Van­guard VEO 265CB £250, $280

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Van­guard’s travel tri­pod is a good blend of com­pact­ness and ro­bust­ness. Its eight-kilo­gram load ca­pac­ity is re­spectable, es­pe­cially given the 39cm closed length and 1.5 kilo­gram weight.

It’s not short on fea­tures, ei­ther. There’s a ca­pa­ble head with de­cent ball ar­tic­u­la­tion, and a ver­sa­tile Arca-Swiss mount­ing plate. What’s more, un­like most travel tripods, where set­ting up in­volves flip­ping the legs down from the head, the VEO only re­quires you to swing the cen­tre col­umn up – or it can be left to hang down for low-level shoot­ing.

Once ex­tended, the five-sec­tion car­bon legs get the job done, but aren’t par­tic­u­larly rigid, and only reach a mod­est 150cm at full stretch. There’s also some slight slack in the cen­tre ball joint, but this is rarely an is­sue in the field.

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