APGL5 Model Tripod
APGL5 Model Tripod
Product Overview
The Ravelli APGL5 is a Professional Quality Tripod providing a solid base for
high-end photographic equipment. It is made from Aluminum to create a light
weight and sturdy tripod. The ball head provides smooth adjustments to any angle.
The center column is gearless and the legs can be inverted for low angle shots or
compact storage.
Features
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Head
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Legs
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Quick Release Plate With Safety Locking Button
Professional Detachable Metal Ball Head
Smooth Pan & Tilt Dampened Motion
2 Step Locking Positions, Including inverted
Quick Twist Leg Lock Height Adjustments
Padded Foam Grips On Two Of The Legs To Safely Grab and Transport
Your Tripod
Non-Slip Rubber Feet For a Stable Tripod
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Other
o Compact and Light, Yet Still Supports Cameras Up To 17 LBS
o Height Adjustable Center Column
o Accessory hook
Identifying the parts
Using the Tripod
Initial Set UP
To begin using the tripod, open the carrying bag using the zipper and pull the
tripod out of the protective plastic bag. The tripod is stored in the inverted position.
Invert each leg and adjust the center column.
Height Adjustment
Adjusting the height of the
Ravelli APGL5 Tripod can be done by
simply twisting the rubber knobs
located on the legs, clockwise to lock
or counter-clockwise to unlock. Then
extend the legs down to the desired
height, and relock the rubber knobs.
(Note: When adjusting height, try to
extend the thicker leg segment, as
they are thicker and provide greater
stability.) If after you have fully
extended the legs, you have still not
reached the maximum operating
height, you may adjust the center
column up.
Quick Tip: You can unlock all segments on each leg at once by grabbing them at
the same time and then twisting counter clockwise to unlock. Extend the legs then
lock each knob. To quickly retract the legs when they are extended, unlock each
knob on one leg starting with the thicker portion of the leg, retract the leg then
tighten all knobs with one hand turning clockwise.
The Quick Release Plate
To remove the quick release plate, turn
the quick release knob counter clockwise until it
is fully rotated. Press the silver safety release
button, then gently slide the camera plate out.
To attach the camera to the quick release plate,
hold the camera securely in one hand, and locate
the 1/4” screw on bottom of the camera. Secure
the screw of the quick release plate onto the
camera by turning it clockwise. It is
recommended when mounting the camera onto
the tripod that the camera is parallel with the
Quick Release Plate.
To insert the quick release plate, ascertain that the quick release knob is fully
turned counterclockwise, press in the silver safety button, and slide the release
plate gently into place. Turn the quick release plate knob clockwise until the plate is
secured tightly.
Panning & Tilting
Tilting – To control the resistance of
the tilt, you can rotate the ball head
adjustment knob clockwise for greater
resistance, or counter clockwise for less
resistance. Turn the ball head adjustment
knob until the desired resistance is
achieved. (Note: For portrait shots, there
is a slit on the cylinder of the ball head,
where you can rotate the ball head into to
achieve portrait. For a full 90 degree angle
the Quick Release Plate Knob must be
facing up.)
Panning- For smooth consistent
panning, tighten or loosen the ball head
panning adjustment knob until the right amount of resistance is obtained. Turning
the knob clockwise will tighten the head and make panning slow and firmer.
Turning the knob counter-clockwise to loosen it will make panning fast and easy.
(Note: Finding the right amount of panning resistance will give you smooth and
optimal speed for great captures. We also recommend the use of sand bags or carry
bags attached to the hook, to provide greater stability when panning.)
Inverted Shooting
There are two methods for
inverted shooting. The first
method allows the use of the
locking legs feature. The
second method is quicker and
easier to setup but does not
allow the legs to lock into
positions.
