We look at the best portable tripods to take on holiday and other travels
Tripods are useful for every type of photography, and travel is no exception. If you want to create long exposures or shoot cityscapes in low light, you’ll need a stable camera support.
What are the best tripods for travel photography?
1. Manfrotto Befree Travel Tripod
Reliable, light and quick to pack down, the Manfrotto Befree Travel Tripod will suit the energetic travelling photographer who does a lot of walking. The quick setup time means you’ll never miss a fleeting moment, while the strong aluminium build makes it the perfect base for long exposures.
2. Vanguard VEO 265CB Carbon Fibre Travel Tripod
Vanguard’s VEO range has been made foremost with travellers in mind. They pack down to the manufacturer’s smallest size yet, making them ideal for those who are looking to minimise their luggage bulk. The VEO 265 CB features 5-section legs with extra-strong leg locks, as well as a TBH-50 ball head with separate pan-lock. All this gives it the impressive loading capacity of 8kg.
3. Gitzo GK2545T-82QD Series 2 Traveler Carbon eXact Tripod Kit
Made with precise Gitzo engineering, the GK2545T-82QD Series 2 Traveler Carbon eXact Tripod Kit is the strongest in the Gitzo traveller range, featuring the GT2545T tripod and the GH1382QD centre ball head. The tripod itself has the largest tube diameter in the Traveller series and can support even heavy telephoto lenses (300mm max), while the head has been engineered to offer smooth movement and precision locking.
4. Joby Gorillapod Hybrid GP2B Grey
For something more compact, more versatile and less expensive than a traditional tripod, it’s worth looking into Joby’s Gorillapods. For those who don’t know, the Joby Gorillapods are grippy miniature tripods, with malleable legs that can cling onto virtually any surface. The Gorillapod Hybrid GP2B Grey is capable of holding up to 1kg in weight and features an integrated aluminium ball head which can tilt up to 90 degrees and pan 360 degrees.
5. MeFOTO RoadTrip A1350Q1C Tripod
The MeFOTO RoadTrip A1350Q1C Tripod offers a nifty extra feature that’s handy for travellers – by taking out the centre column and attaching the removable leg to the bottom, you can easily convert it into a full-size monopod. This is a great extra feature that extends the RoadTrip’s usefulness in rough terrain and busy cities. It also comes sporting a Q-series ball head with an Arca-Swiss-style plate, and a dedicated transport case for added protection.
6. Velbon Ultrek UT-63D Tripod plus QHD-63D Head
The six-section UT-63HD is the biggest in Velbon’s travel tripod range, but still folds up to a compact and manageable size for easy transportation, to the point where its maximum height of 156.9cm is more than five times its folded length. It comes with Velbon’s QHD-63D ball and socket head and a soft carrying case.
7. 3 Legged Thing EQUINOX Leo Carbon Fibre Tripod with AirHed Light
While 3 Legged Thing’s EQUINOX Leo Carbon Fibre Tripod can support a whopping 20kg payload, it still travels light and packs down to just 34cm. Paired with the AirHed Light ball head, it makes for a sturdy and versatile support system that offers a sophisticated degree of control and precision.
8. Benro GoPlus Travel FGP28C Carbon Fibre Tripod
The adjustable centre column of the Benro GoPlus Travel FGP28C Carbon Fibre Tripod allows the user to place the camera at virtually any angle, making it an excellent choice for macro photographers who may need to shoot low to the ground. Like the MeFOTO RoadTrip A1350Q1C, Benro’s tripod also allows for the central column to be removed and converted to a monopod, further expanding its usefulness and versatility.