Best carbon fibre tripod: 04 Vanguard ABEO Pro 283CGH + GH300T head
Price: £499 (tripod kit only, £160 head)
Buy it: www.vanguardworld.co.uk
Quite heavy for a carbon fibre tripod, this tips the scales at over 2kg – and 3kg with the pistol-grip head attached.
It has three leg sections secured by clip locks, with the top leg being 28mm diameter, and offers a sturdy 8kg load rating and enormous 171.5cm extended height.
The centre column can flip out as a boom, which is handy for macro and low-level photography.
The rubber feet can be removed to reveal retractable spikes for a firm footing in loose ground, plus come with clip-on snow/sand shoes, which spread the weight and allow the tripod to rest on fragile surfaces without sinking.
The tripod is only available as a kit, complete with the GH300T pistol-grip head – which is basically a ball head with a trigger mechanism that enables it to be repositioned easily with one hand.
The panning control has audible clicks every 15 degrees, allowing precise positioning for panoramics.
The trigger also incorporates a cable release, so you can shoot via a button on the trigger, without touching the camera.
This really is a rough-and-tough all-terrain tripod. The sandshoes would certainly come in handy for surf photography, and the centre column that turns into a boom would, like the Giottos Silk Road, be great for getting down low and close-up to nature.
Being able to position the camera – and even fire the trigger – with one hand was neat too. But there’s no getting away from the fact that the Vanguard really doesn’t pack up very small at all, at 76.5cm, and is relatively heavy, at 3kg with the pistol-grip head.
Pros: Feet transform with spikes and snowshoes; pivoting column; one-handed operation
Cons: Relatively heavy and bulky; doesn’t fold down very compactly at 76.5cm
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