I always like to take my camera with me when I'm on holiday, or out and about hiking and walking with the dogs. In truth, I suppose I'm a bit of a camera buff and like to try and get some good shots, especially wildlife. To get these sorts of shots close in to wildlife, you first need some sort of remote control (got that for my Nikon D80), and a steady base to put your camera on to get it pointing in the right place. This is where a tripod comes in very handy, and this Velbon CX Mini fits in to that category perfectly for me. £25 from Amazon and it was mine.
The first good point about this tripod is that it is compact when folded, measuring 30cm tall and weighing in at just over 750 grammes. So it is small enough and light enough to carry in a rucksack, making it ideal for my needs. As a little bit of extra protection and a little more versatility, its also comes with its own carry case with a shoulder strap. So you can sling it over your shoulder to carry it that way if required.
Extended out it goes to 64 cm max, which basically means that it is a mini version of a full size tripod. The leg sections are all aluminium, making it quite tough and able to take a few knocks. Each of the legs are fully adjustable via 2 sections with grip locks, and braced around the middle, allowing you to set your camera level on the most uneven of grounds. The centre section is also height adjustable, and the head itself is adjustable in pivot and tilt through 3 ways via a simple locking long handle at the back. Your camera is fitted to the head of the tripod via a quick release connector.
In use, it is very quick to set up, and then once positioned, it is very stable, aided in holding its position via the rubber feet on the ends of the legs. I've used my Nikon D80 on it with no problems and no worries about it collapsing at the wrong moment.
Overall, the build quality is really good. When you go to set it up, it feels solid in your hands, and as you pull the legs out, they feel like a close fit sliding together between the locks. At full extension, the legs are braced and it doesn't feel like it will easily twist around or be flimsy.
In summary, whilst this isn't a full size tripod, it is still incredibly versatile, and I find that I use this more than my full size version. Well made, fully adjustable and as a bonus, comes with its own carry case and shoulder strap - all for £25, you can't go wrong with this. A must for your camera kit and highly recommended.
I got this before a trip to Australia last Christmas as I didn't really relish the thought of taking my full size tripod all that way and then having to lug it around the various places we visited.
I have been very impressed with just how capable and versatile this is. Despite only having a maximum height of 64cm it is well suited to most shots while out and about. The only time I wanted more height was for the family group shots at Christmas dinner but this was solved quite simply by putting it on a table.
Since I got it I've made a couple of adjustments by adding a carabiner clip to the the central shaft which makes it a doddle to attach to my camera bag and being nice and light it's very portable.
With aluminium construction with plastic quick release clips for extending and then locking the rubber tipped legs it can hold a fair amount of weight confortably and even fully extended on the centre pole it feels sturdy with a full frame camera body and a largish zoom. The multi angle head is a real surprise in how strong it is, I thought initially it would be the weak link in an otherwise good set-up but it performs as it should and allows easy adjustment in all directions, so once the tripod is firmly planted you can swing the camera around without having to bother about the tripod shifting about.
Brilliant for the photographer on the go.
Whilst out looking for a tripod for my camcorder , I found this. The Velbon CX Mini tri-pod. A small compact tri pod that is easily made bigger and easily compacted back down into its tiny size. It cost me £15 from my local camera shop. Bargain!
The tri pod has three legs which are all black aluminium with plastic clips for easy adjustment. I think all black looks great. Black goes with every thing! There is just one silver looking screw in the top but this is normally covered by the camera!
The camera or camcorder you want to use just screws on to the top screw if it has the right thread , you set the height and then you are ready to go! To use you simply flip the clips with a small amount of effort. Repeat on each leg and section till you have your desired height. Quick and simple!
To change the angle of the camera you can simply use the handle. This moves the camera or camcorder slowly and steadily. This is great for filming because you do not get any wobble in your footage so you can get some great shots! It can also be left by itself filming and it will not move.
Overall , a great little tripod that is easily transported and easily put up and down! I great buy for any one who wants to get good footage and photos but does not want to carry a 5ft tripod around and is on a budget.Would definatley recommend to a friend.
When looking for a tripod I was recording some of my younger brothers shows that he use to do at his afterschool classes and I always found that where ever the sound/lighting guy sat (which always seemed to be center of the room) was perfect to set up my video camera, before the tripod I would balance it on some books and just leave it to record without it getting in the sound/lighting guys way.
I decided it was time to get something a little sturdier and also I wanted to look like I could afford a tripod, the bigger full-size ones that have a lot more height seemed to be a little bit too big and considering I only really need a stand for these shows and not for everyday life I figured a big one would be a waste.
The Velbon CX Mini was an unfamiliar one to my ears and figured that a stand is a stand; its main function is to hold your video camera or still camera in one position so you can get those good shots.
This one is all black in colour and made primarily of aluminum with the three legs connected to a support pole in the middle that the legs slide up and down on for when they open out or close up, the top is a swivel top where you would place your camera and secure it on with a direction lever controlling how far left, right, up or down you want the angle of your camera, the heights this tripod can reach are 22cm to 64 cm, that's about 9 inches to 25 inches, and the weight can hold up to 1000g (1kg), so theirs not that much height but can hold a fair bit of weight, it's enough for what I wanted it for.
