Velbon EX-530/F

Aluminum tripod for cameras and camcorders

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Attach your camera or camcorder to Velbon's sturdy EX-530/F tripod and rest assured it will be steady and secure for clear, blur-free photos and video. The adjustable legs and geared center column extend to a maximum height of 61-3/8 inches. Pan and tilt with ease, or flip up the quick-release plate to shoot in portrait mode. The lightweight aluminum frame is strong enough to hold up to 9 pound loads, yet light enough to strap to a backpack and take anywhere.

Product Highlights:

  • height range: 48-15/16" to 61-3/8"
  • supports cameras and camcorders weighing up to 9 lbs.
  • pan-and-tilt head with quick-release plate (QB-46) for mounting camera to tripod
  • camera plate turns 90 degrees for portrait-mode shooting
  • geared center column with crank adjuster for raising and lowering
  • aluminum construction
  • carrying case included
  • leg diameter: 1.02"
  • folded height: 22-3/8"
  • weight: 3.2 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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My Favorite Tripod Ever

Written By Jasmine W, Coventry, CT on Sunday, November 16, 2014

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This lightweight tripod is sturdier than any I have used and I've never had a tripod head that moved so easily and locked so securely. It could be a minus that the legs are always the same distance apart, but it's easy to adjust each leg individually, so it works for me. I'm guessing the mechanism that locks the legs contributes to the sturdiness of the tripod. I've spent much more money for a tripod, but this one is the best.

Pros: The tripod is lightweight, very sturdy, moves easily and locks securely. It is inexpensive but feels like it is top quality.

Cons: The legs are always the same distance apart. The process of locking the legs in place is noisy and can scare animals away. But I find that setting up any tripods scares birds.

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  • EX-530 tripod
  • QB-46 Quick release adapter plate (installed)
  • Nylon zippered carrying case
  • Manual

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Overview: The Velbon EX-530 is a lightweight aluminum tripod with a 3-way panhead with a quick-release platform, a geared center column, and lockable 3-section legs. The EX-530 comes with a zippered nylon carrying case.

Panhead: The EX-530's 3-way non-removable panhead is equipped with the QB-46 Quick Release platform and a 1/4" tripod socket. The head features tension adjustments on both the tilt and pan mechanisms for smooth movement and more control. It can also roll 90° for taking photos in portrait orientation. A single bubble level on the panhead ensures the camera is level perfect.

3-Section Aluminum Legs: The 3-section telescoping legs include radial braces and quick lever leg locks for maximum stability. The legs are tipped with non-slip rubber feet.

Geared Center Column: The geared center column, or elevator, gives you a vertical movement range of approximately 12-1/2".


  • Operating Height:
    • Maximum: 61.4"
    • Minimum: 48.9"
  • Folded Length: 22.4"
  • Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Best Performance Load: 4.4 pounds
  • Load Capacity: 9 pounds
  • Diameter of Tripod Legs: 1.02" / 0.91" / 0.78"

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