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Vanguard VEO 3T 265HCBP Carbon Fibre Travel Tripod Review

We're putting the new Vanguard VEO 3T 265HCBP travel tripod to the test which also functions as a support for smartphoneograpgghers or vloggers.


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Vanguard VEO 3T 265HCBP Carbon Fibre Travel Tripod
 

Quick Verdict

The Vanguard VEO 3T 265HCBP Carbon Fibre Travel Tripod has really impressed us. Not only is it a tripod for photographers, but it's also a support vloggers and smartphoneographers will love to use, too. 

+ Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Compact 
  • Bluetooth remote trigger
  • Great build quality
  • Quick set-up
  • Smartphone connector included
  • Leg converts to a monopod
  • A quick-release plate that fits smartphones
  • Removable telescopic panhandle
  • Smooth operation

- Cons

  • We'll let you know if we think of any! 

 

The Vanguard VEO 3T 265HCBP Carbon Fibre Travel Tripod is a travel tripod with a difference because, as well as using it the traditional way with a mirrorless camera or DSLR,  it can also be used for vlogging/video with a smartphone/camera as it comes with a clever quick release plate that's been adapted for use with smartphones. The Vanguard VEO 3T 265HCBP is priced at £269.99 and we've been putting it to the test to find out how versatile it really is and if it's worth the cash. 

 

Vanguard VEO 3T 265HCBP Carbon Fibre Travel Tripod Features

Vanguard VEO 3T 265HCBP Carbon Fibre Travel Tripod
 

The Vanguard VEO 3T 265HCBP Carbon Fibre Travel Tripod has been designed with the traditional style of photographer in mind along with smartphoneographers who want to shoot video or long exposure shots with their devices. It's also perfect for vloggers who want to shoot photos or videos with either a digital camera or a smartphone. Why? Well, alongside all of the usual features we expect to see on a Vanguard tripod, the VEO 3T 265HCBP features a quick-release plate that can fit any smartphone up to 85mm wide, a removable panhandle that helps with smooth panning. 

As well as using it as a tripod, the Vanguard VEO 3T 265HCBP transforms into a monopod and it's constructed from carbon fibre so it's lightweight, weighing just under 2KG. It's also compact, measuring 44cm when folded so it easily fits in its supplied tripod bag on even into a backpack. 

Other features include a full-height extension of 166cm, 12KG payload, a Bluetooth remote control so you can use the centre column/monopod when vlogging, easy clean leg locks, optional spikes, a VEO BP-120T Arca compatible ball head and a low angle/macro shooting option. 

Key Features

  • 5-section carbon fibre travel tripod
  • Folded length 44cm
  • Max height of 166cm
  • 12Kg load capacity
  • Weighs 1.9kg
  • VEO BP-120T Arca compatible ball head
  • Separate pan lock
  • Quick-release plate that can hold a smartphone up to 85mm wide
  • A leg that converts to a monopod
  • Easy to clean twist locks
  • Includes a Bluetooth remote control for IOS or Android
  • Low angle/macro shooting with reversible centre column, or using the Low Angle Adaptor included
  • 3-easy set leg angles
  • Hook at base of the central column
  • Rubber or Spiked Feet
  • Tripod Bag

 

Vanguard VEO 3T 265HCBP Carbon Fibre Travel Tripod Handling & Performance

Vanguard VEO 3T 265HCBP Carbon Fibre Travel Tripod

 

The Vanguard VEO 3T 265HCBP is a carbon fibre travel tripod and as it folds down to 44cm and weighs just under 2KG, it certainly fits the requirements of a travel tripod that needs to be lightweight and compact. It easily attaches to a backpack and will fit in a carry-on bag or you can store/carry it in its supplied carry bag.

Another bonus of the Vanguard VEO 3T 265HCBP is that it transforms into a monopod so you get two pieces of kit in one which means you have less to pack. It's also really easy to set up and is ideal for days you don't want to carry a full tripod around or when you're visiting locations where tripods will simply take up too much room (or aren't allowed). Plus, when you combine the centre column/monopod with the supplied Bluetooth remote control, it makes an ideal tool for vloggers who may want to capture footage and/or shoot pieces to camera while on the move. It also means that you can set your smartphone (or camera with Bluetooth) up and actually be in photos with your family rather than behind the camera taking photos.

 

Vanguard VEO 3T 265HCBP Carbon Fibre Travel Tripod
 

 The max height the tripod can be extended to is 166cm which is fine for most situations and it has a 12KG max payload which with most camera/lens combos only weighing around 2KG (for most people), weight will not be an issue and neither is stability as even at full height, the tripod stood firm. If you do find you need to add weight for more stability, there's a hook you can hang your camera bag to. When you do need more height, release the 5-section legs top-down as the larger parts of the legs will always give more stability. 

 

Vanguard VEO 3T 265HCBP Carbon Fibre Travel Tripod
 

To release the leg sections, you use the twist locks which are billed as 'easy clean' which is great as when you're back from the beach, you want to make sure all of the sand and seawater is removed from it. The leg locks are also rubberised which makes them really grippy and easy to turn. Plus, Vanguard has put text on them so you know which way locks and unlocks which is a really simple but useful thing. When you do lock them in place, the legs stay put with no slippage and accidental rotation which is all you can ask for from a good tripod. 

At the top of each leg is a lock you can press to adjust the leg angle via a push-button that's easy to operate and ensures the legs stay in place once an angle is selected. Simply, push and adjust the leg to 20, 50 or 80-degrees. 

