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The Velbon Videomate 638 is a heavy duty, aluminium video tripod with fluid PH-368 head designed to support no more than 4kg. This video kit offers quick lever leg locks for quick setups, smooth pan and tilt movements and a maximum height of 171cm with the geared centre column fully extended. When speed is of the essence and shooting handheld is required, simply release the QB-6RL camera plate using the quick release mechanism and away you go. The PH-368 fluid head is perfect for smooth video work, but is equally suitable for general purpose photography or observing wildlife with a spotting scope. This portable tripod folds down to 67cm.
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Excellent tripod for filming at a great price
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Comments about Velbon Videomate 638 Video Tripod with PH-368 Head:
As a student video journalist, I was on a tight budget when it came to looking for a tripod. I made the rookie mistake of ordering an unbranded cheap one before realising that I would need to spend a bit more in order to get a tripod suitable for filming. I was pleasantly surprised when I received the Videomate 638 because my main worry was the fluid pan head. Information on the internet had suggested I would need to shell out a lot more to get a tripod with a real fluid pan head. Yet, the head is beautifully smooth! The tension can be adjusted and the small markers allow you to adjust the tilt accurately. After checking if the fluid pan head worked, I was again pleasantly surprised to see that the level indicator was also accurate. I found this immensely useful when filming in conditions where I had to adjust the tripod legs individually. With regards to the tripod legs, they extend well. The clamps are strong, so there is no fear of the legs slowly sinking down and they are easy to extent and retract. The centre geared column is also great, it is stable even when extended fully, something I again had been told to not expect on a budget tripod. The fact is, this is a great tripod and I am happy that I decided to buy this one on my second try. It is great for beginners but does not hold back in terms of quality and features. It is a bit on the heavy side however, but this means it is strong and stable. It is unlikely that it would be knocked down in mild windy conditions. The carry case that it comes with is good in that it is comfortable to wear, however, the zip and material could do with some improvements as mine has had a small tear. Overall, I would definitely recommend this product.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Great for filming smooth pans and tilts
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About Me Casual user, Hobbyist/Enthusiast, Professional
I use this for filming with my DSLR. It holds the camera very well, I've used a Canon 5D with this tripod, which is a fairly heavy camera and this tripod holds it well. I love the smoothness of the pans and tilts, for the price, it's a great product. I have not used it often so cannot comment on it's durability.
Very good for the price
About Me Professional
Great value tripod, only downside is the plastic nature of the leg locks. Much sturdier than I expected and very smooth pan tilt action.
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