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Velbon MAXi 347GB BL 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with PHD-31Q Panhead

B&H # VEMAX347GBBL Mfr # MAXI 347GB BL
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Product Highlights
  • Maximum Height of 62.4"
  • Folds Down to Just 16.8"
  • Trunnion Shaft Legs
  • Center Brace
  • Geared Center Column
  • Spiked Feet
  • Weighs Just 2.6 lb
  • Supports Loads Up to 4.4 lb

The Velbon MAXi 347GB BL 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with PHD-31Q Panhead is an extremely space-efficient camera support system for a DSLR or other camera. (Black in color, this is the "BL" version of the older 347GB model.

Featuring Velbon's patented Trunnion Shaft system, the MAXi 347GB is able to get both extremely tall and extremely compact. Each leg section collapses fully into the section immediately above it, resulting in the optimal ratio between extended length and folded length. The tripod extends to a generous working height of 62.4" yet folds down to just 16.8", which makes for easy storage in a carry-on bag. It's lightweight, too: the tripod weighs just 2.6 lb.

The tripod features a geared center column for precise height adjustments and a center brace for added stability. Sufficiently sturdy & supremely compact, the MAXi 347GB BL is an ideal travel tripod for small cameras, supporting loads up to 4.4 lb.

Rubber foot pads can be retracted to reveal spikes for soft ground
Panning arm can be mounted on either side of the head
Camera plate can be inserted into quick-release assembly in either direction
Maximum Height 62.4" (158.5 cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended 49.8" (126.4 cm)
Minimum Height 16.1" (41 cm)
Folded Length 16.8" (42.7 cm)
Load Capacity 4.5 lb (2 kg)
Leg Sections 4
Diameter (Top Leg Section) 0.79" (20mm)
Leg Lock Type Flip locks
Independent Leg Spread No
Center Column Sections 1
Center Column Type Geared
Center Brace Yes
Spiked Feet Yes
Head Type 3-way pan/tilt with quick release
Head Mount Thread Size 1/4"-20
Weight 2.65 lb (1.20 kg)
Velbon MAXi 347GB BL 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with PHD-31Q Panhead
  • Case
  • QB-3B Quick Release Plate
  • 5 Year Limited Warranty
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    VelbonMAXi 347GB BL 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with PHD-31Q Panhead
     
    2.5

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    4.0

    Good, light wight compact tripod

    By John

    from Cashmere, WA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Stability
    • Large Range of Motion

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Shots
      • Travel

      Comments about Velbon MAXi 347GB BL 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with PHD-31Q Panhead:

      I wanted a light and compact tripod. Without breaking the bank. I have one that is too heavy and the other is just too unstable. The MAXi is just right. It packs well and doesn't take up much room. Great for carry on when flying.
      So far nothing bad to say about it, it does what I wanted it to.

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      1.0

      Flimsy plastic and overpriced

      By Dr. Steve

      from Boston, MA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Breakable plastic parts
        • Expensive
        • Poorly designed controls
        • Poor warrantee support
        • Unstable

        Best Uses

          Comments about Velbon MAXi 347GB BL 4-Section Aluminum Tripod with PHD-31Q Panhead:

          Purchased from B&H in 2002. Used with super lightweight video camera. Purchased due to its lightweight and "unlimited lifetime warrantee" because I considered it very expensive. The knob that controls the tilt on the head is either too tight and locks so you need a vise grip or too loose and anything more than about 1 pound does not stay still. First the little plastic lever on the mount quick release broke into a sharp point after about 10 uses. I rounded it. Then one of the very flimsy plastic connectors on the cross braces broke after about 25 uses in 3 years. When I contacted the company I did not have my receipt. B&H could not supply receipts from 2002. Result, I could send $29.95, pay for shipping both ways AND pay for repairs. No deal for me. Ironically, while shredding old business receipts 6 years later I FOUND the receipt. Now we will see if I can get them to honor the unlimited lifetime warrantee. Buyer beware. The product is poorly designed, it is expensive and the company does not stand behind their products. My advice, skip any Velbon products period.

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