The Velbon VS-443D Versatile Solution Tripod is a new-generation tripod that will prove indispensable to photographers from beginner to advanced, in both still imaging and video.
The key to the extreme versatility of the Velbon VS‑443D is an ingenious new mechanism that combines a geared/slide elevator with a 180-degree tilt arm and a 360-degree horizontal pan. It's quick and easy to use, a single twist of the grip at the end of the multi-angle arm loosens both the tilt and rotation, and when the arm is in the desired position, a twist of the grip in the opposite direction re-engages the locking nut and the arm is fixed again.
Shooting straight down is a breeze too. No need to unscrew or remove any parts – simply tilt the multi-angle arm right over to point the camera downwards.
The tripod's supplied Ball Head QHD-53D ensures a solid, secure mount for your camera.
Quick release plate QB-62 allows near-instant detachment of your camera for that spontaneous handheld grab-shot. The VS-443D is supplied with its own zip-up carry case with shoulder strap.
The tripod’s 4-section aluminium legs allow a collapsed length of 58cm (22.8 in.) which, with a weight of just 1.85kg (4.08lb), offers a portability that ensures it will be on hand regardless of the location.
With the multi-angle arm placed horizontally, its geared sliding movement of 200mm (7.87 in.) is useful in other new ways. Use it for fine adjustments in macro (close-up) photography without shifting either the subject or the tripod. Or exploit its smooth, solid movement for a slow track into the subject with a camcorder, or even laterally for a subtle emphasis of the three-dimensional space in a shot. The VS-443D can take your camera safely into the strangest of places – it has even conveyed an SLR into a pipe for a building inspection report!
With the legs at the low-angle position and the elevator arm horizontal, the camera is at a height of 24cm (9.45 in.), but a tilt of the multi-angle arm provides the ultimate in ultra-low-angle photography: the ball-and-socket joint beneath the camera plate can be positioned right on the ground. And if an even lower position is required for a still image, just a twist of the end grip on the arm can turn the DSLR upside down so its viewfinder hovers just millimetres above the ground – but with the security and stability only a tripod can offer.
The tripod’s supplied Ball Head QHD-53D ensures a solid, secure mount for your camera. Its quick release plate QB-62 allows near-instant detachment of your camera for that spontaneous handheld grab-shot.