The best travel tripods

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When you purchase a camera, the next essential thing you buy to complement it should be a tripod. It is extremely useful equipment that supplements your shooting and is perhaps the most beneficial tool in any photographer’s arsenal.

So it is necessary to think wisely before buying a tripod. You should buy that tripod that suits your camera perfectly, that is why before making the purchase look at the specifications carefully.

Now if you are planning to travel you cannot go with just any tripod. Every tripod is different and is built for a specific use. So what kind of tripod should you purchase for your travels becomes a difficult choice.

As different photographers have different needs so each photographer will look for certain travel tripod that will appeal to them and fulfill their needs.

For example, those who want to carry out Mirrorless shoot and are looking for something portable yet inexpensive should go for a Manfrotto BeFree.

Thus, tripod selection becomes confusing and you can easily make a wrong choice; therefore we have made a list of 6 of the best traveling tripods, together with their specifications and what they do best!



Mark my words, you will find your perfect tripod on this list as there definitely is a travel tripod out there that suit the needs of anyone and everyone.

Benro TSL08CN00 Slim Carbon-Fiber Tripod

When Benro announced its Slim TSL08CN00 I couldn’t be more excited because I knew it would turn out to be the best lightweight Carbon Fiber tripod in the market. As the name suggests this kit has a slim profile shoulder which allows for the tripod legs to b0 folded more compactly.

It is ultra-light as it weighs 2.2 lbs. only yet it can carry a maximum load of 8.8 lbs. making it ideal for both compact DSLRs and mirrorless cameras.

Benro TSL08CN00

Let’s have a closer looks at what it offers:

Features:

The Slim tripod by Benro feature legs that have been made with anodized aluminum twist locks which require only half a turn to unlock and lock and is also very fast.

It also sports a grooved center column which prevents twisting and also enables it to be reversed so that you can capture low angled ground shots.

There is also a weight hook which is located right underneath the center column that enables it to be used in windy conditions.

Then this tripod also features rubber feet which are fixed and also comprises of a lightweight magnesium shoulder having 3 leg positions. The good news is that each leg can be placed individually to provide support on uneven terrain.

Then the staying level has been made easier due to included bubble levels on the quick release clamp and on the tripod shoulder.

Benro TSL08CN00 head

While it itself weighs only 1.01 kg it has a maximum capacity of carrying 4 kg. It is so compact that this beauty with Maximum Height of 57.6 in/146.3 cm can be folded to get a Minimum Height of 15.7 in/40 cm.

It also consists of an efficient Twist leg lock mechanism which makes even more travel-friendly

The best thing about Benro Slim is that it is remarkably easy to use. You can set it up with all its three legs extended with the camera ready on top within 30 seconds.

Not only is it quick to set up and use but it is equally functional. The camera feels secure and stable, even when the settings are uneven. So basically now you can even set up your camera on this tripod in a creek bed.



Not only is it light, but it is also rigid and sturdy. The manufacturers have not comprised on quality for portability that is why the joints on the three legs are strong and solid and can last longer.

You will be able to get this tripod by Benro into any angle you want and there will be no shot that you can’t capture.

Everything becomes possible with this exceptional piece of equipment. It opens up new vistas and horizons for you and now you will no longer hate carrying it with you. You wouldn’t even feel the difference in your baggage.

What makes this Benro really special is its size and weight. They add versatility to it as lightweight and compactness enables you to carry it with you my everywhere. It can fit in any bag be it a backpack or even your camera bag If it is deep enough.

The best things about it:

– The Slim profile shoulder which allows tripod legs to be folded in a more compact way.

– It comes with Anodized aluminum twist locks which just require a quick turn halfway to lock and unlock.

– It features a quick release plate made of anodized aluminum and is Arca-Swiss style

– The lightweight magnesium shoulder

– 3 leg positions

– Single action ball head which can be removed

– Easy to operate

– Panoramic scale.

Who should go for the Benro TSL08CN00 Slim Carbon-Fiber Tripod?

