When the day is cloudy and dark, or when you'd like to get everybody, including yourself, in the picture. When you'd like to take a time-lapse series of pictures. Or when you'd like the video to not feature your possibly shaky camerawork. These are just some of the situations where you'll be glad you own the Velbon Videomate 438/F fluid panhead tripod. Lightweight and compact, the 438/F folds down to a mere 2 feet in length and weighs less than 3 pounds, making it ideal for strapping to the side of a backpack or camera pack. Three-section aluminum legs and rubber feet make it secure on varied surfaces, and the geared center column adds additional vertical range for that high-angle point of view. Radial leg braces keep everything stable.