Vanguard Veo 2 265CB travel tripod

What Vanguard Says:

VEO 2 265CB is an easily portable and super lightweight, 26mm, 5 sections Carbon Fiber travel tripod kit with a multi action ball head and a maximum work load of 8 kg / 17.6 lbs. It weighs only 1.35 kg / 2.98lbs and can be extended up to 150 cms / 59 inches.

  • Intuitive and simple to set the tripod into desired position: Exclusive and innovative Central Column system that allows to set the central column and tripod legs in less than 15 seconds.

  • 1st rate material (Magnesium, Aircraft Aluminum alloy) for lightweight, robust and long-lasting working or playing sessions.

  • Multi-action Ball Head with 3 independent knobs for lock, pan, and friction control operation. Ergonomic knobs provide 8 kg / 17.6 lbs work load performance for quality images. Arca compatible QR place

  • Advanced Twist lock system for fast and rock solid position setting. Extend the 4 sections in a matter of seconds.

  • Highly Engineered leg tubes for smooth and precise leg extensions.

  • Dedicated suspension loop on canopy to accommodate counterbalance weights or bags for additional stability.

  • 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.

  • Non-slip, all-weather TPU grips on 1 leg for the perfect hand grip.

  • Angled rubber feet to carry and position firmly on the ground (spiked feet available; sold separately). 

  • Bonus tripod bag with extension system to accommodate any size of standard heads.

VEO 2 265CB features the exclusive & unique central column rotation system that allows you to set the tripod in a snap of the fingers as well as the new advanced twist ¼ turn lock-unlock system for fast deployment and a solid setting. The VEO 2 BH-50 ball head operates perfectly with 3 independent dedicated knobs for lock, panning and friction control.

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 a matter of seconds, use the Advanced Engineering legs and twist locks systems with confidence while enjoying versatile creative positions. The VEO 2 265CB 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-50 Multi-action Ball Head is sturdy and operates perfectly with 3 independent dedicated knobs for lock, panning and friction control. The Arca type compatible plate with ¼” D-ring offers quick camera attachment and release. The 5 section Carbon Fiber 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 the ground. VEO 2 SF spiked feet (sold separately) will ensure perfect grip for outdoor environments. The dedicated suspension loop on 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 a shoulder strap when you are ready to go on your next photo adventure.

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This is the next level up from the previously review Vanguard Veo 2 235AB I took out a few years ago.

The Vanguard Veo 2 265CB is the most expensive in the line up for the Veo 2 range, coming in at £250. It’s a 5 section carbon fibre design and is also one of the tallest yet sits in the middle weight wise for the collection, coming in at 1.3kg and extended up to 150cm making the tripod a must for travelling and keeping lightweight and better yet this lightweight, compact travel tripod can take weights up to 8kg which is more than enough for most and can happily take the weight of a full frame camera with a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens which most will typically have in their line up of lenses.

The Veo series has always been a go-to for me. Five years ago I first picked up the original Veo and found the lightweight, size a huge benefit when it came to trips and just general carrying around. That hasn’t changed today and I will often go to the Veo 2 over my Alta Pro2+ because of weight and size. The Veo 2 is half the weight in comparison to the Alta Pro2+ which comes in just over 2kg, so shaving a kilogram off my pack weight for camping and mountains is a big difference.

You might had already guessed but the Veo 2 is also much smaller than the Alta Pro2+, this has it’s benefits and weaknesses. At 6ft 2, I find the Alta Pro2+ height and stability at full extension really helpful, so much so I can actually get the tripod at full extension to stand higher than me. This is not the same with the Veo 2. At full extension it is stabile and in good weather is useable and get sharp shots in wind or some poor conditions but it lacks that extra height and weight which makes the Alta Pro2+ reign top tripod in the collection. However, how often I use the tripod at full extension is slim so, for me personally it’s an easy trade off feature versus the weight difference.

I am lower to the ground more instances than not to get more a foreground and lead in to a landscape so you’d think the low angle adapter would come handy here. In fact, I never use it!

Vanguard Veo 2 265CB
Vanguard Veo 2 265CB

The majority of the time I found leaving the Veo 2 at the lowest was ample to get the shot needed and if I ever needed lower, using the travel fold up system to have the camera upside down and using the vari-angle screen to see what I was shooting enabled me to get closer to the ground without having to remove the tripod plate or L-bracket in order to screw in the low angle adapter.

Being weight conscious 85% of the time with my outdoor work, the Veo 2 is easy to see why it’s the go to for the outdoors but it’s not just the mountains or even coasts where the slim, lightweight travel tripod had it’s great uses. Often in large tourists spots tripods can be big and cumbersome and get in the way. With the small footprint of the Veo 2 this was less of an issue. In the likes of Kew Gardens, Central London and Bath for example the small Veo 2 was the perfect size to keep tucked out of the way but still quietly achieve the photos I desired.

As you see from the behind the scene shots here, all of them have my Olympus EM-5 mkII which is by no means heavy, the very reason why I bought the camera. Weighing only 900 grams with a lens attached, this mirrorless set up with the Veo 2 is the ultimate lightweight combination, but by no means is the Veo 2 no able to take heavier weights. As my previous review of the smaller aluminium Veo 2 235AB demonstrates with the Nikon D500 and a Nikkor 70-300mm telephoto or even the D500 with a Sigma Contemporary 150-600mm telephoto lenses.

The Veo 2 size and portably means it’s better suited to restricted or travelling and when strapped to my rucksack it doesn’t sit to high or jut out like with larger tripods. Of course you can carry the large tripods around London for example but often it gets knocked or you end up hitting someone by accident. I’ve not had this issue with the Veo series ever in the 5 years of owning and using the series.

Vanguard Veo 2 265CB
Vanguard Veo 2 265CB

The Veo 2 is small and mighty and so far I have yet to have any issues in the conditions I have been out in, whether this be rain, snow, gale force winds or used at the beach, mountains or in the cities. It’s just got on with the job at hand as it should much like it’s larger partner the Alta Pro2+ but often in the worst of conditions I have often opted to go with the sturdier and heavier option of the Alta Pro2+. Especially over the winter period with snow and heavy rain. I don’t doubt the Veo 2 couldn’t handle it but on the counter of trying to save weight that extra kilogram of weight helps when you have 100km/h winds on a mountain summit and driving snow in your face.

Vanguard Veo 2 265CB

What more to say about the mighty Veo 2 travel tripod which I haven’t already covered in the two reviews?
Of course, which tripod suits you does vary and the changing conditions in the outdoors means no one tripod is the best only solution but the Veo 2 partnered with the Alta Pro2+ will cover all bases, weather, conditions, locations and restrictions.

As we near The Photography Show UK, Vanguard Photo are due to release a new Veo Go tripod which is even smaller and lighter than the current Veo 2 tripods. Is this going to be a benefit or cause more issues? It won’t be long now until we find out.

 Cadair Idris Winter Trip 2019
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 Cadair Idris Winter Trip 2019
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 Cadair Idris Winter Trip 2019

Transparency Notice: Please note that I am a Vanguard Photo UK brand ambassador and receive the products for free to review from Vanguard Photo UK and are returned after completing the review. The review is no guarantee of endorsement. I receive no monetary gain from Vanguard Photo from the reviews or discount codes. Any Vanguard kit I own has been bought by myself.