Velbon's high-performance ULTRA LUXi M tripod lets you take stunning photos from just about any angle. It can position your camera as low to the ground as 7-1/2" for close macro shots of foliage or insects, or as high as 54-1/2" for everyday shooting. And when it's time to take your gear on the road, the whole thing folds up to just 13-5/8" 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 extends to the length of the leg 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.

Product Highlights:

  • maximum height: 54-1/2" 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: 13-5/8"
  • weight: 2.78 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Written By Gordon, Portland, ME on Friday, February 03, 2012

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Very well built tripod, nice and compact for trips, sturdy enough to support any camera. I like the built in leveling guides to get the camera oriented exactly as you want it.

Pros: easy to setup and use

Cons: none that I've seen so far.

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  • Ultra Lux i M 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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Overview: The Velbon Ultra Lux i M 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 M weighs only 2.78 pounds, and comes with a zippered nylon carrying case.

Split Center Column: The Ultra Lux i M's center column can be manually lifted for an additional 8" 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 M 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 M features three leveling bubbles for maximum balance, and to get your shots level from any ground angle.


  • Folded Length: 13.6"
  • Minimum Operating Height: 7.48"
  • Maximum Operating Height: 54.4"
  • Load Capacity: 11 pounds
  • Weight: 2.78 pounds

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