Velbon UT 43D II Aluminum Travel Tripod with Ball Head

Velbon UT 43D II Aluminum Travel Tripod with Ball Head

Velbon UT 43D II Aluminum Travel Tripod with Ball Head

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Velbon UT 43D II Aluminum Travel Tripod with Ball Head Folded


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  • Load Capacity: 6.6 lb
  • Max Height: 61.2"
  • Min Height: 13.4"
  • Folded Length: 11.4"
  • Leg Sections: 6
  • Weight: 2.5 lb
  • Reverse-Folding Legs
  • Ball Head with Quick-Release Plate
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Velbon UT 43D 11 overview

  • 1Description

The Velbon UT 43D II Aluminum Travel Tripod with Ball Head features a remarkable ratio of a maximum height of 61.2" to a folded length of 11.3", making it an excellent choice for backpackers and other travelers who need a lightweight and 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 2.5 lb.

180° reversible legs
Versatile QHD-43D ball head
Quick-release plate included
Patented 6-section trunnion shaft system
Carrying case included
UPC: 017915930469
In the Box
Velbon UT 43D II Aluminum Travel Tripod with Ball Head
  • QHD-43D Ball Head
  • QB-62 Quick Release Plate
  • Carrying Case
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Velbon UT 43D 11 specs

    Tripod Head
    Head Type Ball Head
    Base Mount 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16 Threads
    Load Capacity 6.6 lb / 3 kg
    Maximum Working Height 61.2" / 155 cm
    Max Height without Center Column 55.2" / 140 cm
    Minimum Working Height 13.4" / 34.2 cm
    Folded Length 11.38" / 28.9 cm
    Materials Aluminum Alloy
    Weight 2.5 lb / 1.1 kg
    Leg Lock Type Twist Lock
    Independent Leg Spread Yes
    Leg Sections 6
    Leg Diameter 0.94" / 24 mm
    Center Column
    Center Column Sections 2
    Center Column Extension Type Rapid
    Lateral / 90-Degree Center Column No
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.09 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.1 x 5.4 x 4.0"

    Velbon UT 43D 11 reviews

    UT 43D II Aluminum Travel Tripod with Ball Head is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 12.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Small & Lightweight 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.
    Date published: 2014-07-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have bought this product again! I've worn out two of these tripods and just bought my third. I love it for its functionality and compactness. It's intuitive to use and very quick to set up. The first two were bought about six or seven years ago. The legs wore out -different parts - and since the extra wasn't in use, I used it for parts. It's been all over our planet and used in harsh (sand, water) conditions.I finally ran out of parts and after looking at other brands, bought a new one. I hope Velbon has improved the inner workings of the legs so they are more robust. I wish the head panned - otherwise it's pitch perfect!
    Date published: 2017-07-31
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from So far, impressive 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.
    Date published: 2014-01-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very compact and light 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.
    Date published: 2013-09-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from extremely compact Purchased to use with a Lumix P&S, but strong enough to hold DSLR with all purpose zoom (18250). A little complex to open & tolerances on leg sections very tight, so take time & care. Supplied quick release plate too big for P&S (see first photo), so replaced supplied head with a smaller ball (2nd photo) which shortened stored length about 1/2 inch. The QR is excellent on a DSLR. 4 stars because no tripod is perfect.
    Date published: 2014-08-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid tripod in a compact space. 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.
    Date published: 2013-01-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far I'm happy with this one 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.
    Date published: 2013-09-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Small, Light, Quick... fairly stable Smallest full sized tripod, very light, very compact, relatively stable for its size.
    Date published: 2012-12-18
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