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Velbon ULTRA LUXi L

Compact tripod for digital cameras and camcorders

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Velbon's high-performance ULTRA LUXi L tripod lets you take stunning photos from just about any angle. The sturdy aluminum legs retract to hold your camera as low as 7-1/2" off the ground for taking close macro shots, or you can extend the tripod to a height of 63-7/16" for everyday shooting. And when you're ready to hit the road, the whole thing folds down to just 15-7/16" for easy traveling. The joystick-style grip lets you tilt the four-way panhead up and down, or left and right to smoothly sweep your camera across a scene.

Extra-long, sturdy twist-to-lock legs
All of Velbon's Ultra Series tripods feature patented Trunnion Shaft System (TSS) technology. It means that each leg section extends to the length of the section before it, making the tripod extremely compact when folded. It also features Velbon's "Twist Lock" leg system — a simple quick twist and pull allows you to extend each leg in one movement, while another twist locks the leg. It helps to ensure an incredibly stable, vibration-free platform for your camera.

Works with the tripod head of your choice
The included quick-release plate can be screwed into the threaded tripod socket of your camera and left in place. That way, you can quickly attach and detach your camera from the tripod, so you'll be ready for unexpected photo opportunities when they come up. If you already have a favorite tripod head, or want to use a Velbon professional ball head, you can easily remove the panhead and mount almost any tripod head in its place.

Highlights:

  • maximum height: 63-7/16" with center column fully extended
  • minimum height: 7-1/2"
  • supports cameras and camcorders weighing up to 11 lbs.
  • three-position legs help you steady the tripod on uneven ground
  • four-way panhead with quick-release plate for mounting camera to tripod
  • joystick-style grip tilts camera
  • Trunnion Shaft System legs twist to lock for added stability
  • durable aluminum construction
  • case included
  • folded: 15-7/16"
  • weight: 2.91 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
 

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  • Ultra Lux i L tripod
  • QB-145 Quick release adapter plate (installed)
  • 2 Panhandles (installed end-to-end on tripod)
  • Vinyl zippered carrying case
  • Operating Instructions (English)
  • Operating Instructions (French)

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Features

Overview: The Velbon Ultra Lux i L is a high quality compact tripod that can be used with cameras and camcorders up to 11 pounds. It has a 4-way PHD-41Q panhead with dual pan handles for maximum control. The QB-145 quick release platform lets you easily attach and detach your camera or camcorder. It has a universal 1/4" mounting screw. The Ultra Lux i L weighs only 2.91 pounds, and comes with a zippered nylon carrying case.

Split Center Column: The Ultra Lux i L's center column can be manually lifted for an additional 11.75" of height. The center column is split into two sections, allowing you to remove one section for shooting at positions close to the ground.

Legs: The Ultra Lux i L has lightweight, 5-section legs with twist-and-release leg locks and rubber feet. The upper legs have a diameter of 24 mm (15/16"). The leg angle stops can be unlocked for a low-position leg spread, allowing you to shoot from a height of only 7-1/2".

3 Bubble Levels: The Ultra Lux i L features three leveling bubbles for maximum balance, and to get your shots level from any ground angle.

Dimensions:

  • Folded Length: 15.4"
  • Minimum Operating Height: 7.48"
  • Maximum Operating Height: 63.4"
  • Load Capacity: 11 pounds
  • Weight: 2.91 pounds
 
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Velbon ULTRA LUXi L

Written By Skeeter, Los Angeles, CA on Monday, January 07, 2013
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Tripod is really nice and solid with bubble levels for those straight shots.... It pods my Nikon D7000 perfectly. Overall extremely satisfied. Thanks Crutchfield!
Pros:
Folds nicely.....Professional appearance
Cons:
None as of yet
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5 out of 5

Velbon Ultra Luxi L

Written By Scott, Honolulu, Hawaii on Sunday, December 16, 2012
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This tripod is well made. I like the folded size and weight. I purchased a little back pack and it fits perfectly on the side. It was really easy to use and fold away once I started getting used to it. There could have been more instructions for me but someone that is good at using devices should have no problems using this. As for the weight, it was pretty light. I compared it to other cheaper tripods and there was no comparison. I am not an expert photographer, just using it to video my childrens' programs. I have a canon t3 with a large lens and I was impressed with the sturdy feel and I am glad that I made the investment.
Pros:
Small and light weight, easy to use.
Cons:
Didn't come with instructions for the average user.
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