Travel Tripods under 2 pounds for your digital camera - new lightweight material make traveling with a tripod easier

Travel tripods

Great travel tripods
Great travel tripods

At less than two pounds these travel tripods are hard to leave behind

Tripods make it easier to take sharp photographs. Steady cameras mean lower shutter speeds can be used and smaller apertures for greater depth of field. They also are great for getting into the photo with a timer.

Today's lightweight and strong materials like carbon fiber have given tripod manufacturers the ability to make incredibly strong tripods that don't weigh a lot.

I'm off on a photo shot of in the Bozeman, MT and Yellowstone with my new camera, a Panasonic Lumix G2 and I wanted to bring along a tripod that wouldn't weigh me down but also fit in my LowePro SlingShot camera bag which includes a handy tripod holder.

My requirements for the tripod were that it should be nearly a full sized tripod, under two pounds and include a good head for taking wildflower shots as well as landscape.

Note: In this review of travel tripods we are reviewing the available tripods that extend to full or nearly full height and not table top tripods.

Recommended Travel Tripods

SPRINT MINI II GM

  • 4 legs sections. padded leg wraps
  • Maximum height of 43.3 in
  • 14 inches folded
  • Weight 1.75 lbs

Tamrac Zipshot

  • Supports Up to 3 lbs
  • 15" folded
  • Weight 11 oz

Gitzo GT1542T Series 1 6X Carbon Fiber Traveler 4 Section G-Lock Tripod

  • Supports up to 15.43 lbs
  • Carbon Fiber construction
  • Weight 1.4 pounds
  • Maximum Height 58.66 in
  • 16.73 in folded

Trekpod Go! Pro 123 Travel Monopod-Tripod-Hiking Staff

  • Combination hiking staff, monopod, tripod
  • Weight 30 Ounces
  • Folds to 22 Inches
  • Full height


Upgrade - Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber 3 Section Tripod with Q90 Column and Magnesium Castings - worth the extra weight

Manfrotto Carbon Fiber Tripod

Don't mind an extra pound of weight?

If you can manage a bit more weight I recommend this professional level tripod.

This tripod is ideal for getting in the water--creeks, rivers, lakes, marshes, etc. It lures one into deeper water for unique shots that cannot be gotten from shore. Sand, mud, clay, bird dropping, etc, do not impede the latching. It cleans easily with a water hose.

This is a very stable tripod. The magnesium leg hinges change angles with a firm press, then maintain their angle solidly. The legs extend/collapse quickly and hold their position without slipping. Plus it shoots all the angles - the 90 degree column is fast and especially useful for near-ground shots or up against a rock face or tree. There is hardly any angle the plate cannot be set to, or location this tripod can't be set up on.

Is the carbon fiber worth it? Heck yeah! It damps vibration compared to aluminum. Light weight is perfect for hiking with camera attached and ready to shoot.

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TrahnTheMan 4 years ago from Asia, Oceania & between

Helpful and informative review- thanks! Have you tried shooting video with any of these tripods and if so how smooth is the panning/tilting? I realise these tripods are not fluid heads but in a pinch could you get stable video shots?


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peanutroaster 4 years ago from New England Author

Video? These tripods are not designed for video.

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