Product Type: Velbon tripods
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A very useful addition to your camera bag
Velbon CX Mini
Member Name: katew
Velbon CX Mini
Date: 15/05/09, updated on 26/07/09 (766 review reads)
Advantages: Lightweight and easily portable; sturdily built for its size
Disadvantages: Not suitable for a camera with a very heavy lens on
**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.
Summary: I'm very happy with it.
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