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| p.1 #4 · Thoughts on the Velbon 730? |
I have found this Velbon to be the toughest tripod I've ever used - and I've got nine or ten other tripods on the shelf, all large and mostly expensive ones. This Velbon had held up a lot better than my $800 Gitzos that keep falling apart. The only issue I've had is that the metal spiked feet don't really work well - it needs a dedicated set that are longer (I now have 3" spiked on my new RRS tripod, which I've not had long enough to tell if it will fall apart like the Gitzos or not - I'm hopeful not). I've tried to recommend the Velbon to others but have not seen it available anywhere lately. One last point in favor of the Velbon - the legs are thicker and it just seems to feel better in the hand and easier to setup as a result.