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Velbon VS-443D 4-Section Aluminum Versatile Tripod with Ball Head

You Pay: $197.35
Product Highlights
  • 63.5" Maximum Height
  • Tilting Geared Center Column
  • Ball Head with Quick Release
  • 9.45" Height with Low-Angle Leg Position
  • 22.8" Folded Length
  • Load Capacity of 12 lb
  • Weighs Just 4.1 lb

The Velbon VS-443D 4-Section Aluminum Versatile Tripod with Ball Head features a geared center column that tilts a full 180°, so it can be set at a 90° lateral position or at any other angle along the way. It can also be inverted, making the tripod perfect for macro photography. Its legs offer three angle positions, one of which allows the tripod to be set at a very low 9.45".

The VS-443D tripod features four-section aluminum legs with flip locks. With the center column and leg stages fully extended, the tripod reaches a maximum height of 63.2".

The included QHD-53D ball head features a quick-release mechanism with plate, plus a bubble level. The ball head enables 90° tilt to better accommodate lateral shooting. In this mode, the geared center column offers a special function for video shooting: You can zoom slowly and accurately with the full camera.

The multi-function arm (which tilts the center column) has a nut-locking grip system that can be easily twisted to lock and release for multi-angle use
Three-position legs allow for low-angle spread
Non-slip rubber feet
Comes with bag
General
Load Capacity 11 lb (5 kg)
Maximum Height 63.4" (161.0 cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended 55.1" (140.0 cm)
Minimum Height 9.45" (24.0 cm)
Folded Length 22.8" (57.9 cm)
Weight 4.08 lb (1.85 kg)
Head
Head Type Ball head
Material Aluminum
Quick Release Yes
Height 3.86" (98mm)
Weight 0.68 (310 g)
Legs
Material Aluminum
Diameter (Top Leg Section) 0.91" (23mm)
Head Attachment Fitting 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16
Leg Stages/Sections 3/4
Leg Lock Type Flip Lock
Independent Leg Spread Yes
Spiked/Retractable Feet No/no
Center Column
Center Brace No
Center Column Type Geared, reversible, tilting
Center Column Sections Not specified by manufacturer
Bubble Level Yes
Velbon VS-443D 4-Section Aluminum Versatile Tripod with Ball Head
  • QHD-53D Ball Head
  • QB-62 Quick Release Plate
  • Tripod Bag
  • 5 Year Limited Warranty
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    VelbonVS-443D 4-Section Aluminum Versatile Tripod with Ball Head
     
    4.8

    (based on 8 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    • 4 Stars

       

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (6)
    • Stable (6)
    • Folds away (5)
    • Unfolds quickly (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (6)
      • Portraits (6)
      • Night shots (5)
      • Travel (5)
      • Home (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
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      4.0

      Versatile and Lightweight

      By Discrete Pete

      from Geneva, Switzerland

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Stability
      • Large Range of Motion
      • Strong Clamp
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Complicated Controls

      Best Uses

      • Macro
      • Night Shots
      • Portraits

      Comments about Velbon VS-443D 4-Section Aluminum Versatile Tripod with Ball Head:

      It's light and easy yo use especially for macro.

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      4.0

      Cleverly versatile in every way!!!

      By Radiofro

      from Hawaii

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Folds Small
      • Good Stability
      • Lightweight
      • Outdoor
      • Rugged
      • Still Life
      • Travel
      • Unfolds Quickly

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Velbon VS-443D 4-Section Aluminum Versatile Tripod with Ball Head:

      Needed to upgrade my tripod and found this guy. It has many features I found myself needing while progressing through the challenges of many shoots. This tripod incorporates a 180o center column tilt that can be set at a 90o lateral or any other position. You can tell a photographer came up with this tripod for its intuitive ergonomics!!

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      5.0

      the best !!! I would buy this product ag

      By sun shadow

      from quebec, ca

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Folds Small
      • Good Stability

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Velbon VS-443D 4-Section Aluminum Versatile Tripod with Ball Head:

        The tripod for super-macros photo !!!

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        5.0

        I'm not disappointed in this tripod

        By Tony M

        from Brentwood, CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Unfolds Quickly

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about Velbon VS-443D 4-Section Aluminum Versatile Tripod with Ball Head:

          This tripod is truly versatile. I would have preferred to have my choice for the ball head,e.g. arcs-swiss. I have only used it around home so far.

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          5.0

          great tripod

          By poppy

          from Ardmore ok

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Folds Small
          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Velbon VS-443D 4-Section Aluminum Versatile Tripod with Ball Head:

            Love it! Great piece of equipment for the money!

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            5.0

            Tripod el loco

            By IMAGESMITH

            from St. Albans, wv

            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
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Velbon VS-443D 4-Section Aluminum Versatile Tripod with Ball Head:

              It comes with quick release with the release lock trigger remaining in the cocked position until you snap the quick release shoe into place. Very lightweight & a nifty bag that is easy in & out. This offset tripod is comfortable for my 6"3' frame while in the bag as well as out. The ball head is a great plus & the offset of the middle tube is simply stellar. I secured a 40lb dumbbell to the tripod positioned the camera to shoot out the 27th floor window & used the offset center leg that the camera was attached to to capture images that gave the viewer a pigeon's eye view looking east into the city.This Velbron tripod does the job.Tom the IMAGESMITH

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              5.0

              Great Product!!!

              By Tom

              from Silver Bay, NY

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Folds Small
              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile
              • Well designed

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Close-up Photography
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Portraits
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Velbon VS-443D 4-Section Aluminum Versatile Tripod with Ball Head:

                I am absolutely pleased with this stable and versatile tripod. It is rock solid and sturdy. I use it primarily as support for my Nikon D7000 when doing close-up photography. (Flowers, coins, small objects)

                It is very easy it is to position; it can be adjusted to a high as well as very low to the ground and every ware in between. Easy to set up and get everything level. It is a very high quality product.

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                5.0

                excellent for macro photography

                By RAH1861

                from Hampton, NH

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy to Use
                • Flexible placement
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Velbon VS-443D 4-Section Aluminum Versatile Tripod with Ball Head:

                  I am very pleased with this tripod. It is a unique combination of a boom-type center column that can be positioned at any angle, plus the center column is geared, which makes it even more precise in its movements.

                  The tripod is quite sturdy (considering its low weight), and appears to be well-made, with metal used in most areas, not plastic.

                  The head is nice, for a small ball-head. It is about the same size as a Manfrotto 484, and somewhat better, IMHO. It can be easily removed and replaced with another head if you want (just like with a tripod that is sold as legs-only).

                  My only concern is with the clamps that secure the leg sections. They are plastic, not adjustable, and not quite as robust as I would like (for example, not nearly as sturdy as on Manfrotto tripods). Time will tell if they hold up.

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