tripod has a max height of 112cm, which is impressive for the amount that it compacts down. 


 

There is a foam grip on one of the legs, and to fold the tripod back up you need to simply pull the grey positioner lever down. A compact ball head is supplied, which has a removable camera plate although it isn't quick release. It can hold a max weight of 3kg. 


 

Key Features

  • 5 leg sections
  • 3 leg angles 
  • Folds down to just 25.5cm in length
  • Max height of 112cm
  • 2 section extending centre column
  • Aluminium construction
  • Easy twist leg extending system
  • Karabiner included

Cullmann Neomax 240 Travel Tripod Handling

The Cullmann Neomax 240 is quick and simple to set up, with the quick twist system working well. Instead of having to undo a clip for every single section, one simple movement frees up all the sections - you can then re-tighten them as any desired height, great for uneven ground. 


 

The legs feel well damped when changing the angles, and it's easy to press the silver grip down and enable the leg to fold back up. The chunky tightener around the neck of the centre column is really easy to operate, enabling you to get an extra few centimetres of height. 

The ball head feels relatively robust and the tightening knob for this is well gripped. Even when fully loosened, there is still good friction on the ball head, allowing movement but not so much that it becomes jerky. There is a small knob next to the camera plate, which when loosened enables you to spin the camera to a different angle or detach the camera with the base plate from the tripod altogether. 

 

Cullmann Neomax 240 Travel Tripod Performance

The tripod stands sturdy, and you should feel confident to place on it a mirrorless camera with mid-range lens attached. The leg joints are actually made of plastic, and although they don't feel weak, do add a bit of give and wobble when setting up the tripod. Care may need to be taken not to be too rough with it. 


 

At full height, the tripod stands about hip height on a 6ft person. Although not the tallest of tripods, it is amazing how it can reach this height from such a compact folded size. It only weighs 626g, just over half a kilogramme meaning it won't be a burden on the trail and should easily fit into most hiking style backpacks. 

We were impressed at just how quickly the tripod can be set up and collapsed. The rubber feet are really grippy, and should allow you to operate them even when wearing gloves. The carabiner is a neat addition that allows you to weigh the tripod down on uneven ground or on windy days. 

 

Value For Money

The Cullmann Neomax 240 is available for £70 at retailers across the UK through Intro2020. This is excellent value for money, given that the tripod folds away so compactly how speedily you can erect it. 

Other similar sized tripods include the Slik Lite AL-420S, however this is more expensive at £121, is heavier and doesn't compact as small. It's also capable of holding 1kg less of weight than the Slik.

 

Cullmann Neomax 240 Travel Tripod Verdict

The Cullmann Nanomax 240 will be an excellent choice for those that want a compact and lightweight tripod for use with smaller mirrorless and compact cameras.

It folds up so small that it will easily fit into a large handbag or backpack. It's not the sturdiest of tripods available, with some give from the plastic hinges but for light to moderate use it should perform fine. It's unlikely that you'll find another product that compacts so small and also extends to a fair height of 112cm. 

Cullmann Neomax 240 Pros

  • Super light and compact
  • Foam grip for cold weather 
  • Easy twist leg extension
  • Carabiner comes in handy

Cullmann Neomax 240 Cons

  • Plastic hinges 

Features4.5/5
Handling4.5/5
Performance4/5
Value4.5/5
Overall Verdict

 

 

Cullmann Neomax 240 Specifications

ManufacturerCullmann
Tripods
ConstructionAluminium, plastic
Maximum Height112cm
Minimum Height26cm
Maximum Weight Capacity3kg
Number of Leg Sections5
Headball
Box Contents
Box ContentsTripod, drawstring carry bag
Dimensions
Weight626g
WidthNo Data
HeightNo Data

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Comments


1 Oct 2017 2:25PM
I bought one of these - and the 220 - as they seemed to be ideal for travel with an advanced compact camera. Indeed it was, and was easy to carry, weighed very little and could be deployed and stored after use very quickly, making it very useful in the city.
Having had a positive experience, I considered using it for a CSC set up - worked fine with the Sony A6000, and the Fuji XT1, with the 18-135mm lens. As long as one of the legs was extended along the long axis of the 18-135, it was stable and well balanced.
The maximum weight i used it with was the Fuji set up; about 1.2kg, so well within the manufacturers stated limits.
BUT. The tripod has a weak spot - in the images above, you can see the lower central column merging into a thicker darker column that has the leg section below it. You would think this was one piece.

It isn't. The top of the central column is secured to the lower tripod with a 2mm depth screw into a plastic dip for it, filled with glue. My tripod failed at this point, luckily I had hold of the camera at the time or it could have fallen onto the rough ground I was using it on. A repair was made with some superglue.

So, yes, clever tripod for anything under a KG, I would NOT trust them with any more weight, and be aware of this weak spot in the design, as it may mean your camera falls when you least expect it.

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