For all those who are averse in using tripods just because they don’t want to be weighed down, then Benro TSL08CN00 tripod will change their mind. It is for all those who want a branded tripod with impeccable quality and design which is priced reasonably.

Summing it up, you can carry this tripod anywhere you go and won’t feel its weight. It is lighter than a bag of groceries and is excellent for traveling that is why I ensured that you get to know about it.

It is so compact that there is always room for it. It is my belief that this tripod by Benro will soon become very famous as its features justify it.

One word that describes this tripod is Perfect as this small and lightweight tripod has is built with quality that is sure to last.

ZoMei Z818 65 Inch Heavy Duty Tripod

Do you want to know why this amazing tripod is a screaming deal? Well let me tell you, it is one of the most affordable tripods with loads of features and a solid built.

You will not find any other travel tripods with these many useful features within the same price. Therefore, it features justifies it to be the most popular and sought after tripod in the market

ZoMei Z818

Let’s have a closer looks at what it offers:

Features:

When you look at this beauty, all that you can see is an array of features. From flexibility to the convenience it has it all. It sports a three-leg angle position which enables it to be used anywhere, even on irregular surface areas.

Then it also boasts a Column hook which has been added to provide maximum stability. Secondly, it is also easy to adjust, as it has a separate head and pan lock

The best thing about this beauty is that multifunctional. It is a 2-in-1 tripod which has the ability to be turned into a monopod; thus making it more appealing.

It has been specifically designed for the digital photographer and is perfect for both professionals and beginners alike. It is compatible with most types of camera, be it heavy or light, or of any brand including Nikon, Canon, and Sony

Other supplementary features include a ball head, which can come off the tripod and is adjustable; thus enabling it to fit your camera.

Then it also comes with a quick release plate, which is there to ensure that no time is wasted and no fumbling occurs when trying to release your camera from the tripod.



Moreover, its built-in level, a type of bubble level, lets you set the tripod and help you to adjust the legs to reach the top level.

You will also find an extra center column included which can be used as a tool to make further adjustments. It also comes with a carrying case which keeps it safe from moisture and protects it from damage.

Additionally, it is designed in such a way that is able to provide maximum convenience and ease-of-use to photographers. Not only is it easy set-up, but it also allows for easy adjustment, specifically the legs which is a very helpful feature for beginners.

It’s sturdy enough to support even large cameras which are usually used for outdoor photography. With its lightweight and space-saving construction, it is easier to carry around and use outdoors.

ZoMei Z818 65 Inch

It is made of durable and top-quality materials which enables it to last longer and makes it sturdy enough to carry even heavy cameras. The magnesium and aluminum alloy used to construct it also gives it anti-corrosion features.

It has a sleek and stylish appearance and is also very light and easy-to-carry which makes it ideal for outdoor photography. Its compact construction allows 180° fold, helping in space-saving, and providing it with maximum portability; thus making it perfect for traveling.

Lastly, it comes with a very reasonable price, therefore there is really no reason why you shouldn’t add this tripod to your photography kit.

The best things about it:

– Cheaper than the rest of the similar tripods in the market

– It is very reliable

– Can convert in a monopod

– Space saver and very convenient to carry around

– Tough and durable

– Lightweight

– Easy to setup

– Easy to remove the camera

Who should go for the Zomei Z818?

Those photographers who are looking for an amazing tripod within a reasonable and affordable price should give ZoMei Z818 a chance! It gets the award for the best budget tripod for traveling amongst other competitors in the market.

And it is also for those people, for whom the functionality is a top priority. So if you are looking at both the price tag and quality then this tripod is for you!

Long story short, it is one of the best travel tripods I have come across and that is why it is on my list. Believe me, it deserves to be in your collection as well as it has all the merits.

The most alluring factor that made me include it in here is because it provides value for every cent invested.

So those who are in search of budget-friendly tripod for traveling should definitely consider the Zomei Z818 and I am sure that it won’t disappoint.

You will not regret your purchase with this tripod as it will take your photography adventures to a whole new level!

Manfrotto Befree Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod

If you’re looking for a modern tripod that is docent sacrifice its durability for portability, then this tripod is for you. It’s not only reliable but has a spectacular design and built which makes it capable of shooting in any condition.

