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Velbon VS Series 443D
4-section tripod with tilting center column
Our take on the Velbon VS Series 443D by Crutchfield's David Brown
Looking for a tripod with unique shooting versatility? Try the Velbon VS-443D. Not only do you get the height flexibility that the 4-section legs and adjustable center column provide. But the center column tilts for full 360-degree movement. Mount your camera on the included quick release plate, attach it to the tripod, and grab the twist-locking grip to turn the center column into a fully maneuverable arm. Tilt the column straight down for cool overhead macro shots or low-angle photos. It also features a sliding function, great for moving your camera manually for a carefully controlled zoom effect during video shooting. For more traditional tripod photography, lock the center column in place and use the included ball head to pan and tilt your camera.
What's in the Box:
- VS-443D tripod
- V4-unit (installed)
- QH-53D ball head (installed)
- QB-62 Quick release plate (installed)
- Operating Manual (English)
- Operating Manual (German)
- Spec sheet
- height range: 9-1/2" to 63-7/16"
- supports cameras and camcorders weighing up to 11 lbs.
- tilting center column can be rotated a full 360 degrees
- center column features geared front-to-back sliding movement for video zoom
- twist-lock grip on end of center column
- legs open wide for low-angle shooting
- includes ball head (QHD-53D) for pan and tilt flexibility
- includes quick-release plate (QB-62) for mounting camera to tripod
- durable aluminum construction
- leg diameter: 23mm
- folded height: 22-13/16"
- weight: 4.08 lbs.
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Overview: The Velbon VS-443D is a versatile tripod, equipped with the V4-unit multi-function arm, the QHD-53D ball head, a quick-release platform, an adjustable center column, and lockable 4-section legs. The VS-443D comes with a zippered nylon carrying case.
V4-unit: The VS-443D's V4-unit multi-function arm has a large hand grip, and can be rotated 360°. The geared center column (elevator) can be adjusted approximately 8" using the crank handle. It can be used in a vertical direction, or tilted for horizontal operation. The center column can also be inverted to shoot close-ups from directly above the subject with the camera positioned beneath the tripod.
QHD-53D Head: The VS-443D's QHD-53D 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. Two bubble levels and a shoe lever on the head ensure the camera is level perfect.
4-Section Aluminum Legs: The 4-section telescoping legs feature Flip-lever leg locks for maximum stability. The legs are tipped with non-slip rubber feet. Each leg has a 3-way sliding angle adjustment that can be set to normal, semi-low, and low-angle.
- Operating Height:
- Maximum: 63.4"
- Minimum: 55.1" (Normal Angle) 9.45" (Low Angle)
- Folded Length: 22.8"
- Weight: 4.08 pounds
- Best Performance Load: 6.61 pounds
- Maximum Load: 11.02 pounds
- Diameter of Tripod Legs: 23mm, 20mm, 17.2mm, and 14.4mm
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