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Velbon UT 45L 6-Section Aluminum Tripod with PHD-42Q 4-Way Head

B&H # VEUT45L Mfr # UT 45L
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Product Highlights
  • Travel Model: Folds Down to Just 11.6"
  • Legs Fold Up 180°
  • Maximum Height of 61.6"
  • Head Has Independent Pan & Tilt Controls
  • Quick Release Plate Included
  • Weighs 2.73 lb
  • 6.6 lb Load Capacity

The UT 45L 6-Section Aluminum Tripod with PHD-42Q 4-Way Head is a sturdy tripod that folds out to a working height of 61.6" from the tiniest of packages. At less than a foot long (11.6") when its twist-lock legs are retracted and folded up 180° (so the feet meet the included 4-way head), the UT 45L is perfect for stowing in a backpack or even a tote bag, for the ultimate in low-profile yet high-performance camera support. Lightweight for traveling, the tripod weighs just 2.73 lb and supports up to 6.6 lb.

The tripod's maximum height is 5.3 times its folded length. The secret to the UT 45L's tight package is its section count: the aluminum-alloy legs have six each, and the center column has two.

The PHD-42Q head features four dimensions of adjustment: 360° panning, back-to-front tilt, and tilt to either side. There are independent controls for pan and tilt.

The included quick-release plate is the Velbon QB-62. A carry case is also included.

General
Load Capacity 6.6 lb (3 kg)
Maximum Height 61.6" (156.5 cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended Not specified by manufacturer
Minimum Height 11.4" (29.0 cm)
Folded Length 11.6" (29.5 cm)
Weight 2.73 lb (1.23 kg)
Head
Head Type 4-way panhead
Quick Release Yes, with 1/4"-20 screw
Legs
Material Aluminum alloy
Diameter Max. leg diameter: 0.94" (24mm)
Head Attachment Fitting 1/4"-20 screw
Leg Stages/Sections 5/6
Leg Lock Type Twist lock
Independent Leg Spread Yes
Spiked/Retractable Feet Not specified by manufacturer
Center Brace No
Center Column
Center Column Type Rapid
Center Column Sections 2
Bubble Level Not specified by manufacturer
Velbon UT 45L 6-Section Aluminum Tripod with PHD-42Q 4-Way Head
  • PHD-42Q 4-Way Head
  • Carry Case
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
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    VelbonUT 45L 6-Section Aluminum Tripod with PHD-42Q 4-Way Head
     
    4.3

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    82%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Folds away (8)
    • Stable (7)
    • Lightweight (6)
    • Unfolds quickly (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel (9)
      • Landscape/scenery (7)
      • Night shots (5)
      • Video (5)
      • Portraits (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (6), Pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (11)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      UT 45L 6-Section Aluminum Tripod

      I purchased this tripod to take to the London Olympics as photographic equipment was restricted to a maximum of twelve inches in length. It is a clever device and very compact. With a little...Read complete review

      I purchased this tripod to take to the London Olympics as photographic equipment was restricted to a maximum of twelve inches in length. It is a clever device and very compact. With a little practice I was able to remove it from it's carry-bag and fully extend it and mount the camera in less than thirty seconds. The tricky part is learning to unlock the leg sections. It is not difficult, it just takes a little practice to unlock all the sections of the leg when you twist the foot. It is stable enough for a D300 and 70-200 2.8 if you let it settle a little.
      I am pleased with it and recommend it to anyone that wants a compact tripod for travel or to carry in a daypack.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      it is small, but

      I bought this tripod just for travelling and it is light and it is small. It is also not all that easy to open and adjust. OK for when you really have to have...Read complete review

      I bought this tripod just for travelling and it is light and it is small. It is also not all that easy to open and adjust. OK for when you really have to have a tripod on a trip.

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      5.0

      a LOT of tripod in a small package

      By JP the JW

      from Suwanee, GA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Velbon UT 45L 6-Section Aluminum Tripod with PHD-42Q 4-Way Head:

          This is small and light enough to fit in my messenger bag... extends to a full height in 30 seconds... brings the camera (Canon 60D) to 4" below eye level, which is very comfortable for me (I'm 6'1"). I dumped the head and installed a spare Joby X head, which fits nicely. (except the Velbon's has a 1/4" stud... that's annoying... easily fixed with an insert, but still annoying). I'm taking this on a 10 day trip to Europe, we'll see how it travels. (last thing, I chose this model because it seems very similar to other Velbons, but thirty bucks cheaper... not sure why)

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          4.0

          Almost

          By Uncle Earl

          from Saratoga, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Stability
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

          • Somewhat heavy

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Portraits
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Velbon UT 45L 6-Section Aluminum Tripod with PHD-42Q 4-Way Head:

          Like my other lightweight Velbon tripod, this one provides a solid stable support for my full frame D800E with 500mm attached - about 5 pounds total load. For travel, this is overkill, as I don't like to haul around 20 pounds of camera, lenses and accessories when I travel. I'd be happy with something flimsier if it were about half the weight. Something that would help me steady the camera, but not freeze it, enabling a more compact design as well. But this is as close as I could find and delivers as promised in size and weight, so no surprise. It takes up about as much space in my backpack as a body with a 300mm tele lens attached. It sets up and folds down very easily and quickly, once you get the hang of it. Construction quality is, in my view, very good with nice finish and tight fits. The head is nicely suitable for making panorama's or shooting video, but, of course adds bulk and weight. I switch to a ball head for travel.I'll continue my quest for a single purpose travel tripod well under 2 pounds in weight and folds down under 8 inches that I can use for portable support instead of looking for a handy fencepost or piece of furniture.

