Velbon Videomate 638/F

Heavy-duty tripod for video cameras

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  • Velbon Videomate 638/F


  • Velbon Videomate 638/F

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Designed for smaller video cameras, the Velbon Videomate 638/F tripod features a heavy-duty, durable aluminum design that's also lightweight enough for strapping to a backpack when you're on the move. The 3-section legs are easily adjusted and locked into place, for stability and security on most any surface. Attach your video camera to this tripod's quick-release plate and record your daughter's performance in the school play or your son's play on the football field. The fluid panhead lets you pan and tilt with smoothness and precision while you record. And when it's time to move on to the next event, just detach your camera and fold up the Videomate 638/F for a compact, easy-to-carry package.

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  • height range: 54-1/2" to 67-5/16"
  • supports cameras weighing up to 13.22 lbs.
  • includes fluid pan-and-tilt head with quick-release plate (QB-6RL) for mounting camera to tripod
  • geared center column with crank for easy raising and lowering
  • aluminum construction
  • folded height: 26-3/8"
  • weight: 4.37 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • Videomate 683 tripod
  • PH-368 Head (attached)
  • QB-6RL Quick Release platform (installed)
  • Zippered nylon carrying case
  • Operating Instructions

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Overview: The Velbon Videomate 638 is a heavy duty aluminum video tripod, equipped with the PH-368 fluid panhead, a quick-release platform, a geared center column, and lockable 3-section legs. The Videomate 638 comes with a zippered nylon carrying case.

PH-368 Panhead: The Videomate 638's PH-368 fluid-effect panhead is equipped with the QB-6RL Quick Release platform and a 1/4" tripod socket. The panhead can rotate 360° horizontally, and can tilt approximately 160°. The fluid action of the panhead gives you smooth panning and tilting action when you're shooting video. There are separate pan and tilt locking knobs to keep the camera steady.

Note: The panhead is not detachable from the tripod.

Center Column: The tripod has a geared center column so you can adjust the height of the tripod. The column locks into place once you have raised the camera to the desired height. The center column has an adjustment of approximately 12.75".

3-Section Aluminum Legs: The Videomate 638 has telescoping 3-section aluminum legs with radial leg braces for stability. The legs extend and lock in place with quick lever leg locks. The legs are tipped with non-slip rubber feet. There is a single bubble level to assist in leveling the tripod.


  • Operating Height:
    • Maximum: 67.32"
    • Minimum: 54.53"
  • Folded Length: 26.38"
  • Weight: 4.37 pounds
  • Best Performance Load: 9 pounds
  • Maximum Load: 13.22 pounds
  • Diameter of Upper Tripod Leg: 26mm
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