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Introducing The New VEO Tripod Support EcoSystem From Vanguard

Introducing The New VEO Tripod Support EcoSystem From Vanguard

VEO TSA Tripod Support Arms

 

Vanguard has introduced a new line-up of accessories that can be used to extend the role of a tripod, turning it into a lighting stand, microphone boom and monitor stand with their new VEO Tripod Support EcoSystem.

The VEO Tripod Support EcoSystem features tripod support arms, cold shoe mounts and a tablet connector meaning photographers no longer need to lug around multiple tripods. 

As more tripods introduce the side mount thread onto the tripod canopy, or even on selected quick release plates such as the QS-72T that comes with the VEO 3T Travel Tripod, there is the option to add accessories to a tripod. To support this, Vanguard has introduced the VEO TSA Tripod Support Arms.  

VEO TSA DLX models incorporate a choice of 1/4” or 3/8” threads, a flat or bayonet plate, ball joints at each end and a serrated steel joint while the VEO TSA models are simpler, lighter solutions with a 1/4” thread with a 1/4” to 3/8” adaptor.

VEO Cold Shoe Mounts

 

To add accessories to your camera flash hot shoe, Vanguard introduces a range of VEO Cold Shoe Mounts. All the models also include a hole for a 1/4” thread on the base and so can be used with the VEO TSA Tripod Support Arms. 

At a basic level, the VEO CSM Cold Shoe Mount is an aluminium cold shoe mount that simply attaches your accessory while the  VEO CSM DLX Cold Shoe Mount allows you to adjust the vertical angle +90° to -90°. It also includes a magnetic quick release system that allows you to fit your accessory in seconds, or attach it to any suitable metallic surface. 

For those with multiple accessories, Vanguard has introduced the VEO CSMM2 and VEO CSMM3 Cold Shoe Multi-Mounts. The VEO CSMM2 Cold Shoe Multi-Mount allows up to two cold shoe-mounted accessories to be fitted, on a bar that allows them to be up to 208mm apart while the VEO CSMM3 Cold Shoe Mult-Mount allows up to three cold shoe-mounted accessories to be fitted, and the two outer mounts allow you to adjust the horizontal angle +90° to -90°. While it does not have a cold shoe mount base, it has a 1/4” thread and so can be attached to either.

VEO TC M

For those who want to enlarge their shots before dismantling their setup, Vanguard introduces the heavy-duty VEO TC M that will allow them to add any tablet up to 220mm wide (connections to the camera not provided). 

The VEO TC M Tablet Connector can attach to a 1/4” thread from a support arm (or any tripod head using the quick release plate), or directly to any Arca compatible tripod head. To add additional accessories there is a cold shoe mount on the top, and slots for two 1/4” tripod support arms.  

Pricing & Availability 

  • VEO TSA DLX – £79.99
  • VEO TSA – £39.99
  • VEO CSM Cold Shoe Mount – £9.99
  • VEO CSM DLX Cold Shoe Mount – £39.99
  • VEO CSMM2 Cold Shoe Multi-Mount – £69.99
  • VEO CSMM3 Cold Shoe Multi-Mount – £49.99
  • VEO TC M Tablet Connector – £49.99
  • All available from November 2021

 

For more details, visit the Vanguard website

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Joby Compact Tripod Range Announced plus Podzilla

Joby Compact Tripod Range: Light, Action, Advanced (left to right)

October 5, 2021

JOBY Compact Tripods are a new tripod range designed to be affordable, versatile, and lightweight, the tripods are full-size tripods, which is a departure from the usual Joby Gorillapod tripods, such as the Gorillapod, which are compact and designed to be able to attach to most things.

The range has been designed for content creators, those shooting photos and/or video, as well as vlogging.

The Joby Compact range includes:

  • Joby Compact Light, includes mobile mount
  • Joby Compact Action, includes joystick head
  • Joby Compact Advanced, with 3-way head, and 3kg capacity
  • Joby Compact 2in1 Monopod with ballhead, can be used as selfie stick, weighs just 0.28kg
Joby Compact Tripod Range: Light, Action, Advanced (left to right)

Joby Compact Tripod Range: Light, Action, Advanced (left to right)

You can add a mobile phone mount to the tripods by buying the tripod as a kit, and the mount includes the ability to add additional accessories such as a microphone and lighting.

Joby Compact 2-in-1 Monopod

The Compact tripod range will be available for £72.95 for the Light Kit, £79.95  for the Action tripod or £86.95 as the Action Kit, and £104.95 / £109.95 for the Advanced tripod on it’s own or as a kit. The 2in1 monopod is available for £52.95.


