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What Is The Best Travel Tripod?

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What is the best travel tripod?

Well, to be honest, that’s like asking “how long is a piece of string?” There are thousands – probably millions – of travel tripods out there, and each serves a different purpose for every person. Therefore, the best travel tripod for you may not be the best one for the next person.

In this post I will introduce you to the travel tripod I use – the Vanguard Veo 204AB. I have used this incredibly versatile tripod for around 4 years now and it has been great for me.

Is it the best travel tripod? I will leave it up to you to decide.

The Vanguard Veo 204AB Compact Tripod

The Veo 204 AB is an Aluminium Tripod and comes with the TBH-50 ball head. The head has a bubble level and an Arca-Swiss quick release plate.

The weight of the tripod is just 2.8lb (1.3kg). When combined with the weight of the ball head, it comes in at just around 3.44lb (1.56kg). That’s light?!

The selling point of this tripod for me was the reversible centre column. This not only allows it to fold up to just 15.5″ (39.4cm), but also allows you to use your camera inverted and very close to the ground – you can get some awesome macro perspectives like this. This means that you have to learn to use your camera upside-down, but that doesn’t take long.

the veo 204AB travel tripod showing the reversible centre column
The reversible centre column of the Veo 204AB

Without flipping the reversing centre column, you can still get the tripod down as low as 6.9″ (17.5cm). This is possible because of the ability of the legs to lock out at three different angles. If you add-in the use of the included low-angle adapter (shown below), you can get your camera really low to the ground.

the best travel tripod?  the vanguard veo 204ab at it's lowest angle.
The Veo 204AB with legs at their lowest angle. Shown with low-angle adapter attached

Also, with it’s 4kg load capacity, you’re pretty much covered for whatever gear you can throw on it.

For more information about the Vanguard Veo 204AB travel tripod, please watch my YouTube video review below.

Want An Upgrade?

Vanguard have released an newer version of this tripod, called the Veo 2 GO 204AB. This tripod has a load capacity of 6.6lb (3kg), which is less than the older 204AB. However, the weight of these tripods starts at just 2.29lb (1.04kg), and goes to 3.3lb (1.5kg), on the heaviest model.

This model does not have the reversible centre column, rather a telescopic one instead. An amazing feature of this version however is the ability to convert it to a monopod with just a few quick adjustments.

If you would like to check this one out for yourself, click the image below.

Good Luck Choosing Your Travel Tripod

I wish you the best of luck finding the right travel tripod for you. If the Veo 204AB is not a good fit, then there are many more out there to choose from.

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If you find a good travel tripod that you think is amazing, please comment below about it and let me know.

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