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Velbon Ultra VOXi L Aluminum Tripod

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Velbon Ultra VOXi L Aluminum Tripod

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Product Highlights

  • Compact Aluminum Tripod
  • 5-Section Legs Extend Up to 5.05'
  • Very Low Minimum Working Height of 4.84"
  • Simple Quick Twist Leg Locks
  • Very Compact Folded Length of 14.17"
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The Velbon Ultra VOXi L Aluminum Tripod is a compact aluminum support that's ideal for digital SLRs and camcorders--it folds down to 14.17" (36 cm), extends up to 5.05' (1.54 m), and has an incredible minimum working height of 4.84" (12.3 cm). The simple quick-twist system locks and unlocks the legs quickly and easily, and the Trunnion Shaft System (TSS) makes possible the extremely compact dimensions of this tripod. A head is not included.

This compact aluminum tripod has 5-section legs that extend up to 5.05' (1.54 m)
Minimum working height is a very low 4.84" (12.3 cm).
Velbon's patented Trunnion Shaft System (TSS) means that each leg extends the entire inside length of the outer leg casing, making the tripod extremely compact when folded.
The "Twist Lock" leg system uses a simple quick twist and pull to extend each leg in one movement. Another quick twist locks the leg.
General
Load Capacity 7.71 lbs (3.5 kg)
Maximum Height 5.05' (1.54 m)
Minimum Height 4.84" (12.3 cm)
Folded Length 14.17" (36 cm)
Weight 2.42 lbs (1.1 kg)
Leg Stages/Sections 5
Leg Lock Type Twist lock
Independent Leg Spread Not specified by manufacturer
Spiked/Retractable Feet No
Center Brace No
Center Column
Center Column Type Rapid
Center Column Sections One
Bubble Level Not specified by manufacturer
Velbon Ultra VOXi L Aluminum Tripod
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    5.0

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    5.0

    Third Tripod

    By TommyG

    from Southern Jersey

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Folds Small
    • Good Stability
    • Lightweight
    • Unfolds Quickly

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Shots
      • Portraits
      • Travel

      Comments about Velbon Ultra VOXi L Aluminum Tripod:

      I bought this online with no hands on experience or knowledge of this tripod. I watched some videos online of how it operates and bought it due to is compact folded size vs. extended size ratio. Its weight was also the best in class considering the two other objectives I was after. BHphoto.com shipping is always very impressive and I received the tripod the next day. Most people do reviews and leave the negatives till the end. Let me start out with them first. I don't see a hook on the bottom of the main tube to hang counter weights from. The supplied case is to big for the tripod. I would like to have had a case that actually fits the tripod. I bought a compact tripod for a reason and all this excess case just takes up space.Now to the my real thoughts on this tripod. In short I am thoroughly impressed. Let me explain. I have had two other tripods. The first was a cheapo model that I bought because it collapsed to small (12") It was flimsy and took a back seat to my next tripod after I bought the NEX. I purchase my next tripod after searching for hours online to find a compact lightweight quality tripod that wouldn't break the bank. I found a really nice one and still like it and have it, but it just wouldn't extent as tall as I wanted. Enter this tripod. Wow...just wow. Way better quality than what I had before or anything I have handled before in the lightweight tripod market. Trust me I picked up just about every tripod in the BHPhoto store on my physical journey to the store. I have read complaints about the way the legs extend. Complete idiots can't extent these. This system is the ultimate in fast tripod placement. Pure genius. The tripod is about a pound lighter than my second tripod and about 10" more compact. The overall appearance is very smart looking.If you're looking for a top of the line lightweight, super compact, fast operating, high quality tripod look no further. I did plenty of research for days on end comparing every known tripod (stats) that I could find online and this purchase did not disappoint. Yes I see Velbon makes a carbon fiber tripod, but for me the small weight difference wasn't going to be worth the extra cost. Yes they make one slightly more compact by 2" but you give up some capacity so I went for the more sturdy version. BAM all I needed..done deal.

