Choosing the best travel tripod for you

2 Apr 2018

MeFoto Roadtrip Travel tripod

It’s not hard to see why an excited university graduate would want this metallic Mefoto Roadtrip Travel tripod for their travels. Benro’s range of Roadtrip MeFoto tripods are so compact, weighing only 1.6kg, that they can even fit into a carry-on for the active backpacker.

This tripod has an Arca-Type compatible quick-release system so you can simply place your camera on the tripod and shoot away. It can convert to a monopod for extra versatility and has a soft foam grip that makes it really comfortable to handle. Although it’s small in size, this tripod can support a load of up to 8kg!

Benro Mefoto tripod
Traveller deciding where to go next?

Manfrotto Compact Advanced tripod

Are you finally going on that safari trip after years of dreaming and planning? Then you’ll need all your photographic gear to be as user-friendly as possible. You don’t want to waste time struggling with gear on this long-awaited, much-needed break.

This Manfrotto Compact Advanced aluminium tripod makes it easy for you to frame and shoot at a moment’s notice. With a tripod that only weighs 1.4kg, you’ll hardly feel any extra weight added to your travel gear.

With its clever foldable three-way head, you can set up in just seconds and quickly fold it away when you no longer need it. The tripod head has two levers, one for panning or tilting and another for levelling, so this setup requires minimal effort to get those perfect images.

Manfrotto compact advance tripod
Woman on safari

Benro iTrip25 tripod

If you’re one of the more “extreme” explorers out there who opt for mountain climbing and intense hikes like the Otter Trail, then the Benro iTrip25 is the best travel tripod for you. This aluminium tripod (with ball head) is lightweight, extremely strong and made especially to meet the growing needs of adventure photographers who require well-built tripods.

This tripod weighs a mere 1.6kg and folds down to a pint-size of just 42cm. This isn’t only a tripod known for its stability and hardcore aluminium exterior; you can easily remove one of its legs to convert this strong tripod into a fully functioning monopod.

Benro itrip
The extreme adventurer

Benro GoTravel tripod

All the features you need for easy holiday travelling are packed into the Benro GoTravel tripod. You can expect top-notch features like a 90º centre column, allowing you to go from vertical to horizontal without the use of any tools. Twist-lock legs with rubberised grips offer a fast and fumble-free setup and a removable ballast hook lets you hang additional weight from the tripod to increase stability.

What is really great about this tripod is its weight. Packing light is key for any traveller so the fact that this tripod only weighs 1.85kg makes it a top competitor. It also has all of the outstanding features of bigger and more expensive tripods without the added weight.

Benro carbon fibre gotravel tripod
Capturing the perfect sunset

What should you look for in a travel tripod?

  • Overall weight. It’s important not to travel long distances, especially by foot, with a heavy tripod that will add extra strain.
  • Folded length. The tripod should be able to easily fit with your other gear without taking up unnecessary space.
  • Versatility. Look for a smaller tripod that still offers many of a big tripod’s features so that you won’t be limited.
  • Rubberised or spiked feet. If you’re travelling, you’ll encounter uneven terrain — sturdy tripod feet will protect you against shaky photographs and keep your gear from falling over.
Travellers kit

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