For those who enjoy macro photography, the central column can be easily reversed or you can lower the tripod using the low angle adaptor feature when you're photographing things closer to the ground but don't need to be so close that you need to turn the column upside down. 

 

Vanguard VEO 3T 265HCBP Carbon Fibre Travel Tripod
 

The included VEO BP-120T Arca compatible ball head operates smoothly and if you're going to be doing lots of panning of capturing video footage then we do recommend attaching the optional panhandle as it makes panning that bit more effortless and allows for greater control. It's easy to attach and it's an excellent addition, particularly the fact that it can be removed so the tripod is easier to store. 

 

Vanguard VEO 3T 265HCBP Carbon Fibre Travel Tripod
 

The panhandle was also useful when using a smartphone with the Vanguard VEO 3T 265HCBP which you can attach to the tripod via the QS-72T Arca compatible 70mm long quick release plate that has a built-in smartphone adapter that is compatible with smartphones that measure up to 85mm in width. The adapter lifts easily from the quick release plate and the support extends to fit your smartphone securely.

 

Vanguard VEO 3T 265HCBP Carbon Fibre Travel Tripod
 

It's a piece of kit we didn't think we'd need until we actually used it and we think it's a genius move on Vanguard's part as you might not think you need a tripod when capturing images with a smartphone but with more people than ever vlogging, creating content for YouTube and shooting paid-for photos for Instagram, a good support for your smart device is more important than ever. Plus, the fact that you can fold the adapter back into the quick release plate and then attach your DSLR or Mirrorless camera is great and just brilliantly efficient. The QS-72T Arca compatible quick release plate also allows for longer lenses to be used more easily. 

 

Vanguard VEO 3T 265HCBP Carbon Fibre Travel Tripod
 

Vanguard VEO 3T 265HCBP Carbon Fibre Travel Tripod
 

If you're someone who'll need a microphone, lights etc. on your shoot, you can attach additional support arms to the tripod via one of the 3/8" threads found on the canopy or via the 1/4" thread on the side of the Universal Smartphone Connector. 

Other features include a choice of Rubber or Anti-Rust Stainless-Steel Spiked Feet that allow for maximum stability on various terrain. 

 

Vanguard VEO 3T 265HCBP Carbon Fibre Travel Tripod

 

Overall, the whole tripod is built extremely well with Vanguard really thinking about what the modern-day photographer might need to make their photo-taking process more efficient and straightforward. Plus, it's ergonomic, too, with grippy and large knobs, easy-to-use twist locks and legs that adjust with the simple click of a button. You also get a separate pan-lock for when shooting panoramas and there's a spirit level to help keeps things straight. 

 

Vanguard VEO 3T 265HCBP Carbon Fibre Travel Tripod
 

Value For Money

The Vanguard VEO 3T 265HCBP Carbon Fibre Travel Tripod has an RRP of £270 which, for some, might seem like a lot of money to spend on a tripod but it is on par with other tripods out there. You also have to remember that it will probably be a one-time purchase that'll last you years so use vs pounds spent is worthwhile. 

Alternatives from Vanguard include the VEO 3GO Series which are designed to be small/portable and we really liked the VEO 3GO 235CB when we put it to the test, awarding it a 'Highly Recommended' accolade. Or, you could look at the VEO 3GO 265HCB which is lighter and shorter when folded but not as versatile. it does come with a smartphone adapter but it's not built into the quick release plate as it is on the VEO 3T 265HCBP. 

Options from other manufactures include the Manfrotto Befree range with the MKBFRC4-BH at £300, the Benro Travel Angel FTA28CV1 priced at £300 and the 3 Legged Thing Albert 2.0 with AirHed pro kit (not just tripod) at £350, or Punks Brian System at £270. All of these tripods are designed to be compact, lightweight and stable but they don't offer the same flexibility for smartphoneographers and bloggers quite like the Vanguard VEO 3T 265HCBP does. 

For more options, we have a couple of tripod round-ups that are worth a peruse: 'Best Tripods You Can Buy Right Now' top list and 'Best Budget Tripod' recommendations. 

 

Vanguard VEO 3T 265HCBP Carbon Fibre Travel Tripod Verdict

The Vanguard VEO 3T 265HCBP has impressed us that much, we're not messing around, we're instantly awarding it an 'Editor's Choice' accolade. 

Not only do you get a carbon fibre travel tripod, but you also get a monopod, an Arca compatible ball-head that can include a removable panhandle and a quick-release plate that can fit any smartphone up to 85mm wide. The flexibility the tripod offers photographers/vloggers/smartphoneographers is excellent with the ability to capture both video and still photos with either a camera or smartphone. Plus, it comes with a Bluetooth trigger and the panhandle you can attach to the tripod makes panning smooth and efficient. Set-up is quick, the tripod is really sturdy in use and once you're done with it you can fold it back down to its compact state so it stores easily in its supplied carry case or on the side of a camera bag. 

Vanguard VEO 3T 265HCBP - we like you a lot. 

Vanguard VEO 3T 265HCBP Travel Tripod Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Compact 
  • Bluetooth remote trigger
  • Great build quality
  • Quick set-up
  • Smartphone connector included
  • Leg converts to a monopod
  • A quick-release plate that fits smartphones
  • Removable telescopic panhandle
  • Smooth operation

 

Vanguard VEO 3T 265HCBP Travel Tripod Cons

  • We'll let you know if we think of any! 

Features5/5
Handling5/5
Performance5/5
Value4.5/5
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