The VEO 204AB is the only tripod in the test to feature a centre column that swings to invert. This allows it to be quickly used for either low-angle shooting or collapsed for transportation. Its maximum working height is a reasonable 136cm, with its four-section aluminium alloy legs featuring flip locks with open screws. These accessible screws enable the locks to be nipped up if they loosen over extended use, ensuring the tripod’s serviceable over the longer term. The minimum working height with the centre column in the standard position is 39.5cm, and there are three leg angle positions available which are set using plastic push locks at the shoulder.
The tripod’s supplied ball head provides smooth operation and secure support via a single, strong friction lock. It takes a small camera plate that needs a tool to fit it, but it does feature a bubble level. With angle markings around its base any rotation of the head is easy to judge accurately. The combination of head and legs can support up to 4kg – the joint highest capacity in the test.
With its bright orange detailing and rubber leg grip, the VEO 204AB is one of the more attractive tripods on offer. Folding down to 39.5cm, it weighs 1285g. It’s shipped with its own carrying bag, but Vanguard have also designed a backpack and shoulder bag to hold it that are available to purchase separately. With a refined build, this tripod kit offers a solid and reassuring option for everyday use.
- Street price: £99
- Visit: www.vanguardworld.co.uk
This review was first published in the Spring 2016 issue of Digital Photo - download back issues here.