New arrival – Velbon Ultra Maxi F tripod

Posted by @ 5:18 pm on Monday 15th October, 2007.

I couldn't resist getting my grubby paws on one of these lightweight tripods after reading a lot of favourable reviews about them. I reckon that it's about the right size and weight to take in the pack when I'm walking and/or wildcamping.

 Here are a few pics, with explanatory notes:

 

Folded length 36cm, weight 958g without the bag.

 

Fully-extended legs and column. With the Nikon D50 attached (horizontally and landscape), the height of the lens centre-line is 154cm and the height of the view-finder is 157cm. Dropping the column to the minimum setting reduces heights by 23cm.

 

Legs not extended but at maximum angle, lower section of column removed. With the Nikon D50 attached (horizontally and landscape), the height of the lens centre-line is 22cm and the height of the view-finder is 25cm.

 

I like the pan-head swing-function - from a landscape orientation, the camera can be tipped 90 degrees either way very easily. The quick-release plate is light enough and small enough to leave on the camera all the time. The centre-column can be inverted for taking pics with the camera beneath the head assembly, useful for taking pics with the camera pointing straight downwards. The Trunnion Shaft System (TSS) is easy to use and seems fairly robust so there's no fiddly leg-locks to worry about - just twist to lock/unlock. There's no centre-brace, so it's not the most stable tripod in the world, but it handles the D50 with 70-300mm zoom well enough, and that's good enough for me.

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