I actually did a review of another tripod in the VEO 3+ range not too long ago, which was the Vanguard VEO 3+ 263AB. You’ll notice that the product name in that case is missing the “T”.
The “T” indicates that this is a tripod intended for travel. While I really liked the VEO 3+ 263AB, as a professional travel photographer, it was a bit big to pack when traveling. I need a tripod that folds up fairly compactly for travel, and at 30 inches (76cm) folded the VEO 3+ is a bit bulky for my needs.
The VEO 3T+ range aims to solve this problem, offering both stability and portability, and Vanguard sent me the 264CB model to try out.
A few things to get me started. I’ve been a Vanguard ambassador since 2014, and have used and reviewed several of their tripods and camera bags over the years, including many of their VEO products, as well as their Alta Pro products.
In the case of the VEO 3T+ 264CB, Vanguard sent me a production model before they went on general sale so I could share my opinion. They have not compensated me for doing so, and I will be returning the tripod to them once I am done.
I’m going to start with the features of the VEO 3T+. Then I’ll compare it to some of the other travel-focused tripods I use, and finally I’ll share my opinion on whether this might be the right travel tripod for you.
If you want some background on the Vanguard VEO range, then you can find it in my previous review of the Vanguard VEO 3+ 263AB.
Vanguard VEO 3T+ 264CB Tripod Review
The Vanguard VEO 3T+ 264CB is a travel-focused tripod in the new VEO 3T+ range, which launches in June 2021. There are four models in the range at the time of writing, which are:
VEO 3T+ 264CB – carbon fibre, 15 kg capacity, 156 cm max height, 2.27 kg weight, 15 kg load capacity.
VEO 3T+ 234CB – carbon fibre, 10 kg capacity, 146 cm max. height, 1.98 kg weight, 10 kg load capacity
VEO 3T+ 264AB – aluminium, 15 kg capacity, 156 cm maximum height, 2.45 kg weight, 15 kg load capacity
VEO 3T+ 234AB – aluminium, 10 kg capacity, maximum height 146 cm, weight 2,19 kg, 10 kg load capacity
These are all travel focused tripods that come with a ball head. The main differences are load capacity, maximum height and weight.
The carbon fiber (CB) models are about 200g / 7oz lighter than their equivalent aluminum (AB) models.
The 234 models are 10cm shorter when extended than the 264 models.
Other than that, the main features of the VEO 3T+ tripods are the same in all cases. I’ll get to them shortly. When it comes to choosing between these four models, it will come down to choosing between budget, weight and maximum height. The most important aspects for you will vary depending on your photographic equipment, your photographic needs and your personal preferences.
Let’s start by looking at the specs and features of the tripod I’m testing, the VEO 3T+ 264CB.
Veo 3T+ 264 CB Key Specifications
Here’s a summary of the main specifications of this tripod.
Weight: 5 pounds /2.27 kgFolded length: 18.9 inches (48 cm)Minimum height: 0.2 inches (0.5 cm)Height fully extended: 61.4 inches (156 cm)Height without column extension: 51.6 inches (131 cm)Load capacity: 33 pounds / 15 kgMain material: carbon fiberHead: ball headMounting type: Arca-Swiss compatible quick release bracketPrice: £329 retail price.
I’d say this is definitely a little on the heavier side for a travel tripod. However, if weight is a concern, you can opt for the VEO 3T + 234CB, which comes in at just under 2kg.
Vanguard VEO 3T+ Features.
Most of the features of the VEO 3T+ range overlap with those of the other VEO 3+ tripods. There are also a couple of new features that help this tripod stand out. Let me go over the main features for you.
The multi-angle center column
The main feature that sets this tripod apart from many other tripods, including those in the lighter VEO Go range, is the multi-angle centre column, or MACC.
Basically, the center column doesn’t just go up and down like on other tripods. Obviously, it can do that, but it can also rotate out and then rotate independently. This opens up a huge world of possibilities, and overcomes some of the traditional challenges you might have with tripod placement.
When you’re out in the field, you often have to place the tripod in a location that may not be totally optimal in order to get the most stable setup, and you find yourself wishing that it could be just a few inches to the left or to the right.
Well, the MACC solves this problem by allowing you to position the camera with much more freedom, so you’re not so constrained by tripod placement. This is very useful in a variety of situations, from shooting near a barrier or in those cases where you can’t get the perfect tripod position.
