Vanguard Veo CP-65 Accessory Kit review

The Vanguard Veo CP-65 Accessory Kit includes a multi-purpose clamp, articulating support arm and phone clamp

Vanguard Veo CP-65 Accessory Kit
(Image: © Rod Lawton)

Digital Camera World Verdict

If you’re shooting with lights, an external mic or a monitor, you need a way to attach them to your tripod or camera rig, and the Veo CP-65 kit is a great way to get started. The design and construction are first rate, and it’s very versatile. The support arms needed to be tightened down quite firmly, as does the smartphone holder ball clamp, but the rigidity and adaptability are really impressive.


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    Excellent clamp with 3 mounting holes

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    Ingenious double-articulating arm

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    Bayonet style attachment option

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    High quality phone clamp


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    Support arm needs strong tightening

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    Phone clamp ball does too

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If you shoot video at a serious level, you’ll likely need to use an external, mic, lights and maybe an external monitor. You might be able to put a shotgun mic on the camera’s hotshoe, but then you might want to position and point it separately. Light of any size don’t work well on a hotshoe and bring the same lack of positioning control, and external monitors are the same.

Ultimately, you can’t fit up to three separate devices on a single hotshoe, quite apart from the control you might want to use over their positioning. So clamps and accessory arms are a near-essential part of a videographer’s kit-bag – and these gadgets are useful for stills photography too.

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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