Nest Traveller NT-6294CK £190/$300
A cost-effective carbon opt ion
This carbon tripod is no lightweight when it comes to maximum load capacity. The legs have the highest rating in the group, at 20kg, and the ball head isn’t far behind at 15kg. It’s chunky, strong and remarkably inexpensive for such a wellmade carbon kit. While the girth of the carbon leg sections is among the widest of any tripod in the group, the Nest nevertheless undercuts the Benro and Kenro for weight by 100g, the complete kit tipping the scales at 1.85kg. The maximum operating height is about the same, and the folded carrying length is just 45cm.
One leg is removable for use as a monopod. There are also two spirit levels on the ball head, and the kit comes with a padded soft case, which is a pleasant surprise considering the price. Two alternative leg angles can be locked in via a simple sliding lever, and the ball head features adjustable friction damping and a pan lock/release knob. The rubber feet are heavy-duty, but don’t have retractable spikes.
Setting up and folding the tripod are quick and easy procedures, with all the moving parts and clamps operating smoothly and precisely. The only slightly fiddly feature is that the Arca-Swiss type quick-release plate is secured via a lever, which has an adjustable tensioning screw; the regular locking screws of most competing tripod heads are a bit more straightforward.
Construction material: Carbon fibre Weight: 1.85kg Alternative material: Aluminium, 2.17kg, £140/$200 Max/folded height: 166cm, 45cm Max load (legs, head): 20kg, 15kg Head mount platform dia: 50mm Head attachment screw: 3/8 inch Ball head: Nest NT-636H Quick-release plate: Arca-Swiss Head adjustments: Lock, pan, friction
Features Build/handling Performance Value for money
For a carbon fibre travel tripod on a budget, the Nest is unbeatable.