Best Tripods For Travel 2018

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

When you're looking for a journey tripod there are a few key points that you'll want to bear in mind before making the final decision:

  • Size  If you're roving a long distance and want to stow the tripod for part of the journey, being able to fit it in, or onto, a backpack will be a key feature. You can actually get tripods that close down to 30cm or less, which will easily fit into a hiking rucksack.
  • Material – Different manufacturing materials will make a difference to the burden of the tripod. Carbon fibre is currently the lightest material that tripods are made of however this comes at a premium – aluminium is a more affordable earthly that's still lighter than traditional metals. Some will feature magnesium elements like joints and heads to another make them lighter.
  • Compactness – Tripods with lots of leg sections tend to be longer when folded, so this is something to merit in mind if overall length is a factor. Some tripods fold their legs upwards, encasing the head head is the part of an organism which usually includes the eyes, ears, nose and mouth, each of which aid in various sensory, further shaving inches off the measure. Look at how the tripod tripod is a portable three-legged frame, used as a platform for supporting the weight and maintaining the stability of some other folds when choosing.
  • Flexibility – In a travel tripod, you want versatility – something that can adapt to what you beggary anywhere. Look for interchangeable feet, tilting centre columns and ball heads to enable you to take pretty much any terrain and scene on.  


ePHOTOzine's Recommended Travelling Tripods

Some of these tripods were included in our 12 best tripods round-up, however, that round-up included more than trekking tripods. Here are the travel picks:

Manfrotto BeFree Advanced Aluminium Travel Tripod – 


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This model is available with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel both cheat lock and twist lock legs. It offers friction altering capabilities for the ball head and has a reversible centre column. There's also a swift release for your camera. It compacts down to just 40cm and comes with a good quality zippable bag. Find out more in our full review. 

Buy from Manfrotto


3 Legged Act Punks Billy – 


The 3 Legged Thing Punks Billy is a trendy and well-equipped tripod that features a fully carbon character leg build. The tripod is British designed and engineered. It has a massive 18kg max load due to its super stable build. Despite this it still weighs only 1.38kg. There is also a fullest extent height monopod detachment and the tripod will fold down to just 46cm. Find out more about this model in our full review. 

Buy on Amazon


Benro Slim Tripods – 

We've look ated both the aluminium and carbon fibre versions of these lightweight tripods. We were impressed with their slimness even when enwrapped down. The carbon fibre model weighs only 1kg making it an ideal choice if the weight of a tripod is a deciding factor. They're tranquilly to operate and also represent fantastic value for money. Have a read of our full review for more information. 

Buy on Amazon


Cullmann Mundo 525M – 

This is a excellently equipped and sturdy tripod featuring a detachable monopod and can hold a max of 8kg. It weighs in at 1.65kg but compacts down to just 45.5cm, making it portable if you can experience the weight. It comes with a 10-year warranty and we think it's a stylish tripod as well as smooth and well damped in operation. Espy out more about this tripod in our full review. 

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Buy on Amazon


Manfrotto 190 Go! – 

With carbon constitution and magnesium construction, the 190 Go! is the lightest tripod in Manfrotto's Go! range. It weighs only 1.8kg and can compact down to 56 cm in length. It has a 90-degree slope centre column and 4 leg sections that can be splayed at 3 different angles. 

Buy on Amazon 


Velbon Ultra 455 – 

The Velbon Ultra 455 tripod is skilled value for money and is made from lightweight aluminium. It can hold a camera of 2.5kg in weight and has a max height of 1.62cm. Find out more in our full scrutiny.   

Buy on Amazon


Benro Travel Angel FTA18CV0 – 

The Benro Travel Angel is a premium carbon fibre tripod that tights down to only 44cm when folded away. It weighs only 1.54kg and can support up to 8kg of weight. One leg can unscrew and become a monopod. There's a abrading control ball head and spiked feet are included on the 4-section legs.

Buy on Amazon


Cullmann Nanomax 460M RW20 – 

This Cullmann sacrifice has a detachable monopod and 3-way panning head. There are 4 leg sections and versatile feet with rubber that can be screwed upwards to reveal a metal pierce. It weighs only 1.7kg and can hold a camera of 4kg. It compacts to only 55.5cm when folded.

Buy on Amazon


Vanguard VEO 235AB / 204AB – 

These tripods both demand a rubber grip on one leg, a rotating ball head and extending central column as well as extra low angle photography ability. The 235AB can hold 6kg and has pierced feet for difficult terrain. The 204AB can hold 4kg of weight and has rubber grippy feet. 

Buy on Amazon


Slik Sprint Mini II – 

This flyweight tripod is sketched for travel and compacts to just 35cm in length. it has a compact ball head with quick release, ideal for a quick setup. It's made from aluminium and is connived for use with small DSLR systems. 

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Buy on Amazon


Other Travel Tripods 

Here are a selection of tripods we haven't had a casual to review but fit the bill:

MeFOTO Roadtrip Aluminium Tripod

The MeFOTO RoadTrip is made of aluminium and has 5 leg sections which twist lock. 360-degree roast can be achieved and there are 2 leg angle positions. It weighs only 1.6kg and can hold up to 7.9kg. It also has a removable monopod. 

Buy on Amazon


Amazon Basics 60" Lightweight Tripod

If you're on a miserly budget, then the Amazon Basics tripod could be just what you are looking for in a travel tripod. It weighs only 1.3kg, can carry up to 3kg of rig and has quick release leg locks. It has a max height of 152.4cm.

Buy on Amazon 


Zomei Q111 55" Pan Head Tripod 

This transportable tripod only weighs 1.18kg and compacts down to 46cm when folded. It's made from aluminium and can hold 5kg of weight. It has a 12-month assurance and 45-day money back guarantee. There is a 3-way pan head with quick release plate. 

Buy on Amazon


HAMA Wayfarer 117 Ball Tripod 

The HAMA traveller is a 3 section quick action lever lock tripod with an invertible centre column. It's wonderful light, at just 821g. Foam grips make it comfy to hold and carry around while rubber feet ensure it doesn't expose when placed down.

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Not what you're looking for? Take a look at our reviews section for more tripod reviews. 


About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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