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(From company literature) Velbon DF-60. Deluxe, heavy-duty tripod with 3-Way Fluid Pan/Tilt Head (QB-5W).


The DF (DUAL FUNCTION) tripods are designed for both photo and video use. The panheads feature left-side sure-grip pan/tilt control handles. Steel ground spikes with rubber tips included. Head is not interchangeable.


Specifications:

  • Head Type: QB-5W 3-Way Fluid Pan/Tilt Head with Quick Release
  • Column Type: Geared
  • Number of Leg Sections: 3
  • Leg Lock Type: Flip Lever
  • Maximum Height: 161.3 cm / 63.5 in.
  • Minimum Height: 58.4 cm / 23 in.
  • Folded Length: 60.5 cm / 23.8 in.
  • Maximum Load: 6.8 kg / 15 lbs
  • Weight: 1.8 kg / 4 lbs



Keywords: Velbon Tripod Geared Panhead Quick-Release


usul3084

Registered: December 2006
Posts: 4
Velbon DF-60 review by usul3084
Review Date: 12/7/2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Total Spent: $60.00| Rating: 3 

 
Pros: Inexpensive, hasn't broken after a year of use, lightweight.
Cons: Proprietary quick release, no ground level ability or individual leg spread, plastic head, not stable for use with long lenses.

My first tripod, purchased on a budget. I've been using it for over a year and it has held up reasonably well. The cheap feeling plastic parts haven't broken yet, which surprises me. The leg locks are quick and easy to use, though they will pinch you badly if you aren't careful. The tripod is lightweight and easy to carry around, no matter how far you're hiking.


On the negative side, like all tripods with a center brace, it is impossible to use this tripod close to the ground. Even at its minimum height, sitting with it is difficult because you can't get your legs between the legs of the tripod. Sadly, the tripod is no good for work above 4 feet either, because it is terribly unstable with the center post extended more than a couple of inches.


My biggest complaint about the tripod is the proprietary one-size-fits-all quick release plate. It has a flat rubber top and is only really usable in horizontal aspect. Tipping the camera to the side not only makes it much less stable on the tripod, but the quick release plate is easy to twist. It takes far too much tightening of the plate to keep it firmly attached to the camera body.


This tripod may work for someone who will only occasionally use it for family portraits, but it is a terrible choice for serious photography afield. For outdoor photography, it is worthwhile to save your money to invest in a Gitzo or Manfrotto 'pod with an Arca Swiss quick release equipped ball head.


 






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