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Velbon Videomate 538/F

Tripod for video cameras

Item # 780VM538F

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Designed for smaller video cameras, the Velbon Videomate 538/F tripod features a fluid panhead that lets you pan and tilt with smoothness and precision while you record your daughter's performance in the school play or your son's play on the football field. The 3-section legs are easily adjusted and locked into place, for stability and security on almost any surface. The geared center column makes it easy to raise up the camera to shoot from higher angles without having to readjust the legs. And the quick-release plate makes it easy to detach your camera in order to fold up this lightweight tripod for moving on to the next event worthy of recording for posterity.

Product Highlights:

  • height range: 50-3/8" to 63-3/8"
  • supports cameras weighing up to 8.82 lbs.
  • includes fluid pan-and-tilt head with quick-release plate (QB-5RL) for mounting camera to tripod
  • geared center column with crank for easy raising and lowering
  • aluminum construction
  • folded height: 24"
  • weight: 3.6 lbs.
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Videomate 583 tripod
  • PH-358 Head (attached)
  • QB-5RL Quick Release platform (installed)
  • Zippered nylon carrying case
  • Operating Instructions

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Overview: The Velbon Videomate 538 is a sturdy aluminum video tripod, equipped with the PH-358 fluid-effect panhead, a quick-release platform, a geared center column, and lockable 3-section legs. The Videomate 538 comes with a zippered nylon carrying case.

PH-358 Panhead: The Videomate 538's PH-358 fluid-effect panhead is equipped with the QB-5RL 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 13".

3-Section Aluminum Legs: The Videomate 538 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: 63.39"
    • Minimum: 50.4"
  • Folded Length: 24.02"
  • Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Best Performance Load: 7 pounds
  • Maximum Load: 8.82 pounds
  • Diameter of Upper Tripod Leg: 23mm

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