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Vanguard VEO 2 204AB Black Aluminum Travel Tripod with VEO 2 BH-45 Ball Head for Sony, Nikon, Canon, Fujifilm Mirrorless, Compact System Camera (CSC), DSLR
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- Intuitive and simple to set the tripod into desired position: Exclusive and innovative central column system that allows you to set the central column and tripod legs in less than 15 seconds
- Sturdy ball head with large ergonomic knob safely provides up to an 8.8 pound work load performance for quality images. Arca compatible QR plate
- Highly engineered leg tubes for smooth and precise leg extensions and Independent leg positioning at 3 different angles (20°, 45°, 80°) for more versatility and possibilities to adapt to uneven terrain enabling you to shoot more creative pictures
- Dedicated suspension loop on canopy to accommodate counterbalance weights or bags for additional stability and Non-slip, all-weather TPU grips on 1 leg for the perfect hand grip
- Tripod Specifications: 20 mm, 4 section aluminum legs. Folded height: 15.75". Extended height: 53.1". Weight: 2.53 pounds
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VANGUARD VEO 2
VEO 2 235AB Red - Photo by Bryan Minear.
Vanguard is a global company that designs and manufactures tripods, bags, sporting optics, and accessories. For over 30 years, our drive to disrupt mediocrity and commitment to innovation has allowed us to create the highest quality products for photographers and outdoor enthusiasts at an affordable price.
- Michigan Based Company
VEO 2 Travel Tripods
The Collection that Knows Its Way Around the World
The VEO 2 tripod series is part of the VEO Collection; a complete range of Tripods, Monopods, Heads and Bags which are specifically designed and packed with features to meet all the moments of your travel experiences.
With VEO 2 tripods, VANGUARD has paid particularly close attention to details, focusing on users’ operability & ingenuity in order to make it unique to your style.
- Available in Aluminum and Carbon Fiber
- Arca-Type Compatible QR Plate Included
- Tripod Bag with Short Angle Adapter Included
- Non-slip, all-weather TPU grips on 1 leg for the perfect hand grip.
VEO 2 TRIPOD FEATURES
Quick Set-Up Center Column
Exclusive and innovative Central Column system that allows to set the central column and tripod legs in less than 15 seconds.
New Twist Lock System
Advanced Twist lock system for fast and rock-solid position setting. Extend the 4 sections in a matter of seconds.
3 Different Leg Angles
Independent Leg positioning at 3 different angles (20°, 45°, 80°) for more versatility and the possibility to adapt to uneven terrain. Short adapter included!
Strong & Lightweight
VEO 2 doesn't comprise on stability with its 1st Rate Material for lightweight, robust and long-lasting performances.
|VEO 2 204AB||VEO 2 235AB||VEO 2 235CB||VEO 2 264AB||VEO 2 265AB||VEO 2 265CB|
|LOAD CAPACITY||8.8 Lbs||13.2 Lbs||13.2 Lbs||17.6 Lbs||17.6 Lbs||17.6 Lbs|
|MATERIAL||Aluminum||Aluminum||Carbon Fiber||Aluminum||Aluminum||Carbon Fiber|
|AVAILABLE COLORS||Anthracite, Red, Blue||Anthracite, Red, Blue||Anthracite||Anthracite||Anthracite||Anthracite|
|HEAD TYPE||VEO 2 BH-45 Arca-Compatible Ball Head||VEO 2 BH-50 Arca-Compatible Ball Head||VEO 2 BH-50 Arca-Compatible Ball Head||VEO 2 BH-50 Arca-Compatible Ball Head||VEO 2 BH-50 Arca-Compatible Ball Head||VEO 2 BH-50 Arca-Compatible Ball Head|
|WEIGHT||2.53 Lbs||3.05 Lbs||2.63 Lbs||3.44 Lbs||3.38 Lbs||2.9 Lbs|
|WARRANTY||2 years + 8 years extension warranty bonus by registering product in Vanguard website.||2 years + 8 years extension warranty bonus by registering product in Vanguard website.||2 years + 8 years extension warranty bonus by registering product in Vanguard website.||2 years + 8 years extension warranty bonus by registering product in Vanguard website.||2 years + 8 years extension warranty bonus by registering product in Vanguard website.||2 years + 8 years extension warranty bonus by registering product in Vanguard website.|
The Veo Collection
Vanguard's second generation VEO Collection includes newly designed tripods, heads, and bags that are ultra-compact and designed for the travel photographer’s lifestyle.
The new VEO Collection is the ideal option for photographers looking to minimize luggage and maximize impact. VEO matches any competitor in terms of portability and exceeds them with innovative and advanced features.