It’s also useful for close-up work and macro photography. For example, if you want to take overhead shots of food, or close-up shots of flowers, using the MACC means you can position the camera much more accurately compared to a standard tripod. This makes the VEO 3T+ range much more versatile than a traditional travel tripod.
Speaking of versatility, the VEO 3T+ range also comes with a multi-mount.What is a multi-mount? I’m glad you asked.
When you have the MACC extended, you’ll have your camera on the ball head at one end of the center column. In this configuration, you can slide the multi mount on the other end of the center column or what would be the bottom of the center column in a normal configuration.
The multi-mount attaches securely to the center column, and has a standard tripod thread. This means you can attach all sorts of things to the thread. It can be anything from a light or flash unit, another camera or camcorder, a telescope, a microphone or maybe a screen that you have attached to your camera.
If a tripod comes with a bag, it is often a bit of an afterthought. This is not the case with the VEO 3T+ range. Like the VEO 3+ range, the bag that comes with this tripod is a high quality padded product that offers good protection as well as a zipped pocket for any accessories such as Allen keys and extra tripod feet (it comes with regular and pointed rubber feet).
One thing I like about many of Vanguard’s new tripods, including the VEO Go range, is that many of them now come with the ability to convert to a monopod.
This is also the case with the VEO 3T+. Converting it into a monopod is incredibly easy: just unscrew one of the legs, slide the center column out of the tripod and screw it in. Voila, you have a monopod!
A monopod can be useful in a variety of situations where you might not want the full tripod experience. They allow you to get some stability, but also take the weight off your arms if you have a heavy lens. In the case of nature photography, this can be invaluable, as you often need to be able to move your camera quickly, but you also don’t want to have to hold a heavy lens in front of your eyes for hours waiting for the shot.
This is definitely a very useful feature and a great advantage for the VEO 3T+ range.
The VEO 3T+ tripods come with a new head, the VEO BH-160S. This is an Arca-Swiss compatible head.
It is very similar to the BH-160 that comes in the VEO 3+ range, but has a nifty new feature. There is an additional pan control on the ball head just below the quick release plate, in addition to the pan control on the base of the ball head.
The two pan controls are very useful, especially when shooting with the ball head off-center. This means that you can effectively pan the camera, no matter what angle the ball head is at. This is a great improvement.
Previously, if you were shooting with the ball head at an angle, for example, a portrait orientation shot, in order to pan you would have to unlock the ball head. Panning with a ball head alone is difficult because you have total freedom of movement. With the new pan control, you can lock the ball head but still pan with the camera.
I can also see how this would be very useful for people looking for a tripod that is competent for video as well.
Honestly, this is one of my favorite new features of this tripod, and it’s a feature that I hope will be rolled out to more tripods in the future.
I’ve spoken at length with the team at Vanguard about the new manufacturing process for their new tripods, and they regularly get feedback from professional photographers and their customers. Essentially, they have made a significant investment in their manufacturing capabilities, and it really shows.
While I’ve always been happy with the quality of Vanguard products, which I’ve been using for years now, it’s clear that new manufacturing techniques have taken things up a level. This is a top quality product, with beautifully machined parts that work flawlessly. I’m sure this is a tripod that will last for years.
Size and weight
One of the key features of this tripod compared to the VEO 3+ range, as well as other similar tripods such as the Vanguard Alta Pro range, is how much more compact it is when folded down. Here’s a comparison of three tripods to show what I mean.
In this shot, from top to bottom, you have the:
You can see how much more compact the VEO 3T+ is compared to the Alta Pro. By redesigning the tripod so that the head is hidden, the end result is a much more compact system. Now, if we look at these tripods extended:
From left to right we have the:
The two tripods on the left are the lightweight travel-focused tripods. They have five leg sections, which means they fold up smaller, but take a little longer to set up. The tripods on the right have four leg sections, and a height and stability advantage, as well as a more flexible center column.
Comparison of the Vanguard VEO 3T+ 264CB with other tripods.
Now, in my mind there are two current Vanguard tripods that this deserves to be compared to. There’s the VEO 3+ 263CB, which is the carbon fiber version of the tripod I reviewed here.
Then there’s the VEO 3GO 265HCB, which is the successor to my current travel tripod (the VEO 2Go 265HCBM) which I reviewed here.
Here’s a table showing how they compare in some of the key areas.
VEO 3T+ 264CB
VEO 3+ 263CB
VEO 3GO 265HCB
2.27 kg (5 lbs)
2.13 kg (4.7 lbs)
1.4 kg (3.1 lbs)
18.9 inches (48 cm)
29.9 inches (76cm)
16.1 inches (41cm)
Fully extended height
61.4 inches (156cm)
67.9 inches (172.5cm)
65.6 inches (166.5cm)
Height without column extension
51.6 inches (131cm)
57.8 inches (147cm)
49.6 inches (126cm)
33 lbs. (15 kg)
33 lbs. (15 kg)
22 lbs (10 kg)
I chose these three tripods because I wanted to demonstrate some of the choices to make when buying a tripod.
The VEO 3+ 263CB is a really solid choice if you want maximum height and stability. However, with a folded length of 76cm / 29.9 inches, I’d say it’s not going to be practical as a travel tripod in most cases. It’s more of a tripod to accompany you on a road trip in your own country, or for situations where you don’t need to carry it very far, such as studio work. In essence, it’s the spiritual successor to my Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ 263CB.
So compare the two travel-focused tripods on the board. I would suggest that the VEO 3GO 265HCB is the more purely travel focused tripod. You sacrifice a bit of stability and the nifty multi-angle center column in exchange for a lighter and slightly more compact option.
The 3T+ 264CB falls somewhere in between. It’s short enough to stow well for travel and is incredibly sturdy, with the downside being that it’s heavier.
Is the Vanguard VEO 3T+ 264CB a good travel tripod?
The short answer is yes. The longer answer is that, as with many things in life, it depends on your needs. If you want a tripod that allows you to attach multiple devices, has the flexibility offered by the multi-angle column and is also relatively small, then this tripod, or one of the other tripods in the VEO 3T+ range, will be an excellent choice.
Due to the weight, I probably wouldn’t take it on a super long hike, but for general travel photography I think it’s a fantastic choice. However, I personally would probably choose the VEO 3T+ 234CB out of the four in the range. It comes in at less than 2kg, and I could live with the slightly lower maximum height as a trade-off, especially as my camera has a flip-up screen which makes using a slightly lower tripod viable.
On the other hand, if you want a tripod where absolute minimum weight is the key concern, then you’re probably better served by the VEO 3 Go range. They’re a little less stable (especially with the extended double-height centre column), and can’t support as much weight, but they’re definitely lighter.
Of course, you lose the multi-angle center column, which is a wonderful feature, but may not be important to you.
All in all, I think it’s great that with the new VEO 3T+ range Vanguard gives you even more options when it comes to choosing a tripod.
If you want a more compact tripod, you no longer have to limit yourself to the super lightweight travel-focused options.
Now you can get all the great features of the VEO 3+ range, but in a smaller form factor.
In the past, I’ve used Vanguard’s Alta Pro 2+ 263CB tripod in situations where a movable center column was useful, and also when I wanted something a little sturdier than my travel-focused VEO 2Go.
The Alta Pro is a lovely piece of kit, but with a folded height of 74cm it’s not always practical. I definitely feel that the VEO 3T+ range is a much better option for me as a travel photographer when I want something more solid, and in that sense I think this range is a welcome addition to the Vanguard line.
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I also recommend, if you’re looking for a travel tripod, that you check out our roundup of the best travel tripods, which contains lots of options from different manufacturers and price points, as well as lots of tips on what to look out for when buying a tripod.
So much for my review of the Vanguard VEO 3T+ 264CB travel tripod, I hope you found it useful. Before you go, I wanted to share some of our other content that we think you’ll find useful.
Our review of the Vanguard VEO 2 265CB tripod after three years of regular use.
A review of the Vanguard VEO 2Go 265HCBM and the VEO 3+ 263AB.
We have a guide on why you need a tripod, a guide to choosing a travel tripod and a round-up of our favourite travel tripods.
We have a guide on how to use a compact camera, how to use a DSLR camera and how to use a mirrorless camera. We also have a guide on how to use a DSLR camera.
Knowing how to compose a good photo is a key photographic skill. Check out our guide to composition in photography for lots of tips on this topic.
We have a guide on what depth of field is and when to use it.
We’re all about getting the most out of your digital photo files, and to do that you’ll need to shoot in RAW. Check out our guide to RAW in photography to understand what RAW is, and why you should switch to RAW as soon as you can if your camera supports it.
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