Nest Trav­eller NT-6323CK

All the qual­ity you ex­pect from car­bon fi­bre – but at a high price

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Nest is new to the tri­pod game, but you’d never guess that given the qual­ity of its NT-6294AK tri­pod we re­cently tested. Where those legs were alu­minium, these are made from eight-layer car­bon fi­bre, with the up­per­most sec­tions be­ing a hefty 32 mil­lime­tres in di­am­e­ter. That all adds up to ter­rific rigid­ity and an im­pres­sive 20 kilo­grams load limit, while the in­cluded ball head is ca­pa­ble of hold­ing even more weight.

The trou­ble is, the sturdy head and a slightly higher 1.8-me­tre max­i­mum reach adds weight which even car­bon fi­bre can’t off­set, mak­ing the NT-6323CK slightly heav­ier than its alu­minium cousin at 2.5 kilo­grams. You’ll also be hard-pressed to feel any dif­fer­ence in rigid­ity be­tween the two, yet the cost of car­bon makes this 50% more ex­pen­sive than the NT-6294AK, and that tri­pod has a nifty monopod con­ver­sion fea­ture.

These sturdy legs are ca­pa­ble of sup­port­ing an FX-for­mat Nikon and chunky lens, but they’re also pretty weighty

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