Vanguard Veo 3+ 263AB review

The Vanguard Veo 3+ 263AB is one of four new Veo 3+ tripods that combine slick design with a clever multi-angle column

5 Star Rating
Vanguard Veo 3+ 263AB
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Vanguard Veo 3+ 263AB doesn’t feel that heavy for an aluminium tripod, and if you want to shave off a little weight, there is a carbon fibre (CB) version that’s only a little more expensive. The design and build are first class, the angled column works brilliantly and all the controls and adjustments have a smoothness and precision that you would expect to cost a lot more than this.


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    Build quality and design

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    Good maximum height

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    Quick action leg locks

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    Angled center column


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    Quite long when folded

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    A longer column might be useful

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Tripods come in all shapes and sizes and the Vanguard Veo 3+ 263AB is very much middle of the road. It’s larger than than a travel tripod, but a good deal lighter to carry around than a big, old-fashioned studio tripod.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at