Giot­tos Vitru­vian VGRN 9255+5310-630 £165, $215

The im­pres­sively com­pact Vitru­vian is some­thing of a trend set­ter when it comes to travel tripods

NPhoto - - Test Team -

Giot­tos’ Vitru­vian tripods were among the first to fea­ture up­swing legs for com­pact stowage. The range in­cludes a va­ri­ety of mod­els, but this one is one of the most com­pet­i­tively priced and folds down to just 34cm in height (in our test, it’s beaten only by the Vel­bon UT-43D II). It’s very light too, at 1.12kg com­plete with ball head. As such, it’s easy to fit in­side a photo back­pack, though it does come with its own padded bag, as fea­tured with most com­pet­ing tripods.

Smart de­sign flour­ishes in­clude spring-loaded clips for the multi-an­gle legs, which make it easy to al­ter the an­gles or fold the legs up for stor­age. The legs are of a five-sec­tion de­sign. The close prox­im­ity of the twist grips for clamp­ing, at least when the legs are in their short­est con­fig­u­ra­tion, makes it easy to loosen all clamps si­mul­ta­ne­ously with one hand.

Per­for­mance

The only real down­side is that the bot­tom leg sec­tions are thin (10mm in di­am­e­ter). For lowlevel shoot­ing, a short cen­tre col­umn is sup­plied along with the stan­dard length col­umn. Over­all, the Giot­tos doesn’t feel par­tic­u­larly rigid or ro­bust, as re­flected by its 3kg max­i­mum load ca­pac­ity, but there are plenty of re­fine­ments, in­clud­ing a pan-only lock on the ball head.

Like in the MeFOTO tripod, five-sec­tion legs help re­duce the car­ry­ing size

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