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Velbon UT-45L

Ultra-compact tripod for cameras and camcorders up to 7 lbs.

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Item # 780UT45L

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When space counts, you'll be relieved you're packing the Velbon UT-45L ultra compact tripod. From a fully folded length of under 1 foot, it grows to give you a stable platform for your camera at heights of over 5 feet. Not only that, it weighs just a scant 2.71 pounds. That's a lot of stable mount power in a tiny package. Six-section aluminum legs enable you to set multiple angles for your camera or camcorder in almost any setting. The 4-way panhead adjusts in almost any direction for maximum creative flexibility. And to make your portability experience complete, it comes with a handy and protective carrying case.

Product Highlights:

  • maximum height: 61.6" with center column fully extended
  • minimum height: 13-7/8"
  • supports cameras and camcorders weighing up to 7 lbs.
  • six-section aluminum legs help you steady the tripod on uneven ground
  • legs twist and release to lock for quick setup
  • 2-section center column ensures easy portability
  • 4-way panhead adjusts to virtually any angle
    • non-slip rubber feet hold fast on most surfaces
  • carry case included
  • folded length: 11-5/8"
  • weight: 2.71 lbs.
  • warranty: 90 days
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • UT-45L tripod with PHD-42Q head installed
  • Nylon carrying case
  • Instruction manual

Velbon UT-45L Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(1 Review)

Velbon UT-45L

Blufusion from Saint Petersburg Florida on 3/23/2014

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I get to be the 1st reviewer of this Excellent Tripod. Just a little background. I worked in TV Newscast Broadcasting as a Director/Technical Director for 20 years I have been buying from Crutchfield from 1982 on. Every time I have a question or buying something. I get the Best of Customer Service! Have from day one till my last purchase. I have owned Video Cameras I bought from Crutchfield over these 30 years. I never had a tripod. Don't know why. Just never had all the funds to get one when I bought my cameras. I have worked with many tripods that cost more than this professionally wise. But I looked at this for a month or 2 before buying. Was thinking this is kinda small? I bought my 1st DSLR/HD Video camera in 2012 from Crutchfield and got everything I wanted then. But I got to say. This is the perfect Tripod for me and for those that travel. I can take it with me and pack it in my checked luggage and carrying it about is not a burden while shooting. I can't say enough good things about it. Im 6'3" and the tripod is just perfect for my height without hunching over to use it. Good Things do come in small packages. But Great Things come from this small,sturdy,lightweight piece of equipment. I had a hesitancy of buying a Velbon product. I see them in the other stores and was not impressed.But this little gem is worth the price for what you get and more from it. If you are looking at this I say Buy It!

Pros: As I said in my review. Get it. It's perfect! Like some people say. "It's all GOOD". But this TRIPOD is ALL GREAT!! Will be buying again from Crutchfield soon. Cant decide on the Sony 55" 4K TV or the 65" Curved HD. But I do know whn I order it will be smooth the advisor will work with me and will not try and oversell me on a product and they have the best knowledge of what they are selling. I know when I'm being BS at the store. After 30 years working in Broadcasting. Crutchfield is The BEST

Cons: None at all. Except I wished I had bought it earlier!


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Overview: The Velbon Ultrek Series UT-45L is an ultra-compact tripod that's ideal for traveling, because it can be folded to less than 1/5 of its maximum length. It features a 2-section center column, and 6-section legs that can fold up 180°. The tripod comes in a handy vinyl carrying case.

PHD-42Q Head: The UT-45L is equipped with the PHD-42Q 4-way head, which can pan, tilt, and rotate 90° left or right for vertical (portrait) photos. It has the QB-62 Quick-Release plate with a standard 1/4" camera screw. The plate lets you quickly remove the camera from the tripod, and locks into the head automatically by the shoe lever when returned to the tripod. The head has three bubble levels to help you get your pictures level perfect.

6-Section Legs: The telescoping legs are loosened by twisting counter-clockwise. Twisting the leg end tip clockwise locks all leg sections in one action.

Leg Angles: The leg angles can be opened from standard 25°, to 45° semi-low, and full-low 75°. The central leg adjuster has three 3-way switches to allow you to set the angle of each leg. The adjuster can be lifted and rotated so the legs can be folded up 180° for storage.


  • Length:
    • Maximum: 61.61" (extended center column); 54.6" (normal position)
    • Minimum: 11.61
    • Folded Length: 11.42"
  • Weight: 2.71 pounds
  • Maximum Loading Weight: 6.61 pounds
  • Recommended Loading Weight: 4.41 pounds
  • Diameter of Tripod Legs: 0.94"

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Staff Reviews

Product reviews from the Crutchfield Labs

Compact but expansive

Written by Ralph Graves, Staff Writer - Creative, on 5/15/2012 10:39:00 AM

OK, this isn't the lightest tripod ever made. But for it's compact size it's got to be one of the most versatile. Right out of the bag it makes a great tabletop mount for a camera or camcorder (which can be handy if you're taking eBay product photos or other up-close things).

But then I started extending the legs. And extending them. And extending them. When I finished, I had a tripod that was over 5 feet tall. But even fully extended, the UT-45L provided a rock-solid base.

And that's really what makes the difference. I've owned spindly little tripods that almost hold a camera steady. So checking out something as substantial as the UT-45L was a real pleasure.

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