Joby Podzilla Range (Medium) Colours

In addition to a new range of tripods, Joby has also announced a new Podzilla range of budget tripods and grips that are being realised to be a cheaper alternative to the existing Gorillapod range.

The new Podzilla range uses the standard 1/4inch thread, and has a small ball-head

The Podzilla range includes the

  • Podzilla Medium – upto 1kg, £36.95
  • Podzilla Large – upto 2.5kg, £36.95, £45.95 as Kit

The Podzilla Medium and Large Kit includes the GripTight 360 Phone Mount which includes support for additional accessories, as well as supporting portrait/landscape orientation.

Joby Podzilla gripped to pole

The Podzilla Medium is available in a number of colours, grey, red, teal and yellow.

JOBY – Have Fun. Create.

At JOBY we believe in creation as an act of creativity. Since the very first day, when we were founded in the San Francisco Bay Area, we’ve always designed mounts, cases, lights, stands and grips with a user-centric approach. We’ve always tried to create functional yet playful, innovative yet easy to use products. Today, we keep building our legacy, shaping the content creation world day after day. We’re always there for those who care for what they create, those who always go the extra mile, those who dare to be bold, those who want to leave a mark with their content. And, of course, those who want to have fun along the way. If you’re that kind of creator, we stand by you. Because in the end the world is what we make of it, and together we can make it better – one post, vlog, story at a time.

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New Vanguard VEO MT-12 Multi-Mount/Horizontal Arm For Any Tripod

New Vanguard VEO MT-12 Multi-Mount/Horizontal Arm For Any Tripod

Attach up to four additional cameras/accessories to a tripod with the VEO MT-12 Multi-Mount/Horizontal Arm from Vanguard.

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VEO MT-12 Multi-Mount and Horizontal Arm

 

Vanguard has introduced a new VEO MT-12 Multi-Mount and Horizontal Arm that photographers can attach to their existing tripod to expand its functionality. 

The arm, which is 65cm long, will fit onto any tripod with a 1/4″ or 3/8″ thread, allowing the photographer to add up to four accessories. After attaching the VEO MT-12 to the tripod, the centre of the aluminium bar can be adjusted to the left or right and on either end is a reversible 3/8″ to 1/4″ thread to attach two more accessories or tripod heads, with grub screws that can be used to ensure a secure fit. 

In addition to the bar, Vanguard includes two VEO+ MA1 adaptors that can hold an accessory direct on a 1/4” thread, or using a tripod head for more control, and can be moved to the left or right with ease to position the accessory (or additional camera) perfectly for the shot.

VEO MT-12 Multi-Mount and Horizontal Arm Specification:

  • 65cm long aluminium alloy bar
  • Mounting plate at each end with reversible 3/8” to 1/4” thread
  • 2x VEO+ MA1 mounts
  • 3x 3/8” to 1/4” adaptors
  • Weighs 1,025g
  • Load capacity 10kg
  • Luxury carry bag

 

Pricing & Availability: The VEO MT-12 Multi-Mount and Horizontal Arm is available now on the Vanguard website with a recommended retail price of £119.99.

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Vanguard VEO 3T 265HCBP Carbon Fibre Travel Tripod Review

Vanguard VEO 3T 265HCBP Carbon Fibre Travel Tripod Review

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! 

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Vanguard introduces new VEO 3T Travel Tripod

Vanguard introduces new VEO 3T Travel Tripod

Vanguard has announced it will be launching a new travel tripod, VEO 3T, at The Photography Show this weekend. Find out more below


With an ever-growing choice of social media channels, the demand for kit that can help your content stand out from the crowd is growing, whether you’re using a professional level camera, or a smartphone. Vanguard has recognised that their customers are often photographers first, but still want to create content for their YouTube or TikTok channel, without having to purchase a brand-new set of kit.

To support this, Vanguard introduces a new series – VEO 3T Travel Tripods – a versatile solution for photography and content creation needs.

Vanguard introduces new VEO 3T Travel Tripod 1

The VEO 3T includes everything you’d expect in a high quality travel tripod, with additional features that help anyone get the best result for their video with a camera or smartphone.

For photographers, these travel tripods deliver a solid, stable platform that hold up to 12kg, yet fold down to as little as 41cm and include a host of features that customers have come to expect from Vanguard, such as Arca compatible heads, a low angle adaptor, hook at the base of the central column for attaching additional weight, spiked feet and a tripod bag.