Not only is it great for wilderness backpacking but it is equally suitable for demanding professional shoots.

It comes with premium design and graphics which are eye-catching and appealing. Thus, I recommend it to those who want not only great-looking but superbly designed photographic tool with excellent functionality!

Manfrotto Befree Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod

Let’s have a closer looks at what it offers:

Features:

From its functionality to its price everything is on point. Just look at its weight of 1.1kg. It’s scarcely believable. This 40cm of packed beauty is impressive, not only because of its design but also its durability.

The carbon fiber in it has revolutionized the world of travel tripods and has made travel tripods more lightweight than ever before.

The Manfrotto Befree tripod is very clear-cut travel tripod that is no0 very easy to use. No overly complex process like most competitors in the market.

By making use of rather than twist locks which other tripods use, together with the weight of only 1.1kg and length 40cm and, the Manfrotto BeFree is no doubt one of the smallest and lightest travel tripods you will find all around the globe

The Manfrotto has a head which is basic, with just one adjustment knob and without a panning release nor a friction damper. There are also no spirit levels or retractable spikes and it also has just two lockable leg angles to select from.

This basic design is very good it makes it easy to set, use, carry and fold back making it perfect for travel without hassle. It lets you capture without wasting too much time and energy.

Manfrotto Befree Carbon Fiber

Its sports brand new, innovative, and highly useful carbon fiber legs which makes it more rigid and transportable than any other tripod and reducing its weight by 20% as compared to the aluminum version.

It also boasts a unique mechanism and also a quick release adapter which leads to its foldable legs getting paced very tightly, and resulting in a folded length of only 40 cm. it also comes with a personal padded bag to carry it in, so that you can carry it comfortably everywhere.

The extra padding also protects it in your luggage from any accidental damage.



The BeFree is extremely light because it is made of carbon fiber so ultralight photographers can use this model to fulfill their shooting need without carrying baggage. This feature makes it ideal especially for mirrorless shooters who want less on their backs when traveling.

For videographers also, this tripod is great for traveling because it can be turned into an amazing travel video tripod through a special video head which can be purchased separately.

Therefore, if you have the video head than this tripod can become multifunctional and be very useful and effective in your next videography adventure!

Summing it up, the new entry in the Befree series has taken the Befree range to the next level.

Now professionals and advance photographer will be able to use this newly innovated beauty in their travels making their trips more exotics and fill them up with their passion for photography.

This Manfrotto has changes the game for travel photography by making tripods more portable, compact, and lighter than ever.

Not only has it become easier to set it but the usage has also become surprisingly stable thus now you can capture stunningly precise images without a hitch or a fumble!

The best things about it:

– Quick and easy to set up and use

– Small in size and portable

– Lightweight

– Not overly complex

– Stable

Who should go for the Manfrotto BeFree?

Those photographers who are looking for a lightweight travel tripod but don’t want to sacrifice a lot of stability along with a reasonable price tag, then the Manfrotto BeFree Travel Tripod is for them!

If you want a tripod that you can carry in your backpack without breaking your back and is also easy to pack and use than this you should check it out.

It is also budget friendly so those of you who don’t want a dent in their pockets should go for it too. Lastly, it is for those who want a tripod that can last long and survive any kind of weather and condition.

Summing it up, this tripod has been with me for years and is my go-to. It never ceases to amaze me and I will gladly recommend it to everyone.

I am having nothing to say about it and for this is definitely the best of the best backpacking and travel tripods out in the market! Not only it deserved the spot on this list but it also deserves a spot in your adventures and in your hearts!

SIRUI T-005X Ultralight Travel Tripod

This tripod by Sirui has a weight of only 1.8 pounds. Which is less than even a quart of milk and 20% less than its competitors! Can you believe it?

It can also fold to 11.8 inches which is under a foot length-wise, that is why this beauty is perfect for traveling. When this 11.8 inches equipment is unfolded, it reaches an extended length of whopping 51.4 inches.