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|Color||Gray||Black||Black||—||B671C Carbon Fiber Tripod||Black|
|Item Dimensions||4.5 x 4.5 x 18.2 in||30.7 x 5.1 x 4.7 in||15.35 x 4.53 x 4.53 in||20.87 x 5.31 x 5.31 in||16.9 x 4.2 x 4.1 in||15.7 x 5 x 5 in|
|Item Weight||2.53 lbs||5.38 lbs||3.75 lbs||—||3 lbs||3.1 lbs|
|Material Type||aluminum||aluminum||aluminum||—||carbon fiber||aluminum|
|Maximum Height||—||173.04 cm||—||168 cm||—||144 cm|
|Style Name||VEO 2 204AB Black||Alta Pro 263AB 100 tripod kit||VEO 265AB||Original Version||—||—|
Composing photographs of unique architecture from different civilizations, capturing unexpected moments of wildlife, beautiful scenes of cultures and people from around the world, browsing different sites and taking in the various beauties of nature are unique opportunities to share your stories and emotions. Take it everywhere with you! Set it up in matter of seconds, use the advanced engineering legs and twist lock systems with confidence while enjoying versatile creative positions. The VEO 2 204AB Black tripod has been built to be your “best passport” for travel photography. With a snap of the fingers, swing the VEO 2 central column into place, connect your camera and you’re ready to shoot at a moment’s notice. The VEO 2 BH-45 ball head is sturdy and operates perfectly thanks to a large ergonomic knob. The Arca type compatible plate with ¼” D-ring offers quick camera attachment and release. The 4 section aluminum legs come with a rapid advanced twist lock system that is ergonomically designed to be extended with one hand, and to lock in at less than 10 seconds. The low angle adaptor and the 3 leg angles at 20°, 45° and 80° ensure the perfect position and stability on uneven terrain, and enables you to take more creative pictures from different angles. With angle designed rubber feet, VEO 2 grants you the perfect grip on ground. VEO 2 SF spiked feet (sold separately) will ensure perfect grip for outdoor environments. The dedicated suspension loop on the canopy accommodates counterbalance weights or bags for additional stability. A stylish design with soft rubber handle provides an unbeatable grip. Use the included carrying tripod bag with shoulder strap when you're ready to go to your next photo adventure.
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I used to use a Gitzo Series 1 and Series 2 tripods as my travel tripods for my much heavier battery-gripped Canon 5D Mark 2 camera gear along with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. I have completely switched to Fuji XT-2 system, with the longest lens I bring for travel is the 18-135mm. In other words, my travel camera gear is fairly light. I would trust this tripod on most, if not all, of my vacations that I go to where it's not overly windy and cold, and I only need the tripod for exposure of a few seconds to about 15 minutes max. I don't do astrophotography where you would leave your camera shutter opened for hours at a time. If you're into astrophography, you may be looking into some much heavier for it.
Overall, I love this tripod. At 3.1 pounds, it is probably as light as I would like a tripod to be. Personally, I feel that anything that's lighter than 3 pounds would be too light and would be unstable with even slight wind. This tripod folds up to be pretty short and compact. Below is what I love about the tripod:
* Feels very sturdy and solid for the size. The build quality is very good.
* Very quick to splay the legs by clicking on the button
* Solid arca-swiss compatible ball head with friction adjustment (improvement over the first Vanguard Veo Ballhead)
* The twist-lock only requires 1/4 turn to lock/unlock. This makes set up and break down fairly quickly.
* Comes with a short center column for very low setup.
* Very fast set up with the reversible head. I love how fast it takes to get the tripod ready to use. Before purchasing my first Vanguard VEO (original), I evaluated a few travel tripods. One of them was the Manfroto BeFree. The one thing that drove me a little nuts with most travel tripods is the amount of time it takes for setup/breakdown. You literally have to reverse all three legs into position, lock them out, unlock the center column, move it back down to position, lock it. It's not a lot of work per se, but once I get the tripod into useable position, I don't want to break it down until I'm back in the hotel. Now the problem with that is the bags that typically come with the travel tripods are designed to fit the tripod when they're fully collapsed. So you'll find yourself in the position of setting up your tripod, shoot, breaking it down, go elsewhere and repeat. I alleviated that situation by purchasing a separate tripod bag that can accommodate the tripod when it's in properly set up. The Vanguard Veo takes literally 3 seconds to unlock the center column, flip it, and lock it back.
* Reasonably tall for a travel tripod. I'm 6 feet tall, and with all the legs fully extended, it comes up to a respectable height after you add the camera on top of the ball head. If you extend the center column, it'll be close to my eye level. As an important tripod tip, for stability purposes, I typically keep the tripod as low as possible. I normally extend the thickest legs first, then move down if necessary. If possible, I would avoid using the bottom legs and avoid extending the center column. This tip is not just for this tripod, it's for any tripod. If I have to extended all legs and center column, I usually only use it for very short exposure (less than a couple of seconds). Anything that's longer exposure (10 minutes or above), I'll keep the tripod low.