Vanguard introduces new VEO 3T Travel Tripod 2

For vloggers, these travel tripods include an Arca compatible ball head that comes with a removable pan-handle, allowing greater control while filming. They also introduce a new Arca compatible quick release plate that can hold a camera or smartphone up to 85mm wide, and a Bluetooth remote control for IOS or Android

Vanguard introduces new VEO 3T Travel Tripod 3

All VEO 3T heads include a removable and telescopic pan-handle, with a separate pan-lock. For mid to full sized tripods the VEO BP-120T that comes with the VEO 3T 265HABP (aluminium) or VEO 3T 265HCBP (carbon fibre) has a load capacity of up to 12kg and a 58mm base diameter.

For travel to mid-sized tripods, the VEO BP-50T that comes with the VEO 3T 235ABP (aluminium) or VEO 3T 235CBP (carbon fibre)  has a load capacity of up to 8kg and a 50mm base diameter.

For travel tripods and monopods, will be the VEO BP-45 with a 4kg load capacity and a 42mm base.

These heads will be available to buy separately in November 2021.

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The VEO 3T series also includes the new Arca compatible QS-72T quick release plate that acts as a long (70mm) quick release plate, or can convert to hold a smartphone up to 85mm wide by simply lifting the central column and inserting the smartphone, which is held in place by a sprung clamp.

On the top of the column is a cold shoe mount that can be used to attach an accessory such as a light or microphone. On the side of the QS-72T is a 1/4” thread that can be used to attach a support arm for additional kit.

On the tripod canopy, there are also two 3/8” threads to attach another two tripod support arms, and even more accessories. This combination offers any photographer or vlogger the ability to use one support to hold multiple accessories to maximise any shoot, all on a single travel tripod.

Vanguard introduces new VEO 3T Travel Tripod 5

For vloggers or photographers looking to capture low angle or macro shots, the VEO 3T includes 3-easy set leg angles (20°, 50° and 80°) and has a reversible central column for a quick setup. Alternatively, they can set up the low angle adaptor provided which has a 1/4” thread to fit any tripod head (though will need an adaptor for 3/8” threads).

The VEO 3T also includes a leg that converts to a monopod in seconds. Perfect for those shots where you don’t need or can’t use a tripod. All models include fast set twist locks with the added advantage that they are easy to clean, allowing photographers or vloggers to maximise the life of their tripod, even when used in the toughest conditions.

Vanguard introduces new VEO 3T Travel Tripod 6

This travel sized tripod folds down to as little as 41cm and extends up to 166cm. Take a look at the VEO 3T Series and #makeupyourownmind.

All models include:
• Removable pan-handle
• Arca compatible QS-72T quick release plate for camera/smartphone
• Cold shoe mount
• Ability to hold up to 3 tripod support arms
• 3-easy set leg angles (20°, 50° and 80°)
• Leg that converts to a monopod
• Low angle adaptor
• Rubber or spiked feet
• Tripod bag

Vanguard introduces new VEO 3T Travel Tripod 7

The VEO 3T series will be launched exclusively at The Photography Show, 18th -21st September.

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8 Top Tips On Using Your Tripod Safely On Rugged Terrain

8 Top Tips On Using Your Tripod Safely On Rugged Terrain

Scottish Landscape

 

When using a tripod on terrain that is rocky, uneven, or hilly, there are a few things that you can do to make sure your tripod is as stable as it can be. Some of these tips may seem like common sense, but they will hopefully help prevent any accidents such as your camera taking a plunge in a river!

 

1. Weight And Load

Before you venture out make sure you’re using a tripod that can support the weight of your gear. Also, if you’re buying a new tripod and are planning on getting larger heavier lenses in the future do take this into consideration when making your purchase. Look for a light tripod rated for the highest weight as you’ll soon notice the weight of your tripod once you’re halfway up a wet, uneven hillside. 

 

2. Assess Your Environment

It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so make sure that the area is stable enough to stand your tripod on before setting up. If you’re working on very rocky terrain or near the edge of a big drop, make sure the tripod is not liable to slip.

It can also take a while to set your tripod up so it’s always a good idea to find your location and have some ideas about composition before putting your camera on its support. 

 

3. Legs Before Column

When setting up, extend the legs before extending the centre column. Extending just the centre column is one quick operation and you are ready to shoot, but it is not good technique and can leave you with an unstable base to work with.

 

Scottish Landscape

 

4. Adjust The Legs

Extend the fattest leg section first and keep the thin, spindly legs till last for when you really need the height. Having a wider base to work with is always a wise decision as they are more stable. Many tripods now offer various angle settings that lock at different degrees.