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      (16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Superb compact tripod

      By Light Adrenaline

      from Southeast USA - World Traveler

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      Pros

      • Bag included
      • Compact
      • Light Weight
      • Sturdy
      • Supports up to DSLR
      • Useful height
      • Versatile
      • Well-made

      Cons

      • Legs can get stuck
      • no head
      • Somewhat expensive

      Best Uses

      • Convenience
      • Travel

      Comments about Velbon Ultra VOXi L Aluminum Tripod:

      This is a clever, versatile, convenient, light weight, compact companion. I ordered it to pair up with my new Olympus E-PL2 camera. I wanted something small, light, sturdy and reliable and that's exactly what Velbon delivered here with the Ultra Voxi.It's hard to fault this little tripod, but there are a few minor dislikes. First, the legs have a tendency to get hung up. Well, it's less that they actually get stuck and more that there is sometimes a failure on the users part to get the fifth section out. I was sort of disappointed when I first opened it because it seemed low for the rated 60.6 inch height - which in and of itself is impressive in such a small package, more on that in a minute - then I realized that I had only opened 4 of the leg sections. It's best to unscrew the top lock and extend the first, thickest section. Then twist the lower lock till you get three little 'bumps' or 'clicks' and pull out the remainder of the extensions. You can grab the foot (the bottom section lock) and rotated it four 'clicks' to unlock all of the sections - including the top - and slide it all back in and then twist both locks together to secure it.I actually got a blister trying to make it harder than it is. Doing it as described above makes it a cinch. I list it as a negative because it takes a bit of getting used to.Another potential negative is that at [$] (current B&H list) there is no head included. Not a big deal and does not hurt the pod at all, but a financial decision to consider.Finally, price. Some compact tripods can be found for less money, but from my experience, the bang-for-buck meter is through the roof on the Velbon. I considered several other models that you can find here on B&H. These include, but are not limited to, the Manfrotto 190 and YB, Gitzo Traveler, Benro Travel Angel and even the Tamrac Zipshot. But specs for the money kept coming back to the Velbon. I had a chance to look at the YB locally and it's good, but sort of flimsy compared to the others. The Gizo priced itself right out of the competition and the Zipshot is VERY flimsy, only has one height - and it's short, and it's load capacity is lacking.Other cool features are a locking center column that looks similar to a truck flip lock. In the photo of the item on the site, it's the little lever looking thing hanging down on the BACK side of the unit. You pull down on a little slider and flip the latch up to free the column. Flipping it back down locks it securely.All of these, and several other models, are worth a look, but the Velbon is actually an incredible value overall. Consider the following:It weights about 2.5 pounds, closes down to just a tick over 14", extends to 60", easily holds up to a DSLR with tele lens (depending on head), and has a variety of leg settings and an invertible column for extremely low angle shooting. It's very stable, clean and extremely well-made.At the end of the day, for under $250 I'm not convinced there is a BETTER tripod. With a compact, micro 4/3, 4/3 or smaller DSLR this is the perfect companion. As I mentioned, I'm using this for group and low light shooting with my E-PL2 - especially for travel. If you plan on doing a lot of video with manual focusing, consider a sturdy head. The 41Q I got is great for the purposes I have mentioned, but in manually focusing, the head gives just enough to be noticeable, but again, this really isn't a fault with the legs.At the end of the day, it's an exceptional tripod. I secured by D700, with vertical gip and 70-200 2.8 lens with no concerns - although a slightly heavier duty head might have made me more comfortable for a LOT of use, that's again the head and NOT the lets.It's not going to blow over in the wind, it's a normal human's height (who want's a compact tripod if the max height is like 42 inches?), it's compact when closed, supports an admirable load, is fun and versatile and has almost every feature you'd likely be looking for in a travel/convenience tripod.If you're looking for a tripod that meets these specs, look no further than the Velbon Ultra Voxi L. And with B&H, you know you're getting an excellent price [...].This is my second Velbon and though not as well known as Gitzo or Manfrotto I wouldn't trade them for anything.Be safe and happy shooting!- R

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