Vanguard Veo 3T 235CBP review


The 235CBP sits in the middle of Vanguard’s line of Veo 3T travel tripods (opens in a new tab). It features 5-section carbon fiber legs with twist locks and a 2-section carbon fiber center column. A spring-loaded hook at the bottom of the center column allows a weight to be hung for added stability.

Vanguard supplies the tripod with a ball head, the Veo BP-50T, which is made of aluminum alloy and has a socket to attach a telescopic handle for easier control. Additionally, the Arca-Swiss compatible quick release plate doubles as a smartphone holder (with cold shoe) that can accommodate a phone up to 85mm wide.

With the center column fully extended, the Vanguard Veo 3T 235CBP has a maximum height of 1.55m, and with the center column lowered but the legs still fully extended, the height is 1.155m. The center column can be reversed for low level shooting, or it can be replaced with the low angle adapter.

The tripod folds down to 41cm long, ready to slip into the included drawstring carry bag.

Vanguard provides some cool extras with the tripod, including a Bluetooth remote for triggering IOS and Android devices and spiked feet that can be fitted in place of the stand’s rubber feet. Also good to see are two 3/8 inch threaded holes in the tripod canopy for mounting accessories via Vanguard’s tripod support arms.


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Material: Carbon fiber and aluminum alloy

Folded length: 410mm

Maximum height: 1.55m

Leg sections: 5

Lester: 1.6Kg

Maximum charge: 8Kg

Construction and handling

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When you take the Vanguard Veo 3T 235CBP out of its packaging, it’s clear that it’s a well-made tripod. It also looks very smart and all locks and threads are working fine.

The Vanguard Veo 3T 235CBP’s legs fold over the center column and point towards transport, and it forms a slim package. However, the head should be tilted in the right place and the pan handle removed for the most compact result.

Each of the legs folds in smoothly with a good degree of resistance. Pressing the wide button at the top of each leg releases the angle lock to allow it to be adjusted to one of three positions.

(Image credit: Angela Nicholson/Digital Camera World)

(Image credit: Angela Nicholson/Digital Camera World)

There is a rubberized coating on each of the leg and center column locks giving a great buy so they can be loosened and tightened quickly. Conveniently, when the legs are folded, the leg locks are close enough to be covered by one hand and loosened together.

The top of one of the tripod legs has a rubber coating that provides excellent grip. It also denotes the leg which can be removed by untwisting to create a monopod in combination with the central column. The plug that holds the hook to the base of the center column must be unscrewed before the center column can be removed and screwed onto the stand to create a 1.58m monopod with a ball joint.


Vanguard Veo 3T 235CBP review

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It’s important to remember that the Vanguard Veo 3T 235CBP is a travel tripod rather than a full-size studio tripod. For its size and weight it is incredibly sturdy, with the hook in the center column making it even more stable when a weight is attached.

However, even with a weight attached, there is quite a bit of wobble around the center column when extended to its full height. I would recommend keeping the column as low as possible unless you are shooting with a small, lightweight camera or smartphone in windless conditions.

There is a single control over the movement of the tripod head ball joint and another to lock or release the panning movement. Both have a wing shape, which makes them easy to use and lock. Ball motion, however, is a bit sticky rather than super smooth. Still, it’s easy to move a camera into position to get the composition you want.

Vanguard Veo 3T 235CBP: Verdict

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The Vanguard Veo 3T 235CBP is a very nice travel tripod with a wide range of features that make it suitable for many situations. Vanguard has neatly integrated a smartphone holder into the quick release plate. The fact that the clamp is Arca-Swiss compatible means it can accommodate a camera with an L-plate (opens in a new tab) mounted directly.

It is best to use the center column with caution, especially on windy days, but the maximum height of 1.155m without it is suitable for many situations. Importantly, it doesn’t take a lot of smarts to figure out how to flip the center column or change it to the low-level adapter, and the procedure isn’t long either, so you can shoot at whatever height you want very rapidly.

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