Velbon Ultra Maxi-L

Velbon Ultra Maxi-L is a Compact and lightweight tripod and ideal for use with DSLRs with compact digital cameras and camcorders. The tripod features Patented TRUNNION shaft system with High quality 5-section aluminium legs and completed with PHD-31Q aluminium pan & tit head included. The Velbon Ultra Maxi-L has maximum height of 60″ (152.5cm), minimum height 6.5″ (16.5cm), Folded Length 14.2″ (36cm), Load Capacity 3.3 lbs (1.5kg), and weighs 2.2 lbs (990g).

Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

User Opinions

Velbon Ultra Maxi-L User Reviews

Velbon PHD-31Q
“Very nice build quality! All the mechanics are compact and solid. Clearly a lot of thought put into down-sizing the required features. All axis controls are precise and secure…no cheap plastic here. Pivot points for the legs are strong and sturdy…ingenious slide device allows legs to open horizontally. Love the twist-lock legs and rubber leg ends.” – By Oren
Rating: ★★★★★

Unique product
“A nearly full-size tripod that folds to 36cm/14″. There aren’t many other similar products. It’s not rock stable, but that’s to be expected from a five-section tripod with 9mm (11/32″) bottom sections. Still, it’s stable enough to hold my (small) DSLR with a kitlens, and if I don’t extend the center column, even with a 70-300mm lens. It is definitely a quality product.” – By mil
Rating: ★★★★☆

Great tripod
“This tripod is great! Easily holds an SLR with a 70-300 lens. Surprisingly stable considering how thin the legs are and how tall it gets. It’s very quick to set up and take down. Small and easy to carry in the included bag.” – By Matt
Rating: ★★★★★

Good mobile tri-pod
“I bought this tri-pod for backpacking with an SLR camera. It worked great for that purpose. It’s light but stable. The only issue I have with it is that in a sandy environment (like backpacking), the retractable legs got junk in them that is causing them to be a little harder to lock into place. We’ll see if that has a negative effect over time but so far it still works fine.” – By T. Barrios
Rating: ★★★★☆

A unique product
“I have spent many hours searching the web for a (close to) full-size tripod that would fold to something you can actually put in a daypack and take with you on a hike, so believe me, a product like this Velbon is hard to come by! Many full-size tripods will fold to 50cm/20″, a few will to 47cm/18.5″, but 36cm/14″ like this tripod is really quite unique! Yes, compromises had to be made; the legs do flex a little (the lowest section has a diameter of just 9mm (11/32″)), but it is still a well put together product. However, if you think you will need something more sturdy, look at its larger brother Velbon Ultra LUXi-L Aluminum Tripod with Quick Release PHD-1Q Panhead, Maximum Height 63″, Supports 5.5 lb, which has thicker legs and is also 9cm/3.5″ taller when fully extended, but is also a little longer when folded and more than a little heavier. There are also slightly shorter, “M” versions of either the MAXi or the LUXi, but I wouldn’t consider them unless they were seriously cheaper than the “L”s, which, as I type this, they are not (or unless you are short enough not to need the longer versions)…” – By Kamil Iskra
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Features & Specifications

Velbon Ultra Maxi-L Features & Specifications

Compact and lightweight, the Velbon Ultra Maxi-L Tripod incorporates the patented “Twist Lock” leg-locking system, which allows its legs to lock and unlock quickly and simply with just a half turn twist. This unique system speeds up the set-up time significantly. This model also features the Trunion Shaft System (TSS), where the main leg-bolts are now positioned directly above the shaft, which makes the tripod even more compact when closed.

The tripod’s unique leg assembly allows for a five-section tripod with a great expansion/contraction ratio (~60″ extended & ~14.2″ collapsed). It is especially ideal for use as a traveling tripod, to be used with a standard digital SLR camera system.

The included PHD-31Q is a fully-featured all-metal “revolving” pan/tilt head. In addition to the usual 3-way pan and tilt functions this head has a second revolving plane, basically allowing for any position. It has swing function of 90° to right and left, and 360° pan action. The quick release platform is compact and thin, but is made of aluminum to maintain durability.

* Independent leg spread allows each leg to be positioned at different angles, with a choice of three preset angles.

* Split center column for low-angle work

* Top-leg diameter of 21mm

See also: Accessories | Tripod

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