First method- The first
method involves removing the
center column and inverting it
upside down. First, loosen the
center column height
adjustment lock knob. Next,
unscrew the accessory hook on
the bottom of the center
column to remove. Remove the
center column by pulling it up
and out of the center. Next
slide the center column in
upside down, making sure to
align the slit on the center
column with the tab inside the
center column shaft hole. You
may have to rotate the column
until you feel the tab align
properly with the center column indention. Adjust the shaft until the right height is
achieved then retighten the center column height adjustment knob to secure. You
may reattach the accessory hook on the top to prevent loss. Reverse the process to
use the
Second method- For the second method, start by loosening the center
column height adjustment knob and pull the center column up until it is fully
extended, then tighten the knob to secure it in place. Next, invert the legs by
pressing in the grey button leg locks and rotate the legs all the way around to the
opposite angle. Follow these steps for all three legs then turn your tripod upside
down.
How to remove the head of the Tripod
To remove the ball head from the legs, first
ensure the pan adjustment knob is fully
tightened. Next, grasp the ball head with
one hand and the tripod legs with the other
and rotate the ball head counter clockwise to
unscrew it from the legs. To reinstall, simply
attach the ball head by mounting it on the
3/8" screw then rotate it clockwise until it is fully seated on the center column.
Storage
Invert the legs using one of the methods above. Store the tripod in the carry
case provided to protect against damage from the elements.
Applying weight to increase tripod stability
The tripod is designed with a special spring loaded hook located at the
bottom of the center column. By attaching weight on the hook, the stability of the
tripod can be increased for sharper images. The weight can be in the form of a
sandbag, accessory bag, camera bag, etc.
Care & Maintenance
Clean the tripod with a damp cloth.
Leg maintenance: In the event that sand or dirt gets stuck in the tripod, the
leg may become hard to extend and retract. This can be rectified by disassembling
the legs. Twist the rubber knob of the leg that is stuck counterclockwise, until it
detaches from the threads. Be careful as two black tabs may fall out. When done
removing any sand, line tabs with the indentions inside the holes at the end of the
leg, and insert the leg back into the stand.
Notes:
-Each leg is designed with an Allen bolt. If the legs become loose after long term
use, you may adjust the tension on the leg attachment screws/pivot points.
- Always ensure all leg lock knobs, center column knob and ball head knobs
are securely tightened before placing the tripod and camera on a firm
surface.
-There is a tipping risk for fully extended tripods. This can be due to
moving the tripods while fully extended, things such as uneven surfaces or
heavy wind. To reduce the risk of tipping over, we recommend placing one
tripod leg facing the same direction as the camera or the heavy part of
mounted equipment to balance the weight. We also recommend purchasing
sand bags or weights to set on the tripod legs to hold the tripod in place.
Ravelli™ guarantees the tripod only and is not liable for damage caused to
backdrops, cameras, lighting, or any other items
Specifications
Model:
APGL5 Model Tripod
Max Load:
Supports Up To 17 LBS
Panning Angle:
360°
Tilt Angle:
180°, 90° Upward or 90° Downward
Dimensions:
Storage Height: 19” (482 mm)
Collapsed Height: 24.5” (622 mm)
Maximum Height: 65.75” (1660 mm)
Minimum Height: 19" (584mm)(inverted height is 0)
Tripod: 3.8 LBS
Shipping Weight: 6 LBS
1/4”
Weight:
Quick Release Plate
Screw:
Quick Release Plate
Dimensions:
2.1 x 1.3”
Height Leg Locks:
3 Height Adjustment Leg Locks
Feet Materials:
Rubber feet
Unit Materials:
Tripod: 100% High Grade Aluminum
Carrying Case: Nylon
4
Leg Sections
Leg Diameter
(per segment)
Foam Grip Handles
Ball head
1st -.90” (22 mm)
2nd- .78 (19 mm)
3rd – .66” (16 mm)
4th— .55”( 13 mm)
2
1.06” (26 mm)
***Optional ATD Tripod Dolly: To easily maneuver your tripod or stands, we
recommend our universal heavy duty Ravelli ATD Tripod Dolly. The ATD
dolly is an excellent choice for use with your professional background stands,
light stands, and also video and camera tripods. This dolly offers smooth
movement with 3" rubber wheels and metal ball bearings. The Ravelli ATD
also includes a one-step lock on each wheel to securely hold your tripod in
place. The dolly is easily folded and has a carrying handle built in and
includes a protective bag.
© Ravelli™
3/4/13
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