 

5. Ensure Your Tripod Is Level

Many tripods and tripod heads have built-in spirit levels to help you keep the tripod level. If your tripod hasn’t, buy a spirit level to fit onto the camera’s accessory shoe.

 

6. Position Of Your Tripod’s Legs

Point one of the legs towards your subject so you have room for your feet between the two other legs. This will mean you have one less thing you have to worry about falling over when working on tricky terrain. 

 

Scottish Waterfall

 

7. What Feet Does Your Tripod Have?

Most tripods have rubber feet which absorb shock and offer good grip, but some do have spiked feet. Spiked feet can be bought as optional accessories or sometimes you can get both types in one. They’re particularly useful for outdoor photographers as most of the time you’ll end up working on loose soil, dirt, and other surfaces that will be uneven. 

8. Keep It Stable On Windy Days

Some tripods have a hook which you can feature a centre column hook, you can hang a bag of stones or other weighty objects off it to balance the tripod. Another option is to take a heavy camera bag and wrap the strap(s) around the tripod’s head to add extra weight. For lighter tripods, use your body as a shield from the wind. Sticking spiked feet into the ground will also help keep the tripod still, they’re particularly useful when working at the coast to stop waves knocking your gear into the sea. 

Another option is to use a piece of string or some nylon webbing can add extra stability. Tie one end to the centre column and have the other tied in a loop. Next time in a strong wind, have the string/webbing hanging down and slip your shoe into it and lean down. Your body weight will give extra stability.

   

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Win A Vanguard VEO 3T 265HCBP Tripod Or 1 Of 4 OSLO 25BY Shoulder Bags

Win A Vanguard VEO 3T 265HCBP Tripod Or 1 Of 4 OSLO 25BY Shoulder Bags

Enter our ‘Dawn/Dusk’ photography competition to be in with a chance of winning 1 of 5 top prizes from Vanguard which includes a travel tripod worth £269.99.

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Win A Vanguard VEO 3T 265HCBP Tripod Or 1 Of 4 OSLO 25BY Shoulder Bags

 

 

We’re kicking off September with a brand-new competition, sponsored by our friends Vanguard, who are giving you the chance to win some top photography accessories.

With darker nights and later sunrises just around the corner, we thought ‘Dawn/Dusk’ would be the perfect theme for September’s photography competition.

You can upload your entries to our competition forum and those who do could win a Vanguard VEO 3T 265HCBP Tripod or 1 of 4 OSLO 25BY Shoulder Bags we have to give away. 

The Prizes Up For Grabs From Vanguard Are:

 

How Do I Enter?

To be in with a chance of winning one of these great prizes, we want to see images that fit the theme: ‘Dusk/Dawn’. Think pastel sunrises, foggy mornings, low light evening portraits… anything that fits the theme. 

Simply submit your photos over in our competition forum before midnight on 30 September 2021 for the chance to win one of the top prizes Vanguard are giving away. 

 

Closing Date & Entry Details 

The competition closes at midnight on 30 September 2021. Entries added after this time will not be counted. 2 entries are allowed for free members and up to 4 entries are allowed for Plus members. Anyone who submits more images than they are allowed to will be disqualified. Entries posted on the bottom of this article will not be counted! Please use the competition forum topic.

 

More On The Prizes Up For Grabs…

 

1st Prize – Vanguard VEO 3T 265HCBP Tripod

VEO 3T 265HCBP CARBON FIBRE TRAVEL TRIPOD/MONOPOD WITH BALL/PAN HEAD - 12KG LOAD CAPACITY

 

The VEO 3T 265HCBP is a carbon fibre travel tripod that transforms from a tripod to a monopod, with 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.  Perfect for photographers or vloggers who want to shoot photos or videos with either a digital camera or a smartphone.

  • Compact 26mm, 5-section carbon fibre travel tripod
  • Includes VEO BP-120T Arca compatible ball head with separate pan lock
  • Includes a removable telescopic panhandle to allow greater control
  • Includes 70mm long quick release plate that can hold a smartphone up to 85mm wide
  • Includes a Bluetooth remote control for IOS or Android
  • Folds down to just 44cm and weighs just 1.9kg
  • Extends to 166cm with 12kg maximum load capacity
  • Low angle/macro shooting with reversible center column, or using the Low Angle Adaptor included
  • 3-easy set leg angles for maximum stability in any position
  • Hook at base of central column to attach additional weight for added stability
  • A leg that converts to a monopod
  • Bluetooth remote control allows centre column/monopod to be used for vlogging on the go
  • Rapid set and easy to clean twist locks
  • Rubber or Anti-Rust Stainless-Steel Spiked Feet for maximum stability on any terrain
  • Includes a tripod Bag

 

4 Runners-Up Prizes – OSLO 25BY Shoulder Bags

OSLO 25BY SHOULDER BAG

The OSLO 25 is a compact shoulder bag that fits a DSLR or mirrorless camera with a lens attached, 3-4 lenses, a flash, essential accessories, and a 9-inch tablet. Available in three enticing colour combinations: black, burgundy, and silver.

