The Vanguard VEO line offers a solid mix of stability and portability for a reasonable price. The Carbon Fiber 265 CB can be picked up with a ball head for less than $300, which is an excellent price for carbon fiber. The entire tripod weighs just over three pounds yet can support about 17. A rotating center column offers even more versatility in shooting positions and is more convenient than a reversible column, enabling a minimum shooting height of 7.25 inches. The feet have retractable spikes, so you always have both rubber and spike options on hand. The design is both solid and easy to use.
The maximum height of 53.1 inches will work well for most, but taller photographers won't be able to shoot from eye level and there are a handful of options that can reach quite a bit higher. While the VEO 265 is stable used with a small or mid-sized DSLR, users of the heaviest cameras have reported significant camera shake. The Vanguard VEO 256 is an excellent carbon fiber tripod with a reasonable price and a good set of features, but it isn't the best option for the heaviest equipment or tallest shooters.