Velbon T-3500 Tripods

Velbon T-3500 Tripods 

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 16, 2010]
Tj
Casual

Strength:

Nice design concept yet cheap materials used.

Weakness:

TOO light! No tripod should be that anorexic! Too tippy. Put sand bags on it. Not the ones from a hot air balloon *lol*

To the poster who said the tripod is way too light and will shake if the slightest breeze blows thru. That's easy to remedy. Just attach three 5 ounce size drawstring pouches filled will sand to weight down and stabalize the tripod. Attach to the three horizontal stabalizer arrms that go from the tripod legs to the center column. Be careful though as the stabalizers arms are none other than plastic! Although the design concept is nice, the thing is made from cheap plastic. Had they implemented more weighty or metal parts to the design, consumers likely would have given the thing rave reviews where their photographic needs are concerned. I just bought the Velbon T-3500 (in great shape and nothing defective) at our local thrift store for one dollar. Odds are someone donated the thing because it is way too light! I took one look and thought....yep, drawstring sandbag pouches. You can buy 5 ounce pouches online or check with JoAnn Fabric if you choose to make your own. Add plastic bungee style hooks to pouches. Hope this helped.

PS-I have one question: since there is no threaded hole to attach a 35 mm camera, can one be adapted onto the tripod? I realize it's meant for a video cam but my thing is 35mm slr photography. Any feedback welcome. softtide@hotmail.com Plz put Velbon T-3500 in the subject field. Thank you.

Customer Service

ha!

Similar Products Used:

C-clamp, duct tape, my foot *lol* kidding

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
5
[Nov 16, 2008]
Tom Arcand
Expert

Strength:

Cheap, lightweight.

Weakness:

Other than weight, this tripod is weak in every area a tripod can be.

This tripod is useful for indoor photography only. Even the smallest breeze outdoors will make your camera shake. It is very light weight. Not very stable. Making adjustments is a challenge as the head swivel controls are cheaply made and poorly designed. Overall, not recommended.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
2
[May 30, 2000]
Arlen Nydam
Intermediate
Model Reviewed: T-3500

Strength:

Inexpensive, light, quick-release mount feature.

Weakness:

Unstable (in windy conditions), fragile, difficult to achieve
precision in positioning.

This tripod has been good to me, overall, for the six years I've owned it. I think it was around $20 in 1994. The pins that hold the supports from the legs to the center column are plastic, and two of them are broken on mine. The head has a handy quick-release lever, making it very easy to mount/unmount the camera. The head swivels horizontally and tilts vertically, as well as flips sideways for portrait-orientation shooting.
Luck is a major factor in achieving precision control of this part of the tripod, though, as the operation is very stiff. In strong winds I fear the tripod will be blown over, even when the legs are at their widest stance--very light tripod. But it works for most occasions. Not for the heavy-handed photographer, the hiking, adventuresome photographer, or for anyone who needs the ability to quickly recompose a tripod shot. Okay for indoor shots of family, night shots of buildings, etc. . . . things that won't go away.

Customer Service

I have heard they are very helpful, but I haven't bothered
contacting them; I will likely replace the tripod before I will repair it.

Similar Products Used:

None

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
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