These sorts of tripods are really for shooting wildlife, like flowers or the watching of animals in their natural habitat (maybe they could add "recording shows from on the sound/lighting desk, but now I'm diverting).
To use the tripod all you do is release the legs by flipping the clips (which are pretty strong and resilient), there are two release clips so after you have released the first one and it's still too short then repeat the process on the second clip just below so you can add more height if the first release isn't high enough, like I mentioned before the head of the tripod (where your camera would be) can move left and right as well as tilting up and down, but you also have the maneuverability to tilt it side to side so the camera is completely on its side (still camera's usually use this feature), and there is no need to worry if you are on a slightly tilted surface because each of the three legs are capped with rubber on the end for extra support for such an incident.
When everything is in place and secure it feels very safe and sturdy, as if the whole thing (including your camera) is one unit.
Being a very lightweight tripod means that transporting it from place to place is done with absolute ease, and also you are provided with a zip up bag and strap, you haven't even got to worry about purchasing a carrying case,
You can buy the Velbon CX Mini from:
Warehouse Express £25.92
So the price can vary depending on where you go, but it is worth the purchase if it is going to be useful for you, just remember its not a full size tripod.
I have had this a while now and is till going strong, yes I know it's just an tripod but you never know with stands, especially if its been constructed with questionable material.
I use one of these handy tripods for college work, and it's been an absolute god send for those simple tasks when you need to quicky shoot on location then get away again. If you are looking for something which is easy to carry, easy to use, easy to store and bascially has easy written all over it, then the Velbon CX Mini is what you need.
Despite the use of the word mini, I still found it useful enough for what I was doing. Obviously if you are doing huge shots which require more height, it's one to avoid.
It's light too, not bulcky either like my larger tripod, so it's easy to transport, I was carrying it with 2 fingers!
The grip of it when on a dry surface was normal, however on a wet surface i did at one point have to reajust the position, however it was nothing serious.
Overall, 4 out of 5 stars for me, decent product.
In the hobby part of my photography, I particularly like to take close up pictures of flowers, and also still life images. For this reason, I wanted a mini tripod, and my husband bought me the Velbon CX.
**What is it?**
As the name suggests, this is a smaller version of a tripod, intended for use either close to the ground (eg for photographing flowers, insects etc) or on a table in a studio. I have used it for both.
(Taken from the Velbon website)
Maximum Height: 64cm
Folded Height: 30cm
Minimum Height: 22cm
Diameter of Leg: 20mm
Leg Sections: 3
I'm not sure why they put the last specification in, as, if it didn't have 3 legs, it wouldn't be a tripod! Edited to say that I think they mean each leg is in 3 telescopic sections (my brain wasn't in gear when I wrote this!).
For the metrically challenged, that means that, folded, it is about a foot long; the height can be adjusted from around 8.5 inches to 25 inches, and it weighs around one and three-quarter pounds. The diameter of the outer part of the legs is about three-quarters of an inch.
**Using the tripod**
The legs are extended in two stages by releasing clips and sliding out the telescopic part of the leg. Be warned, these clips are vicious, and I've spilt the blood to prove it! The centre pole is also height adjustable, and the head is adjustable in three dimensions: rotation around the stem; tilting sideways (so that you can use the camera in portrait, or upright, format); and tilting up and down, which is done by means of the 'handle': you rotate the end (like a motorbike twist grip) to free it, swing the head into position, and rotate the end again to lock it. The camera is fixed to the head by opening a clip, sliding the camera in and releasing the clip to secure it. The various tilts and raising/lowering of the central column are accessed by means of large screw-type devices.
This is a very lightweight tripod. I haven't been able to find out what it's made of, but the main tripod part is metal and all fixings including the head are plastic. The locking clips for the legs are, as I've mentioned, very robust - I imagine they'll last for ever. The head is very simple. Unlike a lot of tripods, the camera does not screw to it, but simply slides in. As far as I can see, the head is fixed, so you wouldn't be able to replace it with a universal or other head, but given the intended uses of this tripod, you probably wouldn't want to. The overall feel is of quite a sturdy tripod, considering its weight (and having carried video camera tripods across fields, I thank heaven for that!).
The suppliers do not suggest a maximum weight of camera for this tripod, but my camera weighs around 500g (just over a pound), and feels very secure on it. The Jessops website suggests that it is suitable for compacts, SLRs and smaller camcorders.
The tripod comes in its own carry bag, with a shoulder strap and zip fastening. The cost at Jessops is around £26, although I have seen it online for between £20 and £36, so it's worth shopping around. Mine was bought from an independent retailer, and I think it cost around £24.
This is never going to replace a traditional tripod, being only around 2 feet at its maximum height, but I have found it extremely useful for flower photography and still life. Another use I have found is that when I go out and about with the camera and don't want to carry a full size tripod, which can be surprisingly heavy, I take this one and perch it on any raised area that I can find, such as a rock or wide wall), to take general photos. If you're looking for a small, lightweight tripod that will fit in a backpack or can be carried in its own bag, I would recommend this one.