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Velbon Ultra Rexi L Travel Tripod

by Velbon

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  • Compact ultra lightweight travel tripod
  • Detachable 2 section centre column - Ideal for low angle photography, especially macro
  • Strong TSS (Trunnion Shaft System) leg design
  • High quality 5-section aluminium legs - Hard wearing and extremely stable in all shooting environments
  • Includes Soft Pouch Case

Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 cm ; 1.3 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Item model number: Rexi L
  • ASIN: B003N3VLU4
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 18 Oct. 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

Product Description

Product Description

Pushing the boundaries of technology, the REXi L delivers a professional-quality tripod that is ultra compact when folded but provides a full-size extended height and professional load bearing capacity whilst remaining ultra lightweight through its magnesium alloy collar construction.

The REXi L incorporates Velbon’s Patented Trunnion legs (5 sections) to create a tripod just 36cm long when folded, extending by 4.25 times its size, to an extended height of 153cm. Its solid construction and 30mm top leg sections give outstanding support with a professional recommended load capacity of 4Kg, whilst using magnesium alloy components to keep weight down to just 1.3Kg, comparable to many carbon fibre tripods with a similar Maximum height.

The REXi L also has multi-angle legs so it is especially useful for macro photography, or for use on uneven surfaces when walking or travelling. The splittable, reversible centre column with quick-lock lever will accept any tripod head with 1/4” or 3/8” thread so you can make your own perfect combination.

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Velbon Ultra Rexi L Tripod

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Bendigeidfran on 10 May 2011
In my case photo gear has an unfortunate tendency of multiplying at an alarming and bank account bruising rate. At first glance the Velbon Ultra Rex-i L seemed a bit expensive for a highly portable travel tripod. However, and this depends on how serious you are about getting sharp images, It holds a Full frame DSLR and medium telephoto lens comfortably and, for me, represents excellent value for a sturdy all round DSLR support.. I already own a wonderful Feisol tournament CF tripod but for holidays abroad I needed something compact yet sturdy. This is where the Rex-i comes into its own. Collapsed it stands at a mere 36cm with a very respectable working height of 153cm. When I first read that it had five sections I was concerned that the lower sections would be flimsy and unable to support the load. However the 30mm magnesium alloy tubing, finished in black, holds a few surprises. Each section fully retracts into the next resulting in the compact stature. There are only two twist locks to each leg which work with friction collars and are very easy in use. The tripod is lightweight for a non- carbon fiber offering - 1.3Kg and the removeable and splitable centre column will prove useful to those who like to get down low. In conclusion:
Pros:
Sturdy, quick in use, excellent working heights, great bag and small tool kit, fit for purpose as a travel tripod and as a general backup tripod, cheaper than the competition at this level of manufacture

Cons:
No hook on the centre column, legs were initially (first 1-10 openings) a bit stiff, no spikes, no cold weather skin protecting padding on any of the legs. To be fair to Velbon, such features are not perhaps the norm at this price point.

Very highly recommended.
Alun
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Madmark on 23 Feb. 2013
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I've used tripods from the likes of Giottos and Manfrotto and numerous other brands over the years so I decided on the specification I wanted rather than just looking at a single brand. I did quite a lot of research into finding the right type of tripod for my usage.

For me these are the main reason I chose this tripod...

The max weight capacity of 4kg, I use a 5D MkII often with a 70-200mm L lens this really racks the weight up so the max weight capacity gives me piece of mind.

The minimum height of around 10cm (without a head) so it can be used for tabletop Macro work and still remain versatile. I use it with the Velbon PH-157Q head so it can be used quite comfortably.

Price, I set myself a tight budget of £130 or less for tripod and Head - easily achievable with this tripod and the PH-157Q head.

Quality, the quality of the product had to give me piece of mind. You don't want to put an expensive camera on a tripod only to have the tripod fail and risk damaging the camera / lens!

Although this tripod is billed as a travel tripod it is extremely versatile and solidly built with high quality components. Highly recommended.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ferrett40 on 30 Dec. 2011
Needing a "shorter" closed length of tripod, for easy packing when flying, research pointed me to the Velbon Ultra REXi L It would appear to be the only 300mm long one available. With this in mind, I was rather sceptical about its rigidity when fully extended. I ordered on the 28th December, and was stunned when it arrived the next day! There should be no need to use the (detachable) centre column, as with the head and camera fitted, it is "eye level" I have tried this with an EOS 5d Mk 2 and 24-105mm lens. It is as rigid as any other tripod previously used. The build quality cannot be beaten, it really is a first class product, and an excellent price too.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By carlp778 on 12 Oct. 2011
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This a great little tripod. It packs down incrediblely small and yet, unlike other tripods of its size, it is amazingly sturdy when fully extended. Admittedly it doesn't go to a great height but not bad for something so small and convenient. Being a pro photographer I don't take this on every shoot but it does come in very handy when wanting to travel light.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Derek T on 3 Jan. 2012
In answer to Michael Watt's query, the small grub screws are to lock the tripod head in position. There are two threaded holes in the circular top plate of the tripod and an Alan key is provided. (There were no operating instructions with my tripod, either.)

Like MikeH, I bought the tripod for general use as my Manfroto 190 is too big to attach to my rucksack.

So far, very pleased with it.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By MikeH on 20 May 2011
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I have just received this tripod and even in the few hours I have had it I am very impressed. I have Manfrotto 190XProB and for those times I want to wander with no specific photo project, I wanted one that was potentially lighter, collapsed shorter and was not too flimsy in the bottom leg section (a common problem with 4- or 5-section legs). I have looked a long time and been quite unimpressed at the options. Then I saw a review of this product on ePhotozine and it seemed to fit the bil.
When collapsed it is about 2/3 the length of the Manfrotto so fits better on my camera backpack - if too big they tend to start swinging as you walk which can get uncomfortable. But surprisingly, when fully extended it is about 4" higher than the Manfrotto (most compact tripods are significantly shorter)! Because the legs are 30mm aluminium the whole thing is a bit bulkier in cross-section but not inconveniently so.
But the weight difference is significant. I have a Manfrotto medium ball head which is a chunky piece of kit and fitting that to the Velbon (collapsed) it is the same length and the same weight as the Manfrotto without it.
And to top it all, it is amazingly sturdy even with a Canon 7D/100-400L zoom on it (about the heaviest combo I own) - in fact I would say it is a tad more solid than the Manfrotto! This really is win all round.

There are two small downsides I can see at the moment. Firstly, if out on short jaunts I like to fit a carrying strap and have it slung over my shoulder because it is easier to get at than detaching from a backpack. Unfortunately there is not an eye near the head of the tripod to hook a strap to, but I guess I can find something to fit round the head.
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