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Velbon UT 43D II 6-Section Aluminum Travel Tripod with Ball Head

B&H # VEUT43D2 Mfr # UT 43D 11
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You Pay: $199.95
Product Highlights
  • 5.1' Maximum Height
  • Folds Down to Just 11.3"
  • Ball Head with Quick Release
  • 180° Reversible Legs
  • Load Capacity of 6.6 lb
  • Weighs Just 2.53 lb

The Velbon UT 43D II 6-Section Aluminum Travel Tripod with Ball Head features a remarkable ratio of maximum height (5.1') to folded length (11.3"), making it an excellent choice for backpackers and other travelers who need a lightweight & compact yet highly functional camera support.

That ratio is a result of several factors: the two-section center column, the six sections of the aluminum legs, the fact that each leg section disappears completely inside the one above, and the 180° folding of the legs, by which the feet line up perfectly with the top of the included QHD-43D ball head. Together the head and the UT 43D II tripod weigh just 2.53 lb.

180° reversible legs
Versatile QHD-43D ball and socket head
Quick-release plate included
Patented 6-section trunnion shaft system
Carry case included
General
Load Capacity 6.6 lb (3 kg)
Maximum Height 5.1' (1.55 m)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended 4.6' (1.4 m)
Minimum Height 13.4" (34.2 cm)
Folded Length 11.38" (28.9 cm)
Weight 2.53 lb (1.14 kg)
Head
Head Type Ball Head
Quick Release Yes
Tripod Socket 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16
Height 3.9" (99mm)
Weight 2.5 lb (1.14 kg)
Legs
Material Aluminum
Head Attachment Fitting 1/4"-20
Leg Stages/Sections 5/6
Diameter (Top Leg Section) 0.94" (24mm)
Leg Lock Type Twist lock
Independent Leg Spread Yes
Spiked/Retractable Feet No/no
Center Brace No
Center Column
Center Column Type Rapid
Center Column Sections 2
Bubble Level Yes, three on head
Velbon UT 43D II 6-Section Aluminum Travel Tripod with Ball Head
  • QHD-43D Ball Head
  • QB-62 Quick Release Plate
  • Carry Case
  • 5-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    VelbonUT 43D II 6-Section Aluminum Travel Tripod with Ball Head
     
    4.3

    (based on 7 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (4)
    • Lightweight (4)
    • Easy to use (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel (7)
      • Landscape/scenery (3)
      • Night shots (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (7)

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      5.0

      Small & Lightweight

      By LO14

      from Bakersfield, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • As A Lightstand
        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Velbon UT 43D II 6-Section Aluminum Travel Tripod with Ball Head:

        Riding on my motorcycle I see a lot of beautiful scenery that has to photographed. This tripod is the BEST for my travels with my DSLR. Its compact size makes it easy to store in my sidebags. Its so lightweight and extends so high, its incredible. I laugh everytime I grab it before my five other (famous name brand) tripods, knowing this one takes up so little room. Its very easy to open/close. I wonder why the bigger name brands didn't think of this concept before. On the semi-down side: This is a great first tripod/ball head for beginners. I would liked to have saved some $$$ if it was offered w/out the ball head since I am devoted to another brand's Quick Release system for all my gear. No problem though, I just took off the ballhead that came with this tripod and replaced it. And in case you're wondering, "No", that wouldn't stop me from buying this tripod again.

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        4.0

        So far, impressive

        By Tishylu

        from Concord CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Legs Are Tricky

        Best Uses

        • Travel

        Comments about Velbon UT 43D II 6-Section Aluminum Travel Tripod with Ball Head:

        Have yet to take it on a photo shoot, but have opened it up and checked it out, shown it to other photographers. The entire thing with the head weighs only 2.6 lbs, which is great for a tripod that reaches 61" in height. It is a little tricky to extend and then retract the legs - I need to practice that. The head seems to operate very smoothly and easily. One of the photographers that I showed this to is buying one for himself! Great for traveling, lightweight and even the BAG is simple nylon, very light and not bulky. One other slight negative - I had to add a couple D rings to the bag handle so I could add a shoulder strap to it for easy carry-along when traveling around with just my camera in a sling.

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        4.0

        Very compact and light

        By Bob Burk

        from San Diego, CA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy to Use
        • Fast To Extend The Leg
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Reliability Unknown

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Travel

        Comments about Velbon UT 43D II 6-Section Aluminum Travel Tripod with Ball Head:

        I used to be a pro photographer. For travelling, I need the most compact, light and decent height. Product seems sturdier than Oben AC-1410. Oben leg lock mechanism broke off within one week.
        This Velbon is pretty easy and fast to open and close. I was skeptical about twist lock, but this one I feel comfortable using it with D800, SB910 and 70-200/F2.8.
        I just use it once so far. I do not know how reliable it is. FYI, I have other Velbon for more than 20 years still doing great, it is just too big to travel.

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        5.0

        So far I'm happy with this one

        By Patrick

        from NJ

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Travel

          Comments about Velbon UT 43D II 6-Section Aluminum Travel Tripod with Ball Head:

          I wanted a light weight small tripod I could easily fit in my backback that would support my D7100 and a 16-85. This tripod is very light and packs very small. It is lighter than some carbon tripods that are smaller and more expensive. I was worried that it won't be stable because it is only rated for a load of 6.6lb, however I found this tripod to be pretty stable. Really it checks all the boxes for me, packs very small, light weight, stable, the legs can quickly be extended/collapsed, true quick release plate on head.
          I was warned that the leg locking system relies on plastic pieces that are prone to breaking so I'll have to be a little careful with this. It does have a 5 year warranty so that is a little reassuring.
          Another complaint I have is the quick release plate extends past the camera body. This may not seem important but it means that it will be digging into my stomach while it hangs around my neck. So I won't be leaving the plate on the camera at all times. Not a big deal just a minor annoyance. Also I feel they could have designed the head a little better and lighter.
          Overall I'm really happy I found this and would recommend it as top in the light weight tripod category.

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          5.0

          Solid tripod in a compact space.

          By GFG

          from Raleigh, NC

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability
          • Large Range of Motion

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Travel
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Velbon UT 43D II 6-Section Aluminum Travel Tripod with Ball Head:

            I haven't gotten heavy use out of it yet, but after a road trip with a few sessions involving quick setup and tear down, and this dropped into the top pocket of a Kata 3N1-35 PL, I was sold on it.

            As was another photographer there, who bought one on the spot after seeing it work.

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            3.0

            Fits well but could be lighter

            By Jacob G.

            from Denver, CO

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Night Shots
              • Travel

              Comments about Velbon UT 43D II 6-Section Aluminum Travel Tripod with Ball Head:

              I wanted something that I could carry in my photo backpack. This tripod is very compact, and it's quick to set up. The only drawback is that it's a bit heavy, I expect to feel the difference after walking around all day with it.

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              4.0

              Small, Light, Quick... fairly stable

              By DJK

              from NYC

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Velbon UT 43D II 6-Section Aluminum Travel Tripod with Ball Head:

                  Smallest full sized tripod, very light, very compact, relatively stable for its size.

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