Velbon Videomate 438 Aluminum Tripod

Model #VIDEOMATE 438/F

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Packaging Info

Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 24.0 x 4.55 x 4.45"
Package Weight 3.55 lb


Head Attachment Fitting Not specified by manufacturer
Leg Stages/Sections 3
Leg Lock Type Flip lock
Spiked/Retractable Feet Not specified by manufacturer
Center Brace Yes
Independent Leg Spread No
Center Column Geared
Material Aluminum


Pan Lock Yes
Quick Release/Wedge Plate Yes, QB-4L quick-release included
Tilt Range Not specified by manufacturer
Tilt Lock yes
Pan Range 360°


Load Capacity Maximum: 4.41 lb / 2.0 kg Recommended: 2.2 lb / 1.0 kg
Weight 2.71 lb / 1.23 kg
Leveling Bubble/Illuminated Not specified by manufacturer
Folded Length 23.23" / 59 cm
Minimum Height 1.77' / 0.54
Maximum Height With Column Extended: 5.03' / 1.53 m Without Column Extended: 4.15' / 1.26
User Reviews
B h photo.34921152
11 July 2018

I chose this while looking for a light tripod. Being cheap, I wasn't expecting a lot, so I am not terribly disappointed.The good: it's really light, and it folds small.The bad: panning is almost impossible because the head is not really fluid... it's way too stiff.

B h photo.34921152
8 December 2017

It is wonderfully light in weight, a real plus for travel, and is easy to carry around on a shoot. It is just right for a small consumer camcorder such as my Canon Vixia. The legs are a snap to extend and retract in run 'n' gun situations.

B h photo.34921152
19 December 2016

This is a terrific little tripod for times when you are just wandering around with a small camera. Quick setup and take-down. Lightweight to move around and shoot with. Light enough to keep it attached while you shoot hand-held, or use as a stabilizer / brace. Great value.

B h photo.34921152
11 May 2017

The tripod is very smooth and sturdy enough for most situations. It is very lightweight which is a good and bad thing. It's so light that you need to keep one hand on the stand while using the other to point the camera.

B h photo.34921152
28 January 2015

It does the job for a lightweight tri-pod for a DSLR. But I don't think it's sturdy enough for a larger camera. I was surprised it didn't have a leveling knob at the bottom of the center shaft. Apparently you are supposed to level the tri-pod by adjusting the legs. Hard to do without assistance.

B h photo.34921152
3 January 2016

I expected to hundreds for a smooth motion tripod, but the Videomate 438 Aluminum Tripod suprised me with it's smooth motion. It's a great tripod, especially for lightweight cameras.

B h photo.34921152
13 August 2014

I use this when I am moving around a lot and shooting on a small video camera (Canon XA-10). This tripod is great because it is so light and (for the money) functional. It is fairly quick to set up. It also works great hand-held (giving extra stability by bracing with your body and or both arms).

B h photo.34921152
9 August 2014

I've owned this for a couple days now. It works great with just my T3i and a Rode Mic Pro. Haven't tried anything heavier yet. One thing I don't love about it is the amount of resistance for panning is more than you get when tilting when they're both totally loose.

B h photo.34921152
19 February 2014

I use this with my Canon SX 50, Nikon P500 and Sony Hx 300. It works fine with these lightweight cameras, probably not so much with a DSLR. I have no use of my left arm. This quick release head is the only that I have found that can be operated with one hand.

B h photo.34921152
20 December 2013

very light , portable

Product Highlights
  • 2.71 lb Aluminum Tripod
  • Fluid Pan and Tilt Head
  • Maximum Height of 5.03'
  • Maximum Load Capacity of 4.41 lb
  • Folded Length of 23.23"
  • Includes Carry Bag
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