Our family recently got the chance to explore Yellowstone National Park. We spent our days hiking and exploring while being in constant awe of the landscape and animals that crossed our path. Boiling water bubbled up from the earth and the topsoil breathed hot steam at unexpected times. You can imagine that it is most inconvenient to lug heavy gear around when navigating through crowds and treacherous landscapes, so my aim was to travel light. I knew that I wanted to bring a tripod for video and for tricky exposures, but weight is a big deal when hiking. Enter, the VEO 265BC. It folds down to just 15.4 inches, which makes it the perfect size to stuff in my backpack. May I just say that this tripod is FAST to set up and take down? Yes! The leg clips are strong, but super fast when you want to latch and unlatch them, even in very low light. :)
My gear consisted of my Sony a7r, a 16-35mm lens, and my VEO 265BC tripod. This tripod is LIGHT. Seriously, this carbon tripod is very sturdy, but it weighs in at only 3.3lbs. This is strong enough to hold my camera on rough terrain, but light enough to throw over my shoulder and keep moving without even thinking about it. I usually stuff my tripod back into its carry bag after use, but on this trip I literally used it all. the. time. Seriously. I really didn't retract the legs and store it unless I was getting into the car! It is so light, but that doesn't mean it is weak, on the contrary, it beat my expectations! Another bonus is the padded leg that doubles as a handle. It is secure, even with wet hands! I dealt with sweaty palms, but I would imagine it would rock in snow and rain too.
The ballhead is also very secure and super easy to adjust. Ball heads can be HEAVY. Not this one. It is strong and precise, complete with level, but small enough to not weigh me down.
Here are a few shots taken using this tripod. I particularly LOVED it for creating video on the fly. I fell in love with creating cinemagraphs, which are created from short video clips. You must use a tripod to create these!
Here are a few of my favorite shots taken in Yellowstone National Park: