Novo Ex­plora T10 £250/$320

A tr avel tr ipod with lofty am­bi­tions

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The Novo is only man­u­fac­tured in car­bon, so there’s no cut-price alu­minium edi­tion. Com­pared with the car­bon Nest, most of the leg sec­tions are a mil­lime­tre thin­ner in di­am­e­ter, and the to­tal weight of the kit is 50g lower, at 1.8kg. The folded length is 3cm longer, match­ing the Kenro at 48cm, but the Novo has the tallest max­i­mum height of any tri­pod in the group, at 174cm. The max­i­mum load rat­ing is beefy too, at 15kg for both the legs and ball head.

At­trac­tions in­clude four­sec­tion legs with twist-ac­tion clamps; three lock­able leg an­gles; and a re­mov­able leg that can be used as a mono­pod. It also comes with in­ter­change­able rub­ber feet and metal spikes, and a smart padded case.

The ball head fea­tures an ad­justable fric­tion damper built into the main lock­ing knob, and two pan re­lease locks – one at the base and one in the cam­era plat­form. There’s a bub­ble level on the lat­ter but it’s ob­scured dur­ing shoot­ing by the Ar­caSwiss quick-re­lease plate.

Per­for­mance

Com­pared with the other tripods on test, the ex­tra height is nice to have, es­pe­cially as the Novo re­mains im­pres­sively rigid even at full ex­ten­sion. All of the move­ments are smooth and pre­cise, with a nicely fluid feel, and clamp­ing ac­tions are firm and sta­ble. The ad­di­tion of an ex­tra lock­ing leg an­gle when com­pared to the Nest (which is very sim­i­lar in most other re­spects) is a bonus.

Specs

Con­struc­tion ma­te­rial: Car­bon fi­bre Weight: 1.8kg Al­ter­na­tive ma­te­rial: None Max/folded height: 174cm, 48cm Max load (legs, head): 15kg, 15kg Head mount plat­form dia: 53mm Head at­tach­ment screw: 3/8 inch Ball head: Novo CBH-40 Quick-re­lease plate: Arca-Swiss Head ad­just­ments: Lock, pan, fric­tion

Ver­dict

Fea­tures Build/han­dling Per­for­mance Value for money

Over­all

The ex­tra max­i­mum height is use­ful in this very-well-made car­bon con­tender.

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