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Vanguard VEO 3+ 263CB Tripod Review

Vanguard's new premium carbon fibre all-in-one VEO 3+ 263CB tripod can be used to support multiple cameras/accessories as well as operating as a traditional, full-size tripod and we're putting it to the test.


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VEO 3+263CB

 

Quick Verdict

The VEO 3+ 263CB is a well-built and reassuringly sturdy carbon fibre tripod that comes with the added bonus ball head and Multi-Angle Central Column that can be used as a Multi-Mount to attach additional kit. You can also use a leg as a monopod/selfie stick or even as a vlogging arm should you make YouTube videos. 

Overall, the VEO 3+ 263CB from Vanguard has all of the premium qualities and robustness you expect from a 'full-size' tripod and it looks great, too. 

+ Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Looks smart
  • Versatile & Multi-use
  • Great build quality
  • Sturdy support
  • VEO BH-160 Arca Compatible Ball Head included
  • Spiked Feet included

- Cons

  • It's rather big

 

The Vanguard VEO 3+ 263CB is the latest carbon fibre tripod to join Vanguard's popular VEO 3+ line-up which is designed to be versatile, and suitable for all shooting types, from landscape to macro, with multiple mount support, built-in monopod, multi-angle central column, and easy clean leg locks.

Priced at £299, the Vanguard VEO 3+ 263CB has quite a bit of competition so we're putting it to the test, to find out if it's a full-size tripod you should be investing in. 

 

Vanguard VEO 3+ 263CB Tripod Features

VEO 3+263CB
 

The Vanguard VEO 3+ 263CB is a premium, full-size, carbon fibre tripod that comes with an Arca compatible ball head and features a Multi-Angle Central Column that can be used to attach additional kit, such as a microphone or lighting unit. You can also use one of the legs as a monopod, making the tripod even more versatile. 

As it's made from carbon fibre, it won't feel as cold as tripods made from steel, for example, but there are rubber grips for added comfort on really cold days and a retractable and removable hook is provided so you can hang weight from it on windy days for added stability. If you find yourself capturing photos on rugged terrain you can switch the rubber feet for provided spikes and after a day of shooting on the beach, the legs can be easily unscrewed, cleaned and reconnected. As with all VEO 3+ Tripods, the Vanguard VEO 3+ 263CB also features ergonomic half-turn twist locks on the legs. 

 

Key Features

  • Multi-Angle Central Column that moves almost 360° in any direction
  • Multi-Angle Central Column that can convert to a Multi-Mount when used with the VEO MA-1 provided
  • A tripod leg that converts to a monopod and extends over 1.8m
  • Three easy set leg angles (23°, 50° and 80°)
  • Maximum load capacity - up to 15kg
  • VEO BH-160 Ball Head
  • 1/2 turn twist locks that are designed to be easy to maintain
  • A choice of rubber or spiked feet
  • 3/8" thread on side of canopy for additional sidearm (not provided)
  • Premium padded tripod bag that is the equivalent of the Alta Action 80

 


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