Velbon El Carmagne 530 is Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs with PH-250B 3-Way Panhead for SLR camera. The tripod features Lightweight, durable tripod with rigid carbon fiber legs and magnesium body includes 3-way pan head; effortless lever-lock system for quick adjustments and Split center column enables low-angle and semi-low-angle positions completed with Scratch-resistant neoprene grips and rubber feet; includes tripod case. The Velbon El Carmagne 530 has maximum height of 64.7″ (164.3 cm), maximum height (with center column down) 50.8″ (129 cm), minimum height 10.2″ (25.9 cm), Folded Length 24.8″ (63 cm), Load Capacity 8.8 lbs (4 kg), and weighs 3.8 lb (1.7 kg).
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Velbon El Carmagne 530 User Reviews
“I already have one Velbon 530 and just ordered my second one via Amazon. The one review on here was exactly correct. I can add that this tripod is rated to handle over 13 pounds (you REALLY don’t want to put a PRO $8000 camera setup that weighs 11 lbs on a $39 tripod that can handle 4 lbs), important to me since I have Nikon Pro digitals with those lens you see at football games. It is really steady and with most carbon fiber/magnesium tripods starting at $400, it’s also a bargain.” – By Russell M. Aldred
“I love this tripod. It is extremely stable. At first I got it for my canon camera, but now use it for my rather large video camera and it works great with that too. It is not extremely light. But I still attach it to my backpack and lug it along. Nice to have. Motion is smooth and locks work great. Comes with a holster that I don’t use.” – By Dmitry Goldenberg
Everything I expected
“I had foolishly bought a couple of cheap tripods and they actually worked. My camera (Canon EOS Rebel XT) did not fall on the ground. But when I went to a 75-300 lens and Speedlight 430EX external mflash, it got shaky. Bit the bullet and got a really good one. Carbon Fiber legs, Magnesium Pan Head. It’s actually lighter than the old cheap ones and I really would not hesitate to put an 8X10 view camera with a long lens on it. Solid as a rock, set-up and teardown very quick with the snap-locks, Pan-head smooth as silk. Everything I hoped for when I bought it and even more. Highly recommended.” – By Gaines Owen
Velbon 530 Tripod
“This tripod is light and easy to use. The camera must be screwed onto the base. There is no quick release or shoe. A lever on the thumb screw helps to release or to put that extra twist on the shoe screw. The overall height is excellent. The legs can be made to extend out to provide a very low setting. Markers on the legs allow the user to extend each leg to the same length… In some of my shots, horizontal lines are on a slight angle. I think a bubble level would eliminate this. All in all a very good unit for the money.” – By George A. Yaklitch
Best Bang for the Buck
“I have used this Velbon El Carmagne 530 tripod for 6 months on my Canon 1D MKII with 300/f2.8 or 400/f4 lenses (8 to 10 pounds total weight). Great price for a great tripod. Same build quality as more expensive carbon fiber tripods. Very light yet very sturdy with high load capacity. Come with tripod carry case and trap. Comes with sandbag hook. The center post can be dismantled to allow the tripod legs to spread apart and thus lower the camera to the ground for an “ant’s eye view” perspective. The tripod head is very simple but with great build quality and is easily replaceable for a more sophisticated ball head or gimball head.” – By Matt Cham
If there was a time machine
“I bought this, but wish i got the 540 instead…. why? because the 540 is only a little price difference, but the 530 is long and for me, just an inch too big, the 540 would probably have fit in my carry=on better…. but as a tripod, this thing is freaking amazing! “ – By //the.eurobeaR
Worth the price
“I bought this tripod for my Nikon D200 setup. I was using, till now, a cheap $20 tripod from Ritz. I must say, this is one heck of a sturdy tripod. I was looking for something from Bogen-Manfrotto and around the $150 mark. But I found this at Best Buy for $199 (I didn’t buy this from amazon) and once I checked it out, I didn’t mind the extra cost, at all. Its light and sturdy. Exactly what I was looking for, since I travel quite a bit and need portability…” – By Hari Rajan
“Got one today and am very pleased. A good deal for the money. Sturdy, light weight, and all of the controls just work very well. I particularly like how you can fold in/out both of the clamps on each leg at the same time with one hand, which speeds up the process. And you don’t *have* to remove one of the handles to put it in the bag. You can leave the top unzipped a little ways and carry it with the one handle sticking out a bit… I’ve used it quite a lot since buying it, and still like it very much. …” – By D. Hansen
Can’t go wrong
“The leg clamps, while plastic, have never failed and are extremely easy to use. There are increment marks on the legs, which really only help on level ground, but helpful none the less. I’ve never had to use it w/ the legs spread, but have tested the leg locks and they are also easy to use. The tilt and pan head locks well and move’s easily but I’m going to upgrade to a ball head for a single action adjust instead of dual…. – By Jim Matthews
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Velbon El Carmagne 530 Features & Specifications
Velbon’s EL Carmagne series responds to the demands for a lightweight durable tripod, offering superior strength and specifications while being one third lighter than their conventional aluminum counterparts. Carbon fiber is also more resilient to temperature changes.
These durable and versatile tripods have 3-positions of leg spread for normal, semi-low and full-low angle shooting, and the split rapid center column detaches appropriately to access the full range of height.
Included are also an accessory hook and a “stone bag” (tripod apron), which can be used to add stability to the tripod.
* Neoprene covering protects the top leg sections from scratches, and make them easier to use in extreme weather conditions
* Height-markings on lower two leg sections allow for more precise positioning
* Split center column allows the tripod to go down to 10.2″
* Tripod head can be mounted on either end of the center column
* Appropriate for 4×5 systems, all medium format cameras & all 35mm applications except lenses larger than a 400mm f/2.8