* Center column is not permanently extended like other travel tripods. There are a few travel tripods (e.g., MeFoto Backpacker or Manfrotto BeFree One) that have the center column permanently extended. You cannot move the center column down at all. This obviously impact the stability of the tripod.
Finally, here are some comparison between the Vanguard Veo 1 vs Veo 2.
* VEO 1 have the flip lock vs the VEO 2 have the twist lock. This is sort of like a Mac vs PC debate. Personally, I like the twist locks a little more. It's easier to stick it to the side of my camera bag without the annoyance of the flip lock getting snagged every time I pull it out from the bag or put it back in. It is also a bit faster to set up. However, the flip locks do have the benefit of you knowing that the tripod is properly locked. You could physically see that the lock is engaged whereas with the VEO 2, there are 4 locks per legs (12 locks altogether). If you were to set it up fully extended, you may partially lock one of the locks accidentally, which may cause your tripod to fall over.
* VEO 2's center column seems more secured and noticeably less wobbly. With the Vanguard VEO 1, when you fully lock the center column, you could still move it around a little bit with slight force. It doesn't seem to impact the stability when actually using, but I could tell that VEO 2 when it's fully lock, it takes a lot more force to move the center column
* VEO 2's ball head is better build with an extra friction lock
* VEO 2 is slightly lighter in weight
* VEO 1's travel bag is a little nicer and it's padded. VEO 2's travel bag is just a simple bag with drawstrings. However, I do like that with the VEO 2, you can put the tripod in even when the tripod is set up. With the VEO 1's bag, the tripod must be in collapsed position to fit.
* VEO 2 is slightly more expensive, but it's marginal.
* VEO 1 has the spike feet already built in to the tripod. You unscrew the bottom and you'll have the spikes. With the VEO 2, you have to purchase separate spikes. It's not a big deal for me personally as I've never used the spike feet for VEO 1. I also feel that it is a little more stable with the VEO 2 without the built-in spike feet mechanism.
Finally, here's a little of a wish-list for me:
* I wish that I can have the option of purchasing one with 4 leg section instead of 5. It'll be a little longer, but more stable and less lock to fidget with to setup/breakdown
* I wish the center column will not wobble at all. It still have some wobble if you use force, but it's definitely much more improve (and acceptable for me) in comparison to the VEO 1.
* Finally, this is something that I recently discovered. I wish I can remove the twist locks for maintenance. The Vanguard Veo 2's twist lock mechanism cannot be removed and I've verified it with Vanguard. This concerns me just a little as in the past, there were a couple of occasions where I took my tripod to the beach and I either got sand in the thread and/or salt water. I would remove the threads, give it a good clean and then lubricated it. I think the Vanguard's tripod is somewhat sealed from elements (not sure if it's 100% sealed), but in the future, if I happen to get dirt/sand in the thread, I would need to send it in to Vanguard for repair.
I don't shoot in the beach with tripod often, so it's not a terrible concern for me. Also, when I shoot in the beach with a tripod, I would extend the bottom leg out a little just to elevate the tripod and keep the bottom locking mechanism from touching the sand.
*****Revised Review: After spending several months shooting with this tripod, I have to say that I have come to despise the twist locks. I can't tell you how many times I've thought my tripod was locked down only to have it start slowly sliding down with one leg or the other. It's to the point that I will never purchase another tripod with twist locks again. Of course the build quality is good, and it's super lightweight, but that doesn't help when you're trying to get the shot, but still fighting with the tripod to get it locked down! I try to always double-check that each twist lock is secure, and still manage to miss it. Vanguard, please go back to flip locks!
- Ball head. The ballhead has a very bad design. The pano screw is very unconfortable, when you shoot vertical the camera is very close to the screw, so yours fingers cant reach it.
- Clean. This is the MAJOR PROBLEM to me. You cant disassamble the twist leg locks to clean it. This is talking much about the tripod, is not for professionals. I only used it once, on the beach, now it is full of sand inside and two legs are blocked. I can hear the sand moving inside. Contacted to Vanguard and they told me I just cant disassamble the legs, not possible. I have to take it with them to repair it. As I told before, has only 1 use!
Im very disappointed with the brand. This is my first time trying Vanguard (already had manfrotto, mefoto and benro) and this buy was by far the worse.
See my lengthy video review on YouTube (look for the duck) --->>> search for COSMO VANGUARD TRIPOD
Tripod weighs 3 pounds. including head and case. Pan head weighs 11 ounces. Tripod bag weighs 3 ounces. Collapsed the lengths is 15 and 1/2 inches. Only Negative is it is expensive,