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Best Budget Travel Tripod

by eng.izajJuly 11, 2017

However, the more I delved into researching the best travel tripods, the more I realised that there’s more than meets the eye with these 3-legged objects. Whilst most tripods can do their job of supporting cameras quite adequately, there are certain factors that separate these ‘adequate’ tripods from the very best tripods on the market.

Let’s look first at why you may need a travel tripod.

Joby GorillaPod Focus Flexible Tripod

$129.99
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Features

  • Capture better perspectives: flexible, wrappable legs allow you to secure professional camera equipment weighing up to 11.1 lbs (5kg) to virtually any surface, enabling you to capture shots you couldn't before.
  • Precise positioning at any angle: full 360° panning and 90 tilt° with Ballhead XTM allow you to quickly position your camera with ease for portrait and landscape shots.
  • Easy setup and quick transitions: Arca-Swiss compatible mounting plate stays connected to your camera for optimal interchangeability.
  • Secure firm joints after repeated use: the only tripod in its class to use durable machined aluminum sockets and German TPE for joints that stay firm and grippy.
  • Ivation Tablets Mount: Variable positioning with any tripod: Mount connects to JOBY GorillaPods and other tripods via stainless steel 1/4"-20 thread

MeFOTO Aluminum Roadtrip Travel Tripod/Monopod

$199.00
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3 used from $ 142.45
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Features

  • Only products shipped from and sold by authorized resellers such as Amazon.com can ensure that you will be receiving product that has a valid 5 year US warranty upon registration.
  • 360-degree Panning: Accurate panoramas can be easily orchestrated using the graduated panning scale for accurate image alignment. Two Leg Angle Positions: For an extra measure of flexibility, tripod legs can be independently locked into place at two different angles to enable shooting in cramped quarters, on irregular surface areas, or at ground level.
  • Recessed Center-Column Hook: A spring loaded recessed hook, located in the bottom of the center-column, allows you to hang additional weight from the tripod's center of gravity for increased stability. Separate Head and Pan Lock: Individual head tension and lock knob as well as pan lock help make the right adjustment.
  • Precision Matched Q Series Ballhead: Dual action heavy duty ballhead with Arca-Swiss style compatible quick release plate. Integral Bubble Level: Allows adjustment to prevent uneven pans and head movements. CompactThe tripod legs can be inverted and folded back 180 degrees making it small enough to carry just about anywhere.
  • Five Leg Sections: Get the height you need and ultimate versatility. Twist Lock Legs with Anti-Rotation System: MeFOTO's innovative rubberized locking grips combined with anti-rotation legs enable fast and fumble-free set up plus weather and dust-resistance.

Manfrotto MKBFRA4-BH BeFree Compact Aluminum Travel Tripod

$161.45
23 new from $ 159.88
4 used from $ 119.99
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Features

  • Light and compact design
  • Supports up to 8.8lbs
  • Designed to fit into carry-on luggage and backpacks

Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Aluminum Tripod Kit

$179.99
$168.00
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6 used from $ 129.00
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Features

  • 26mm 3 section aluminum alloy legs adjust to 25, 50, and 80-degree angles to enable extreme low angle photography
  • Smooth fluid-like ball head rotates 360 degrees and includes a quick release plate and bubble levels
  • Hexagon-shaped central column moves from 0 to 180 degrees
  • The Instant Swivel Stop-n-Lock (ISSL) System securely repositions the central column in one simple movement
  • Premium magnesium die-cast canopy and anti-shock ring

Davis & Sanford TR553-P228 Traverse Super Compact Tripod

$99.96
$99.95
3 new from $ 99.95
1 used from $ 90.43
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Features

  • Only weighing 2.6lbs, the TR553-P228 is perfect when travelling or use outdoors with DSLR & Mirrorless cameras mounting to a ball head which has a capacity of 10lbs
  • Equipped with 5 section legs, with freeze proof rubberized twist leg locks allowing for a maximum height of 53 inches and when folded 12 inches
  • Easy glide centerpost to achieve maximum height with twist lock
  • Dual control ball head, with calibrated base and bubble level, allows you to achieve optimal stability with every set up. The Arca-Swiss compatible release plate allows you to efficiently mount and remove your camera from the tripod, making for an efficient set and break down
  • Padded carrying bag

ZOMEI Z699C Carbon Fiber Portable Tripod

$279.99
$118.99
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Features

  • New version, upgraded on Aug.2015! Backed with Zomei 90-Day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.
  • Pull-out button angling adjustment, ensuring single adjust of each tripod leg
  • Universal ball head handle with secured clip, double securing your camera from accident dropping
  • Typical regulating design of elevator, offering the different damping effect depends on the weight of your camera
  • Build-in bubble level indicator, three adajustment knobs design pan, It has a carring case, easy to carry. 5-section tripod legs, realizing your lowest angle shooting

Sony VCT-R100 Lightweight Compact Tripod with 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head

$213.00
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Features

  • Function: Elevator, 3way panhead function
  • Material: Aluminium,ABS.POM
  • Tilt Correction: 90 degrees,60 degrees,360 degrees.
  • Lightweight design makes it perfect for travel

Dolica AX620B100 62-Inch Proline Tripod and Ball Head

$49.99
5 new from $ 40.99
4 used from $ 40.00
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Features

  • 62" Aluminum Proline Tripod
  • Support up to 13.2 lbs
  • Ballhead, quick release plate and bubble level
  • Quick release leg locks and non-slip rubber feet

Pedco UltraPod II Lightweight Camera Tripod

$24.99
$19.99
41 new from $ 18.50
3 used from $ 7.11
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Features

  • Lightweight and compact tripod with fold-out legs and non-slip vinyl feet fits any device with a tripod socket (1/4-20 female thread)
  • Removable D-ring VELCRO brand cinch strap secures tripod to posts, tree limbs, railings, pack frames, or any sturdy object
  • Unique ball and socket camera mount assembly positions camera and other devices at any angle
  • Use with DSLR cameras, 35 mm cameras with larger lenses, compact camcorders, spotting scopes, and binoculars; Maximum Safe Load: 6 pounds (2.7 kg)
  • Weight: 4 oz. (119 g); Dimensions-folded: 7 inches x 2 inches x 2 inches (17.8 cm x 5.1 cm x 5.1 cm); Made in the USA; Lifetime warranty

Manfrotto MTPIXI-B PIXI Mini Tripod, Black

$28.00
$24.99
45 new from $ 24.80
3 used from $ 18.99
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Features

  • Lightweight and portable design
  • Rapid push button lock system for head adjustment
  • Solid construction

AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod with Bag

$23.49
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Features

  • Lightweight tripod with adjustable-height legs and rubber feet
  • Compatible with most video cameras, digital cameras, still cameras, GoPro devices, smartphone adapters (not included), and scopes.
  • Recommended max load weight is 6.6 lbs (3kg) for optimal performance
  • Weighs 3 lbs; Extends from 25 inches to 60 inches when center post is fully extended; Carrying case included
  • Two built-in bubble view levels and 3-way head to allow for tilt and swivel motion; portrait or landscape options

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