Features: 

  • Quick-action – top access in split seconds
  • Agile & Steady – non-slip shoulder strap
  • Always protected – well-padded all round
  • No scratches promise – velvet on the inside
  • No fumbling – light-coloured interior makes finding things easy
  • Well organized – dedicated pockets for all essentials
  • Digitally oriented – holds an 9-inch tablet
  • Clean and dry – feet on the bottom
  • Keep dry – total coverage rain cover

 

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Review: The Leofoto Poseidon LP-284C Tripod is Light and Sandproof

Review: The Leofoto Poseidon LP-284C Tripod is Light and Sandproof

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Leofoto’s newest tripod, the Poseidon LP-284C, claims to be a lightweight carbon fiber travel tripod that’s both waterproof and sandproof. If true, this would truly set it apart and make it an indispensable companion for photo missions in just about any condition and any location. I put it to the test over the course of two weeks in Iceland, where it faced rain, wind, sand, surf, ocean, and even a volcano. Read on to find out how it fared.

Note: I have no affiliation with the company and purchased the tripod with my own funds

The Good

  • Stiff and stable in moderate winds (10-20 mph)
  • Impressively lightweight
  • Leg twist locks are effective at keeping out sand and water
  • Easy to rinse clean
  • Adjustable legs allow you to get very close to the ground
  • Seems likely to be very resistant to corrosion

The Bad

  • Carabiner weight hook allows way too much movement in wind and is prone to falling out and getting lost
  • Leg hinges may not be protected from sand or salt water
  • Leg adjustment pull tabs did not work as expected: 2/3 tabs required user to pull and hold to adjust
  • Not very tall

The Unknown

  • Long-term durability and corrosion-resistance
  • Material of the leg locks and threads
  • Leofoto warranty

Initial Verdict

Excellent from the first leg section down: the design of the legs really does prevent sand and water infiltration into the locking threads and leg interior.

Multiple issues from the leg pull-tabs and hinges on up. It seems likely that if this tripod is going to fail, it would be because of something in this region. You can minimize the chance of issues by keeping this area free from sand and saltwater. Be sure to carefully inspect all the parts in this area to make sure they all work as expected, as it seems like there is inconsistent quality control.

Good value for the price, though you may be able to find a tripod similarly light and easy to clean with flip-locks for less money. Though it may be tough to find something that checks all those boxes and is as stiff/stable as the Leofoto.

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MeFoto to Leofoto

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How we all feel after having to fully disassemble, clean, and re-grease a tripod for the third time in as many months

Having recently returned from a visit to the desert and with a trip to Iceland coming up, I was sick and tired of having to constantly disassemble, wash, dry, re-grease, and re-assemble my MeFoto Roadtrip tripod every single time I set it up around sand (and even then still having sand grains stuck in the twist-lock leg threads). I was ready to get a tripod with flip-locks as a solution, but saw the new Leofoto Poseidon tripod and figured I’d give it a shot. In all fairness to MeFoto (now Benro), their customer service was outstanding the couple of times I needed support or a replacement part, but it seemed like there were alternatives that offered greater stability, a comparatively small and light form factor, greater resistance to the elements, and competitive prices.

I hadn’t heard of Leofoto before, but thanks to The Center Column and a number of user reports online, I was ready to give it a shot.

Quick Specs

The Leofoto Poseidon LP-284C is very similar to their LS-284C model, which as you can see from The Center Column‘s table, punches above its weight and sits alongside tripods from heavy hitters Really Right Stuff and Gitzo.

Here are some of the key specs:

  • Maximum height: 50.8″ (it doesn’t have a center column)
  • Minimum height: 6.3″ (it gets really low, great for getting up close with your foreground or for macro shots)
  • Weight: 3.4 lbs (including ball head)
  • Folded length: 21.3″
  • Max capacity: 22 lbs
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The very low minimum height allows you to get up close and personal with your foreground and offers additional stability in case your carabiner weight hook fails and vanishes into the void like mine did (read on for more on that).

