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Nest Traveller NT -6294AK
What’s good: Amazingly rigid for a travel tripod with a 15kg maximum load rating.
What’s bad: Practically twice the carrying weight of some tripods in the group and relatively bulky.
Our verdict: It’s the best in the group, but not ideal if you want to travel light.
Benro Travel Angel 2 A1682TB0
What’s good: Excellent range of features, built-in monopod doubles as a walking pole.
What’s bad: Doesn’t fold down as small as many of the tripods in the group.
Our verdict: A very good tripod that’s well worth the asking price, but carrying size is a little large.
Manfrotto BeFree MKBFRA 4-BH
What’s good: A sensible trade-off between carrying weight and sturdy rigidity.
What’s bad: Maximum load rating and operating height are below average.
Our verdict: A good travel option, and its build quality makes it great value.