Vuepoint Max Review

Comparison & Conclusion

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The Vuepoint Max is by far the lightest full height tripod I have tested and it achieves this while providing an impressive level of stability for its height and weight.  A variety of little features that we normally find on a tripod are absent, but this doesn’t prevent the Vuepoint from accomplishing the core function of competently supporting a camera.  The big downside of the Vuepoint is the plastic construction which, while lightweight, reduces the durability when compared to a similar metal construction.  Ultimately the verdict on the Vuepoint comes down to a single question, “Does the reduction in weight justify the compromises in features and construction?”  For many the answer will be an emphatic ‘Yes!’ and the Vuepoint Max will allow you to carry a tripod when and where you never have before.

Pros

  • Extremely light weight
  • Quite affordable
  • Easy setup and takedown

Cons

  • Plastic parts
  • Minimal operational versatility

Compared To:

For a more complete list, see the travel tripods ranking page.

 Vuepoint MaxVuepoint MidPD Travel Tripod CarbonLeofoto LS-224CSirui T-025X
Stiffness Nm/rad199.070.0518.0390.0205.0
Damping Js/rad0.330.190.170.230.14
Height in (cm)50.5 (128.3)40.0 (101.6)50.5 (128.3)43.6 (110.7)37.2 (94.5)
Weight lbs (kg)0.899 (0.408)0.476 (0.216)2.388 (1.083)1.596 (0.724)1.486 (0.674)
Folded Length in (cm)19.3 (49.0)18.6 (47.2)14.2 (36.1)16.0 (40.6)11.9 (30.2)
Folded Volume (L)1.30.81.21.21.5
Price$200$200$600$182$200

Vuepoint Mid – The Max version of the Vuepoint is significantly taller with about three times the stability of the ‘Mid’ height version.  If you make frequent use of your tripod while shooting I think the extra size and weight of the ‘Max version is worthwhile.  If you just need the tripod for occasional shots and/or just want the lightest possible kit, get the ‘Mid’ version.

PD Travel Tripod (Carbon) – The PD travel tripod aims to minimize folded size first, and weight second.  If you aren’t here for weight reduction, the PD is the better buy, albiet at a much higher cost.  If hauling around a tripod that is several pounds is a dealbreaker for you, stick with the Vuepoint.

Leofoto LS-224C – The Leofoto LS-224C provides the most direct competition to the Vuepoint tripods.  While it is more stable, it is still both significantly shorter and much heavier.  The Leofoto is made with metal parts though, and so should provide better durability.

Sirui T-025X – The smallest Sirui tripod provides a similar level of stability to the Vuepoint with less height and much more weight.  This is a great example to show just how much weight the Vuepoint Max has shed compared to its most direct rivals.

Who is it for?

Weight reduction is the singular reason to get the Vuepoint.  If you carefully weigh every item that goes into your pack or have left your tripod at home because it is too heavy, this is the tripod for you.  There is nothing else on the market that even comes close to offering that combination of weight and height of the Vuepoint, and it does so while offering an acceptable level of stability.  On the flip side, if weight reduction is not your overriding concern you will be better off with a different option.

Where to Buy:

VuePoint Ultralight Tripods