Built to consistently support your spotting scope and video camera with solid stability, the Abeo 283CV Carbon Fiber tripod kit features lightweight, carbon-fiber legs with thick foam grips. You can adjust the legs to 25, 50, and 80-degree angles at the push of a button and use the quick-release leg locks for fast set up and take down. Packaged with the magnesium alloy PH114V two-way pan head, the ultra-smooth operation, 360-degree rotation, and frontal tilt movement allow you to follow the action with ease.
|Carbon Fiber Legs
||Are lightweight and provide vibration resistance and sturdy support.
|Quick Release Plate
||Allows quick attachment of equipment to a tripod head.
|Lever Leg Locks
||Flip up and down for height adjustments.
||Multiple Leg Angles
||Allow stable positioning on uneven ground.
Review of Vanguard Abeo 283CV Carbon Tripod
Harry L. from Raleigh, NC
I ordered the tripod about 2 weeks ago, and I am very happy with it so far. The tripod is quite light-weight, and I walked with the scope on a Christmas bird count for 4 hours, with no problem. The tripod can be raised to probably over 6.5' if not 7' tall. The quick release plate has not given me any problems, though I have once had a slight wobble, such that I had to take the scope off of the quick release plate, and take a quarter to tighten the screw that locks the top of the release plate into the bottom of the scope. The tripod legs have two sets of flip-locks each. I prefer tripod legs to be tightened and loosened with rings that screw clockwise or counterclockwise; that type of leg-locking doesn't normally go bad with several years of usage. I have had flip-lock tripod legs on other makes of tripods go bad with several years of usage. Thus, I feel that I must be careful not to overuse extending and shortening the tripod legs on this new tripod. The tripod head has two screws/levers, one for up-and-down and the other for side-to-side. The side-to-side is fairly fluid but is not easy to quickly move left or right, such as when I might need to follow a duck flying over the inshore ocean surf line. However, all-in-all, I like the tripod, but I do want to be careful not to overdo locking and unlocking the legs, and do such actions gently. Yes, flip locks allow one to more quickly extend the legs, but screw rings are better for the long haul, and I wish the model had these for the leg locking.