It’s made mainly out of carbon fiber, with titanium spiked feet, tube plugs, and threaded rubber feet. The tripod typically comes kitted with the Leofoto LH-30 ball head, which is made out of coated anodized aluminum. Note the ball head is rated to support 13.2 lbs, which is less than the tripod’s max capacity, so be careful if you plan to use heavy lenses or other gear on this tripod/ball head combo.

Real World Testing

I received my tripod just two days before leaving for Iceland, so when I got there it was unused and fresh out of the box.

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Ok ok, so I took this with my drone not my 70-300mm lens…but it turned out much better than the images I got with the zoom lens, so…

Zoom zoom

Its first test was on a hill with a slight breeze, looking at the still-erupting Geldingadalir volcano. I had a Nikkor 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 mounted, and zoomed in all the way to 300mm. The tripod was quick to set up and the legs locked securely, though the ball head did droop slightly even after tightening all the way. It wasn’t a lot and was easy to correct by aiming the lens slightly higher than I wanted it, but it was still noticeable and a minor inconvenience.

Wind and rain

Despite it being summer, bad weather seemed to follow me everywhere I went on the island. This meant I got to test the Poseidon tripod out in the wind and rain early and often. This tripod handled the rain without blinking. The internal o-rings/tube plugs inside the leg locks worked well and kept water from the leg sections that had been extended from entering and made it much quicker and easier to dry.

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The threaded hole for Leofoto’s carabiner weight hook is slightly awkward to access and was prone to loosening itself and falling out.

The tripod performed generally well in the wind, with one really big caveat (keep reading). As noted by The Center Column in their review of the LS-284C, this tripod is quite stiff. Even with all four leg sections extended, I had no problem getting sharp images even in decently windy (10-20 mph) conditions and wasn’t too worried about tripod stability/security either.

Here’s the caveat: the wind did pick up to 30+ mph on quite a few occasions, and that’s when I really wanted a good ballast weight to help anchor and secure the tripod. But unfortunately, this is where the Poseidon fell very short. Out of the box, it does include a threaded carabiner that can be screwed into the underside of the ball head after awkwardly splaying its legs, but here’s the thing: it didn’t stay in!

It took less than a day for my carabiner/screw combo to somehow loosen itself enough to fall out and disappear without my noticing. Fortunately, I had another one from a different Leofoto tripod, so I screwed that one in and secured it with duck tape. That worked but was a crude and temporary solution that required me to be constantly switching it between tripods. I also quickly discovered that the somewhat unique carabiner (rather than the more traditional hook) is a very poor design choice. Unlike a hook, the carabiner was connected via a metal ring, which lets the carabiner have a full range of motion. This is the opposite of what you want in the wind, as it lets your weight swing around much more readily, and it became a real problem with my backpack (my weight) swinging repeatedly into the tripod legs, causing vibrations and ruining multiple shots.

Sand and ocean

Ok, so the carabiner issue is real and somewhat significant, especially if you’ll be shooting in windy conditions. But I could MAYBE overlook that if the tripod lived up to its bold claims of being water- and sand-proof. I made no attempt to baby the tripod, taking it to multiple beaches, where the legs and feet were repeatedly submerged both in dry and wet sand and battered by the surf of the North Atlantic. I didn’t have enough freshwater to wash it off with, so I tried to simply rinse off sand in the ocean before letting it partially air dry and later collapsing the legs.

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The Leofoto Poseidon LP-284C tripod chilling and enjoying the clouds and cold wind by the surf on Reynisfjara Beach
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Who doesn’t enjoy sticking their feet into the cold sand??

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It was exposed to water (ocean and fresh) just about every day. I didn’t intentionally try to get sand stuck in the locks and did make sure to tighten the leg locks before sticking it in sand or ocean water, but beyond that, I fully exposed it to the elements to see how it would hold up over the course of two weeks.

After about one week, there was some salt residue clearly visible on the legs and some black sand that was building up on the very edges of the leg locks (where it should be blocked from entering the threads themselves by the o-ring and sealed locking mechanism). This was more or less expected given the conditions I was exposing it to.

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When I finally had access to a sink, I simply unscrewed the leg locks all the way and gave the whole tripod a quick rinse (without disassembling). This seemed to work, though it seemed as though there MAY have been a few grains of sand that got through into the threads based on the feel and faint grinding sound from trying to tighten a couple of the leg locks.

And that was it! If I had been using my MeFoto Roadtrip tripod, I am 100% certain that the leg locks would be grinding away with plenty of sand infiltration into the threads. I was impressed.

After another week of use on land, mud, sand, river, and ocean, it was not much worse for wear save for some scratches around the top plate and leg angle adjustment pull-tabs.