So there is always space for this tiny wonder in a backpack! It made my list because it has a lot to offer and beats its competition with not only its amazing features but also its affordable price!

SIRUI T-005X

Let’s have a closer looks at what it offers:

Features:

The T-005 sports a C-10 ball head which has one knob each for pan and tilt which enable the photographer to do tasks like panoramic photography while the tilt is locked. It comprises of a quick to mount and release plate which is Arca-compatible.

It has a head mount thread and two of its legs contain “leg-warmers,” also called foam grips which provide a nice touch and good grip when using the tripod in cold weather.

Its legs can twist-lock into place and also comprise of rubber feet which gives it stability. It can angle its legs to 80, 52, and 23 degrees to deal with uneven ground.



Moreover, its body is made from Aluminum with an anodized coating which protects it from dings and corrosion. The Aluminum alloy parts also have maximum strength as they are high temperature forged.

It also comes with a Well-designed and padded carrying bag which has a strap so that you can carry it easily and it remains protected in your luggage. The best thing about it Tripod Kits are is that by raising the center column it can be converted into a monopod.



It is not only compact but also ultra-lightweight, and stylish. Their appearance is classic which makes them look like works of art themselves! The 8 layer carbon fiber not only makes it super lightweight but also gives it stability and minimizes vibration.

It also consists of three solid ratchet steps placed on the legs which lead to flexible usage. It also comes with a Stabilizing carabineer.

Additionally, the SIRUI T-005X comes with a removable center column which lets you place the ball head onto the spider directly.

The attachment point of the center column is made of corrosion-resistant brass which leads to a long life. Secondly, if you set the legs widest apart, you can get approximately 4.1″ close to the ground and carry out low angle shooting.

When you do this the SIRUI T-005X converts into a table-top tripod.

It also features a twist lock mechanism which makes it easy to set up and also every leg contains an automatic leg-angle lock system which gives it speed and convenience when folding down.

The precision manufacturing lets you use the tripod effortlessly and also leads to impressive stability.

SIRUI T-005X tripod

So to end it up will say that like all the SIRUI tripods, this tripod also doesn’t compromise on quality. All the features work perfectly well giving you no reason to complain. It is one of the best releases of the year and a great step forward in the world of travel tripods.

It will add colors to your photography with its compact yet excellent design and built for your next traveling expedition.

The best things about it:

– Comes with a removable Center Column to shoot at Low-Angles

– Can be used on uneven terrain.

– Extra compactness as Legs can fold up 180º

– Speedy and convenient as every leg has a mechanism for the automatic leg-angle lock

Who should go for the SIRUI T-005X?

So Sirui is perfect for those users who are looking for a lightweight tripod especially for mirrorless shooting and placing compact cameras on it. It can even support DSLRs with huge lenses, as it is rated to handle a maximum of 8.8 pounds.

It provides a stable platform which is the main objective of a tripod and is ideal for camcorders and mirrorless cameras. This tripod kit by SIRUI is specially designed for those who want to conduct compact point and shoot digital photography

I simply love this tripod and won’t hesitate to purchase it. The compact construction, together with extremely secure and safe support makes it one of the most popular tripods in the market. With a size of a water bottle, who wouldn’t want to carry it in their backpack?

It has made photography easier than ever, as you will hardly notice it in your luggage. Thus, it will become your faithful companion in all your travels.

K&F Concept 62”

I tend to not write reviews on new brands especially when it comes to my beloved camera equipment, but when I got this tripod to support my camera I was astonished by its features.

The quality was top notch and it compelled me to add it to this list. I was amazed by its smoothness and functionality.

The appearance is also on point and it is so light and compact that I carry it on all my journeys as it can fit almost anywhere!

K&F Concept 62 tripod

Let’s have a closer looks at what it offers:

Features:

The K&F tripod see on eBay comes with a ball head that is made from Die-casting metal which is strong and rigid and has the ability to be rotated 360 degrees, allowing for enlarged view area via panoramic shoot.

It helps it last longer and allows it to be used in harsh weather.

