Vanguard VEO 3+ 303CBS review

The full-sized VEO 3+ 303CBS is billed as Vanguard's most stable & versatile tripod kit to date. We put it through its paces

5 Star Rating
Vanguard VEO 3+ 303CBS
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

This is a tall yet super-sturdy carbon fiber tripod kit with a clever head. As well as having a mighty 25kg load rating, it’s supremely versatile, ticking more boxes than you probably even dreamt of putting on your wish list. The pivoting center column has a full 180-degree arc of rotation, enhancing effectiveness for macro, ultra-wide-angle and extra-low-level shooting. And although it has more control knobs than most tripods have had hot dinners, it’s easy and intuitive to use. Taking all of this into account, it’s also good value at the price.

Pros

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    Excellent rigidity at all heights

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    180-degree pivoting center column

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    High-performance ball head

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    Versatile with included accessories

Cons

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    No detachable leg for monopod use

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    Quite long when folded

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    Fairly hefty at 2.6kg

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The Vanguard VEO 3+ 303CBS is a full-sized carbon fiber tripod kit that comes complete with a heavy-duty ball head and a neat range of included accessories. Vanguard might not be the name that first springs to mind when you think of tripods but the company has actually been making them for nearly 40 years, earning itself a solid reputation along the way. And speaking of solid, the 3+ series is claimed to be Vanguard’s most stable tripod to date, with three-section legs, the outer section being 30mm in diameter.

(Image credit: Matthew Richards)

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 


His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 


In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.