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          5.0

          compact and versatile

          By Joseph

          from San Francisco, CA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Folds Small
          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Portraits
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about Velbon UT 45L 6-Section Aluminum Tripod with PHD-42Q 4-Way Head:

            This is a brilliant tripod. I use this for shooting video with my Panasonic GH3 and it helps to round out my compact, pro setup. It's tiny but extends to full height. It's light, but super sturdy. The carrying case is perfect.

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            5.0

            A+++

            By André Matias

            from São Paulo, Brazil

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Folds Small
            • Good Stability
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Video

            Comments about Velbon UT 45L 6-Section Aluminum Tripod with PHD-42Q 4-Way Head:

            Very good product, you should use if you have a heavy camera!

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            5.0

            Exactly what I need for travel

            By SavageCH

            from Minnesota

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Pros

            • Folds Small
            • Good Stability

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Portraits
              • Travel
              • Video

              Comments about Velbon UT 45L 6-Section Aluminum Tripod with PHD-42Q 4-Way Head:

              I was looking for a heavy-duty, yet compact tripod that would be easy to fly with. I was tired to have to carry on my tripod, or having to check a hard case solely for a tripod. This guy is perfect for all of those purposes. It's so compact that I can pack it in my laptop carry on case. In addition, it is super study, made of metal parts, and even thought the head might not be the most fluid in the world - it works perfect for what I need - straight forward video production and still photography.

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              4.0

              UT 45L 6-Section Aluminum Tripod

              By Growbur

              from San francisco

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Folds Small
              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight
              • Tall at full extention
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots
                • Travel
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Velbon UT 45L 6-Section Aluminum Tripod with PHD-42Q 4-Way Head:

                I purchased this tripod to take to the London Olympics as photographic equipment was restricted to a maximum of twelve inches in length. It is a clever device and very compact. With a little practice I was able to remove it from it's carry-bag and fully extend it and mount the camera in less than thirty seconds. The tricky part is learning to unlock the leg sections. It is not difficult, it just takes a little practice to unlock all the sections of the leg when you twist the foot. It is stable enough for a D300 and 70-200 2.8 if you let it settle a little.
                I am pleased with it and recommend it to anyone that wants a compact tripod for travel or to carry in a daypack.

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                3.0

                it is small, but

                By pat

                from philadelphia

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Folds Small
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Unstable

                Best Uses

                • Travel

                Comments about Velbon UT 45L 6-Section Aluminum Tripod with PHD-42Q 4-Way Head:

                I bought this tripod just for travelling and it is light and it is small. It is also not all that easy to open and adjust. OK for when you really have to have a tripod on a trip.

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                5.0

                Perfec travel tripod - very strong

                By SavageCraig

                from Savage, MN

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Folds Small
                • Good Stability

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Portraits
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Velbon UT 45L 6-Section Aluminum Tripod with PHD-42Q 4-Way Head:

                  I travel a great deal with my Canon 60D with my walkaround 18-200mm lens. I often shoot video with my 60D and need a tripod for stability, but flying with a regular tripod was a pain. I tried using a smaller comsumer-style tripod, but it was not strong enough to hold the weight of my lens. This tripod is plenty strong enough to hold my heavy camera and large 18-200 lens, yets folds into a very, very compact items for traveling. It was EXACTLY what I was looking for, and I'm very happy with my purchase.

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                  4.0

                  Good trpod

                  By garyk

                  from Boston, MA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Folds Small
                  • Good Stability
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Velbon UT 45L 6-Section Aluminum Tripod with PHD-42Q 4-Way Head:

                    I've been able to use it for a short period of time. I put my Canon T2i and Tamron 28-75/2.8 on it.

                    This is a travel tripod. It folds very small, and extends high enough for me to look directly into the viewfinder (I'm 5'9"). I did not expect it to be rock solid and its not. But it is more solid than I would have guessed based on the number of legs and size. The legs firm up when you tighten/lock them, making the joints unflexible. The only flex is from the legs, and there is some, mostly on the thinnest section. However, if a problem its easy to just leave the last section unextended. Much more solid that way and you only lose a few inches in height.

                    The head feels a bit cheap. Not super smooth. Its very hard to find settings that allow for some movement, but doesn't flop over.

                    The legs are easy to use, but its difficult to know when they are locked or unlocked. Unlocking, there is a big of a click when each section loosens. But locking, it just tightens. No click. So its difficult to be sure its locked.

                    It doesn't get really low to the ground, but if you flip over some legs almost to the vertical, you can make it work. This isn't important to me.

                    In the end, I wanted something really small for carrying around (best tripod is one you have with you) and extends to full height. This fits the bill. Its more solid than I expected. And the head seems a bit cheap for a $200 tripod.

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                    5.0

                    awesome

                    By gui

                    from São Paulo, Brazil

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Folds Small
                    • Lightweight
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Travel
                      • Video

                      Comments about Velbon UT 45L 6-Section Aluminum Tripod with PHD-42Q 4-Way Head:

                      this is the most amazing tripod ever, for one reason only. it compacts itself really really small, I carry it in a very small bag.

                      I always hated tripods because they were bulky.

                      the locking system is new to me but works perfectly after a little practice.

                      couldn't be happier.

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                      2.0

                      Flimsy Tripod

                      By TimEPhoto

                      from Cincy

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Flimsy Construction

                      Best Uses

                      • Travel

                      Comments about Velbon UT 45L 6-Section Aluminum Tripod with PHD-42Q 4-Way Head:

                      Light and small, but not the sturdiest thing ever made. I

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