The ball head is not only sturdy but is also quick and convenient to use as it locks securely into place. It works really well and also includes a bubble level and a standard release plate which is also very efficient.

The rest of the body is made from magnesium-aluminum alloy, which not only makes it rigid but allows it to be portable and foldable.

The materials used to construct it ensure that it remains lightweight at only 1.58 kilograms/3.48 pounds inclusive of ball head and can be folded into a compact and portable tripod perfectly fit for traveling.



It sports a Locking knob mechanism and comes with a Hexagon-shaped transverse central column which can move from 0 to 180 degrees.

It is multifunctional as this tripod can easily be turned into a full-size monopod just by combining the tripod legs and the removable center column using screws.

Moreover, this all-in-one tripod boasts a two sections center column. It also contains a pull-out type button made of plastic that is abrasion resistant in order to protect it from damage.

It also features an Automatic stability suspension system and comes with a sturdy and a padded zip-up case that includes handles as well as shoulder strap allowing you to carry it in any way you like and protecting it from damage.

Then it has a lock that is very sturdy and can carry the weight of the majority of the cameras. So it is compatible with many cameras.

K&F Concept 62

This K&F tripod also has the ability to get very close to the ground so that you can conduct low-angle shots. It can also be inverted by using it’s the center post enabling you to place the camera right down on the ground and capture images at maximum closeness…

Furthermore, you can not only effectively conduct the lowest angle shooting, but also macro shooting along with special photography can be done by making use of an inverted central axis.

Additionally, this tripod by K&F tripod has two amazing features that will appeal to any photographer. First the boom and the then the removable leg. Both of these features are very useful and are very cool to use.

You can easily detach the leg and use it as a monopod. Lastly one of the most useful features I came across was the boom. This feature was not only beneficial but was fun to use. It helped me shoot in a tough and restricted spot where there was less space.

Instead of frustrating me out, this handy-dandy K&F tripod turned out to be a blessing in disguise. This time I just give a whirl to the 90-degree column trick and it the shoot went smoothly and perfectly.



So this tripod has it all. With its reasonable price and an array of features, it is the best thing you can get your hands on before your next traveling journey.

Believe me, there is a reason it is on this list and you it will be the best thing you purchase this year!

The best things about it:

– Protective carrying bag.

– Solid construction made of metal.

– Compact and portable design.

– Easy and fun to use; 90-degree tilt feature

– Great value for money.

Who should go for the K&F Concept 62”?

This tripod is for all those who are looking for a solid piece of equipment that is not only portable tripod but also works exceptionally well and that too at a reasonable price.

For all those photographers who use tripods frequently and in harsh weathers should buy this tripod as it lasts long and is durable and strong.



Summing it up, within no time this tripod has taken over my heart. I think this is a close to getting a perfect tripod for my travel and it might have ended up becoming my all-time favorite because it works just so unexpectedly well.

All in all, I am so pleased that I feel absolutely confident in recommending it to everyone who has a passion for travel photography.

SIRUI T-1004XL

The new T-X Series of tripods created by SIRUI are indeed the most compact and full-sized tripods which are specifically designed for travelers in mind and the best of them all is SIRUI T-1004XL.

It is made exactly for easier storage and portability together with strong built to last long. So this tripod which is the size of a 2L water bottle and weighs even less than that will be an ideal companion for your photography travels.

SIRUI T-1004XL

Let’s have a closer look at what it offers:

Features:

Don’t let the small size fool you! This tiny equipment is potent because it can handle heavy weights! It boasts a uniquely designed mechanism which allows you to flip its legs up to 180 degrees.

This also enables the tripod to be folded into a significantly smaller packing compared to the rest of the competitors in the market.

Additionally, it has an advantage over other tripods because it allows you to keep the ball head on the tripod and yet it will fit in its compact case.

Moreover, if you want to work in windy conditions, just simply hang a heavy load on the spring-loaded hook which is provided underneath the tripod. This gives additional stability to overcome its lightness.



Furthermore, you can even capture low and unusual angles. Just by removing the center column and replacing it with the shorter center column which is included and then adjusting the legs to get any of the 3 leg angle positions, you want you can shoot at any level you want.