Once I got home, I gave it a more thorough rinse (still without disassembling all the way) and let it air dry. This seemed to remove all the sand and salt residue, and the leg locks twisted cleanly and smoothly without any evidence of lingering sand grains.

Leg hinges

Closer inspection revealed that there were actually a fair number of tiny sand grains that had found their way onto the hinge washers. These hinges can be a major failure point, and in fact had failed on my MeFoto tripod, causing one leg to randomly detach and fall off. It’s important to keep these hinges free from saltwater and sand as the elements can quickly degrade the hinge grease.

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Rinsing did not remove all the sand from the washers, so I didn’t want to unscrew the hinges to check for sand infiltration as sand could have become introduced by me from unscrewing them.

Leofoto makes no mention of if or how the hinges are protected from sand or saltwater on their product page, so it’s entirely possible that the hinges are unprotected. If that’s true, then I would consider them the weakest and most vulnerable points on the tripod.

While we’re talking about the leg hinges, it’s worth commenting on the pull tabs. In theory, it’s a straightforward design – you pull the tab out and can then adjust the leg angle, with the tab clicking into place at one of several locking points, including nearly horizontal. However, 2 of the 3 pull tabs on my tripod did not stay extended – I’d pull them out and they would immediately snap back in, so I’d have to pull the tabs out and hold them while also pushing the leg out, which was more awkward and more trouble than it should be. It also significantly slowed down the process of adjusting the legs.

Verdict: Worth It?

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As of the time of posting, the non-waterproof version of this tripod, the LS-284C, cost $350, and the Poseidon LP-284C cost $50 more ($400). If you were already going to get the LS-284C and think you’ll ever want to shoot in sandy or wet conditions, I think it’s worth the extra $50. The tripod is quite stiff, impressively lightweight, and the sealed leg locks make it possible to use in sandy and wet environments without a second thought.

In my testing, the sealed leg locks worked well to keep out sand and water. They weren’t 100% perfect, but I would say they kept out 99+% of sand, which is huge and will be a very obvious and tangible improvement if you’re weary from having to constantly take apart your tripod to clean it out. And cleaning was very quick and easy.

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One unknown is whether any parts will corrode over time. There was no evidence of any corrosion in the couple of weeks that I tested it, but this is something that would likely take longer to appear and would seriously interfere with the tripod’s proper functioning if it did appear. The use of titanium is a good choice to keep weight down and improve corrosion resistance, so I suspect the risk of corrosion (on the legs at least) is low. However, the only parts that Leofoto specifically calls out as being titanium are the tube plugs, foot spikes, and threads for the rubber feet. What about the rest of the leg locking mechanism, including the threads?

The Leofoto Poseidon LP-284C does have significant drawbacks that you should consider before buying. First, the carabiner ballast is a very poor design choice, allowing your weight to act like a sail with a full range of motion in the wind, and, at least for my tripod, it could not be fully secured – it would unscrew itself and fall out. That’s not good. After just a week, I gave up on it and abandoned trying to have any ballast to weigh down and secure the tripod. When the wind really picked up, I retracted the legs and lowered the tripod close to the ground. This works in some situations, but obviously not all.

Second, the hinges and leg adjustment pull-tabs are a concern. Not only is it unclear whether the hinges have any protection at all from sand and saltwater, but the pull tabs themselves seem to suffer from a real lack of quality control, with 2/3 of them not able to function as intended and requiring me to pull and then hold each in order to adjust the legs.

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The way I think of this tripod is that it’s waterproof and sand-proof starting with the first leg section on down. Above that (the pull-tabs, hinges, top plate, and ball head) there is no indication of being water- or sand-proof, and care should be taken to minimize exposure to these elements as they can cause substantial wear and tear, shortening the lifespan of the tripod or requiring more frequent deep cleans and maintenance.

One final consideration is the Leofoto warranty. Though it’s advertised as coming with a 10-year warranty, I’d take that with a grain of salt. There is little info available online about how to obtain warranty service and very few reports of customers receiving warranty service. Leofoto is also based in China, which means that if you do need service, you would presumably need to ship the tripod there, which would not be cheap or quick for those of us not based in China. It’s possible Leofoto would cover the full cost of shipping, but at least from what I can tell, it’s a gamble as to whether there is any substance behind their 10-year warranty claim.

If you’re careful to take care of this tripod and are lucky enough to get one that doesn’t suffer from the quality control issues that mine did, this tripod could be a good value for the money. On the other hand, if you can find a stiff, stable, lightweight tripod with flip-locks (some people just don’t like flip-locks, but I don’t have any real problem with them) made from high-quality durable plastic or corrosion-resistant stainless steel for under $400, that would be very much worth considering, in my opinion.


