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Old Jun 13, 2010, 3:56 PM   #1
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I picked up a used tripod at a garage sale yesterday - $3.00. It seems to be made of aluminium, very sturdy, 3 section legs, and what I like about it is the center post that holds the panhead rotates down to horizontal. It also has a secondary camera plate. It does not have a removable camera plate on the panhead, however, so it must be of an older vintage. The only identification I can find on it is "Made in Japan". I am posting some pictures of it, maybe someone can identify the maker?

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Jim,
At first glance it looks a lot like my old Velbon but, mine doesn't have tilting center stand like yours. Looks like you got a deal though! There have been times when I wish I had that capability on mine. I don't have mine here right now, it's at work so, I can't compare but, it does resemble the Velbon style.
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Doing a little checking online, I believe its a Velbon VS-3
Nice find for $3.
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Old Jun 13, 2010, 6:20 PM   #4
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Thanks GW, I went to their site and found it to be the VS-3. They started making these in 1958. It looks like they had a Velbon sticker on one of the legs, which on mine is missing. Interesting enough my wife found me a Velbon Victory 551 with a PH-656Q panhead a few weeks ago for the same price - $3.00.
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Nice going, Jim. Amazing what you can find sometimes!
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Came across Jim's other post on this one in the Tripod forum today. I remembered GW's post and thinking at the time that the tripod looked familiar, but the Velbon ID didn't ring a bell. Better late than never - I have the identical tripod which I just dug out of a cabinet today while looking for another tripod I misplaced - it is marked Goldcrest on the head, and 993LS around the crank. If Goldcrest was just an importer/marketer, these may have been sold under more than one name.
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