You also have the option to shoot at ground level by inverting the center column and shooting from underneath the tripod.

It consists of an E-10 ball head which compliments the tripod perfectly and fits in snugly between the 180° legs. It also sports separate locks for both the planning and ball movement.

It comes with a padded shoulder strap case which protects the tripod and its head from damage during transport and also makes it easy to carry.

SIRUI T-1004XL head

It can carry a maximum Load Capacity of 13.2 lbs. which is a whopping 5.99 kg, while its own weight is not even half this amount.

It can reach an alarming Height of 58″/147.32 cm while it can be folded to give you a Folded Length of only 15.7″/39.88 cm so that it can easily fit in your suitcase and even your backpack.

So if you are a hiking or travel enthusiast, then you should gives it a look. For me, this is definitely one of the most useful aluminum tripods that I got the opportunity to use. I myself was at first doubtful whether this little tripod can hold a point steady.

But, after using it I can say without a doubt that this tiny piece of equipment can do wonders so don’t look at its size. I can surely say that Sirui has come up with the best combination of portability and strength and by creating this T-004x.

The best things about it:

– It’s tiny with minimum weight and folded size

– It has four section legs which can be adjusted to three different angles,

– The twist locks are easy and quick to use

– Also has a reversible center column enabling you to set up for macro photographs.

Who should go for the SIRUI T-1004XL?

The ideal photographer for this tripod by Sirui is someone who is in need of a lightweight travel tripod. But doesn’t want to comprise on quality. It is for someone who wants a sturdy tripod as they are frequent travelers who fly constantly and go on long hikes.

SIRUI T-1004 – see price on eBay – is a good option for those who have a rough usage and want to invest in something that can survive the abuse and harsh climate.

If you want something that can last both weddings, wildlife, portrait, and any other sessions, then this is for you. It is perfect for all situations as it provides maximum stability.



So this T-1004XL Aluminum Tripod by SIRUI with its amazing features from E-10 Ball Head to its reverse-folding legs which allow it to fold down to 18.3 and a weight of only 2.9 lb. along with a reversible center column for low angle shooting and individually adjustable legs with twist locks is the travel tripod with the most features in the market.

You definitely don’t want to miss this that is why I have included it my list so that you get to use the best of the best equipment in the photography world.

So now it’s clear why you need the perfect travel tripod. Be it a weekend break or a foreign trip, if you’re taking the camera, then the tripod goes with it.

To capture the striking views of the early morning sunrise, or spectacular tourist point you need the solid support a tripod provides.



You might wonder how some photographers can get a milky way in their picture or add such depth and dreaminess to a scenic view; well the answer is that they make sure that they have the right tripods.

So, my friends, it is the time you figure out your specifications and select a tripod accordingly.

This guide is for all those who are baffled by the numerous tripods available. It has it all.

From those featuring feature ball heads, which offer quick adjustment as and have a compact body to ensure that the least amount of space is taken from your luggage to carbon-fiber tripods that are lightweight and travel-friendly.

So make use of this list well as it carries the best travel tripods you will find in the market, that are not just only portable but also provide more versatility and rigidity.

We hope this list is helpful and helps you pick the right tripods that fulfill your needs beautifully.

Have a nice time on your next big shooting adventure with the perfect piece of equipment!

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9 thoughts on “The best travel tripods

  1. Thank you for a great review of travel tripods. I found it very informative and helpful in coming to a decision.
    With so many tripods in the marketplace, I was getting more and more confused as to which one I should I buy.
    Your review has helped me to make up my mind and I think I am going to go with Manfrotto BeFree.

  2. Oh my goodness what a post, personally I really liked the K&F tripod, looks really cool. you do have a very good list here of great tripods.
    Great Job.

  3. I really like the qualities of ZoMei Z818 65. I think it has the highest cost efficiency among these. What is your take on this?

  4. Wow. Did not realize there are so many different tripods and so many options to choose from.
    If anybody searching for new or improving their tripod this article presents a great wealth of information.

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