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Velbon Ultra Series UT 43D

Aluminum 6-section tripod with ball head

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Get incredible versatility from a super-compact tripod. The Velbon UT 43D folds up to less than a foot long, yet can be expanded to more than 5 feet tall. The six-section legs and extending center column give you a wide range of shooting options. Each leg section is easily locked or unlocked with one twist of the end tip. You can also open this tripod's legs fully, perfect for low-angle macro shots. The included ball head provides easy movement for panning and tilting, while the quick release plate makes for fast setup and breakdown. The UT 43D's 180-degree folding legs make it easy to fold up and stow in the included storage bag for convenient carrying.

Product Highlights:

  • height range: 13-7/16" to 61-3/8"
  • supports cameras and camcorders weighing up to 6.61 lbs.
  • 2-section extending center column
  • legs can be fully opened for low-angle shooting
  • includes ball-and-socket head (QHD-43D) for pan and tilt flexibility
  • includes quick-release plate (QB-62) for mounting camera to tripod
  • durable aluminum construction
  • leg diameter: 24mm
  • folded height: 11-5/8"
  • storage case included
  • weight: 2.53 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • UT-43D II tripod
  • QHD-43D pan head (installed)
  • QB-62 Quick Release platform (installed)
  • Nylon carrying case
  • Manual

Velbon Ultra Series UT 43D Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(1 Review)

Amazing little device!

Warren W, Photographer, Capturing Life's from Shoreline, WA on 5/8/2013

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This little gem packs up small enough to fit into a daybag backpack, yet unfolds high enough to hold my 5D-II with a 70-200 L-series lens on it. I bought it for a trip to Europe in September 2013, (which is still in the planning stages) but I expect great things from it. I've used it around town where I live with great results. I absolutely endorsed this product. It's ingenious design is strong, robust, and sturdy. It was a tad spendy, but you really do get what you pay for. 5 stars for sure.

Pros: Folds down to very small for its fully extended height. Strong enough for my DSLR and telephoto lens. Works well for macro shots also. Excellent design and engineering

Cons: I have found nothing wrong with this tripod, altought it was a bit more expensive than I thought I was going to have to spend on a travel tripod. But, it works, it does the job.


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Overview: The Velbon UT-43D II is an ultra-compact tripod, equipped with the QHD-43D ball head, a quick-release platform, an adjustable center column, and lockable 6-section legs. The UT-43D II comes with a zippered nylon carrying case.

QHD-43D Head: The UT-43D II's QHD-43D ball-type head is equipped with the QB-62 Quick Release platform and a 1/4" tripod socket. The head features a single tension adjustment for smooth movement and quick control. There are two slots to allow you to tilt the head 90° in either direction for taking photos in portrait orientation. Two bubble levels and a shoe lever on the head ensure the camera is level perfect.

6-Section Aluminum Legs: The 6-section heavy-duty telescoping legs feature the Twist & Release leg locking system for maximum stability. The legs are tipped with non-slip rubber feet. The legs are 180° reversible for more compact storage.

Slide Leg Angle Selector: The leg angle can be set to one of three positions: Normal, Semi-Low Angle, and Low Angle. The Leg Collar can be lifted and rotated out of the way so you can fold the legs up for storage.

Adjustable Center Column: The telescoping Center Column can be adjusted to your desired height, and locked in place with the Center Column Nut. The Center Column has a slide range of 6.34".


  • Operating Height:
    • Maximum: 61.34"
    • Minimum: 13.46" (Low Angle position)
  • Folded Length: 11.38"
  • Weight: 2.53 pounds
  • Best Performance Load: 6.61 pounds
  • Diameter of Tripod Legs: 24mm, 21mm, 18mm, 15mm, 12mm, and 9mm

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