Novo Helix T50 Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit review

This feature-packed travel tripod packs down unfeasibly small, yet extends reasonably tall

Novo Helix T50 Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit
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Digital Camera World Verdict

If a compact set of legs that will fit inside a camera bag is of prime importance, the Helix T50 could be the tripod for you. The flip side is that there are a lot of locks to fiddle with to achieve maximum height, and even with the centre column extended, it’s not that tall. It’s matched with a well-engineered and smooth-operating ball head, and a five-year warranty should provide peace of mind.


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    Packs up small yet has a strong, sturdy build

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    Removable and reversible centre column

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    Thoughtful extras include leg spikes and a hanging hook


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    Lots of locks to fiddle with to get any decent height

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    Max height only 140cm, even with center column extended

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    Each of the 14 twist locks is a potential weak point

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Good things come in small packages, and the Novo Helix T50 is a prime example. Packing down to just 35.5cm, with the legs wrapped neatly around the head, it extends to a decent, if unremarkable, operating height of 140cm and weighs in at a relatively lightweight 1.84kg, with the BHP-32 ball head attached. The tripod is also available as a legs-only option, but the kit is good value, saving around $50/£50 over buying the legs and head separately. 

This impressive height differential is achieved with no less than five extendable leg sections plus an additional two-section center column. Despite the number of twist locks and lightweight build, the tripod feels rigid when fully extended, thanks to the chunky legs’ ‘Superweave’ construction, made up from 10 layers of carbon fibre. The leg locks and spider are made of aviation-grade aluminum and have a smart black anodized finish. Novo says the legs can support a 20kg payload, or up to 8kg with the included head, which is plenty for a big full-frame Nikon and super-telephoto lens. 

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Adam Waring

Adam has been the editor of N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine for almost 12 years, and as such is one of Digital Camera World's leading experts when it comes to all things Nikon-related. 

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