About the author: Dan Mitler is an outdoor photographer and hiker. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. You can find more of Mitler’s work on his website and Instagram. This article was also published here.

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Manfrotto and Gitzo Attempt to Standardize Tripod Load Capacity

Manfrotto and Gitzo Attempt to Standardize Tripod Load Capacity

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Manfrotto and Gitzo have registered a new testing practice with the UNI — an Italian standardization body — which creates a new international standard for tripod load capacity, though it has yet to be adopted outside of the two companies.

As spotted by DIY Photography, the new standardization UNI / PdR 105: 2021 was filed in May and contains a testing method for determining the maximum payload of supports for both tripods and tripod heads for photo and video use. The standardization documents are available in both Italian and English, and while Manfrotto and Gitzo may have created the testing practice, the UNI now owns the responsibility for its enforcement and will oversee all companies who wish to use the standard to certify products.

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“The reference practice UNI/PdR 105:2021 has been published by UNI (Ente Nazionale Italiano di Unificazione) the independent Italian pan-sector regulatory body recognized internationally by CEN and ISO. As such, UNI is entrusted with the development, publication and promotion of standards and best practices to improve efficiency and effectiveness of the socioeconomic system together with consumer and environmental protection,” the tripod manufacturer states, according to CineD.

The reference practice is aimed at defining the test method for determining the maximum payload of the supports (tripods and heads) used for photos and videos. The document is applicable to all photo and video supports equipped with mechanical friction locks which are identified and divided into the following categories:

There is no current industry standard for how tripod companies rate how much weight a tripod can safely hold nor is the difference between a tripod’s “maximum payload” versus its “safety payload” often specified. Manfrotto says that the “safety payload” is the maximum weight that a tripod can handle while maintaining its full functionality safely while the maximum payload is how much the tripod can hold before it collapses. The company asserts that this difference in load capacity should be more transparent across the industry.

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At the time of publication, only Vitec Group’s Manfrotto and Gitzo have signed on to use the standard, though the hope is clearly that it will spread and be used by the entire industry. Both Manfrotto and Gitzo tripods will carry a certification on the “safety payload” for each of its tripods, which will instruct photographers how much load it can safely hold and both continue to operate fully as well as not damage the tripod in the long term.

Standards are already in place for water resistance testing (IP ratings) and camera batteries (CIPA ratings), though further standardization of testing is uncommon in the photography industry. It is unclear if other manufacturers will see an advantage to using the standardization, though consumer pressure may go a long way to seeing it widely adopted.

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Edelkrone Launches The Tiny and Flexible FlexTILT v3 Tripod Head

Edelkrone Launches The Tiny and Flexible FlexTILT v3 Tripod Head

Edelkrone has released the latest generation of its best-selling tripod head, the $99 FlexTILT Head v3 which has been re-engineered to cost less — $50 cheaper than its predecessor.

The previous version of the FlexTILT Head 2 released in 2016 (and the 3d printed version released in 2019) have been one of the company’s best selling products and one of the more unique tripod heads on the market. Edelkrone says that what makes this tripod head useful is its compact size and extending and tilting capabilities.

“The FlexTILT Head has become a widely used product in no time among photographers and videographers. That’s why we have decided to make it even more accessible by reducing its cost of production through advanced (re)engineering,” says the product design team at Edelkrone.

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On top of the design and engineering improvements, the company says the FlexTILT Head v3 can simplify the camera angle positioning with a single hand thanks to its new buttonless and knob-less design by implementing the company’s one-of-a-kind “Constant Friction Technology.” According to the product page, the new version of the tripod head will reduce existing tripod limitations by creating easy height adjustments without having to physically adjust the tripod legs. Users would only have to pull from the camera to raise the head and tilt it to change the angle.

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The company says finding the center of gravity with the FlexTILT Head v3 will be “effortless,” especially on flat surfaces where it doubles as a stand-alone camera stand. The improved system reportedly increases the dolly in and out range by up to 6.7-inches (17 centimeters) when fully extended and used to record video on any slider.

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Additionally, users should be able to easily achieve precise panoramas by using the FlexTILT Head v3 pan marking and lens center shifting feature. The only limiting factor of the FlexTILT Head design is its weight capacity: the v3 is only capable of supporting a system weighing up to 5.5 pounds (2.5 kilograms), meaning, yes, you can make faster changes in your photo or video setups, but you can only use smaller systems on the head.

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The FlexTILT Head v3 is available now for $99 on the Edelkrone webstore.

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