View Full Version : Accessories Velbon Sherpa 600R

Ox Online
11-06-2007, 05:51 PM
Previously the only tripod I have owned was very cheap and falling apart, so I wasn't going to trust it to my new e-500R. Would have loved a Manfrotto or similar, but they were out of my price range. Enter stage right, Velbon.

This is a lightweight tripod/panhead kit and 3 section multi-angle legs. The centre column is removable and reversible and the panhead has a quick release plate. I'm not sure if other heads can be fitted, but the panhead comes off so I assume so (Velbon doesn't seem to make ball heads).

Weight is 2.1kg and it has a working range of 29cm to 162.5 cm which is more than enough height for me when standing. The leg sections are held with clip locks.

I picked it up for A$180 from Camera House in Midland (Perth, WA) - RRP is A$199.

I haven't used a quality tripod before, so I don't have anything better to compare it to. There's no comparing it to my previous budget tripod.

Pros: It feels sturdy and good quality. Nothing rattles or feels loose when it's done up. Comes with a carry case. There's a clip that releases the spring loaded QR retaining lever when the QR plate is attached - it needs to be tightened all the way but it ads some security. The legs move independently making minor adjustments easier. Pan and tilt is smooth with good resistance. I feel very confident leaving my E-500 on and carrying it around fixed to the tripod.

Cons: no spirit level. The head can have a tendency to overbalance when it's not done up tightly enough - seems obvious and not a problem when shooting, but I seem to constantly have to be pulling the camera backing into position after moving it. But I consider these only minor issues. Only comes with a pan head (can't get one with a ball head).

I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a tripod in this price-range.

Don Kondra
05-25-2008, 05:43 PM

B & H Photo in the states has a selection of Velbon heads.... I just posted a review here -


The Velbon site - http://www.velbon-tripod.com/

B & H - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/

Cheers, Don