Nest Trav­eller NT-6294CK £190/$300

A cost-ef­fec­tive car­bon opt ion

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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.

Per­for­mance

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.

Specs

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

Ver­dict

Fea­tures Build/han­dling Per­for­mance Value for money

Over­all

For a car­bon fi­bre travel tri­pod on a bud­get, the Nest is un­beat­able.

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