My Velbon V-pod tripod arrived today. The reason for the delay was the supplier had addressed it to my next door neighbour, doh! First impressions are good. It’s amazingly lightweight but feels quite sturdy. Weight is 279g (vs. advertised 260g on the packing and 275g on the web site) and the nylon carry case is 11g. My Velbon VTP-815 tripod weighs 537g, so there’s a decent weight saving of nearly 250g.
The head is a ball and socket, which is slightly better for static photos as it can be adjusted to any angle to compensate for uneven ground. On the VTP-815, the head has tilt and pan. It also feels slightly more stable as it has a central shaft with fold out legs. I am really pleased with it and at £17.25 inc. P&P, it’s a bargain. I’ve seen it elsewhere for £32.95.
Thank you Hendrik for alerting me to this little beauty. No longer will I agonize about taking a tripod with me! I’ll take some photos of it at the weekend and compare it to the VTP-815. Here’s the publicity photo without the legs extended.