Vanguard Veo 3T 235CBP review

This smart little carbon fiber tripod coverts into a monopod and comes with a ball head that's also a panning head

Vanguard Veo 3T 235CBP review
(Image: © Angela Nicholson/Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

This smart, high-quality travel tripod packs down very quickly and neatly for easy transport in the bag that comes in the box, yet also provides a stable base for photography in many situations. The leg locks feel great and do their job perfectly; plus you get spikes to swap for the standard rubber feet, and the head can hold a camera or a smartphone.


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    Lovely build quality

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    One leg converts to a monopod

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    Ball head has a pan handle


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    Ball movement not the smoothest

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    Wouldn't recommend using the centre column at full-height

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    Fiddly to get the narrowest folded size

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The 235CBP sits in the middle of Vanguard's Veo 3T range of travel tripods. It features 5-section carbon fiber legs with twist locks and a 2-section carbon fiber centre column. A sprung hook at the bottom of the centre column enables a weight to be hung to give extra stability.

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

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Angela Nicholson

Angela has been testing camera gear from all the major manufacturers since January 2004 and has been Amateur Photographer’s Technical Editor and Head of Testing for Future Publishing’s photography portfolio (Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-PhotoPractical PhotoshopPhotography Week and Professional Photography magazines, as well as the Digital Camera World and TechRadar websites). She is the founder of SheClicks - a community group that encourages and supports female photographers.