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Ultra Lightweight Tripods - Seriously lightweight tripods for backpacking and travel

Updated on December 16, 2015

Ultra Lightweight Tripods

Super light weight tripods
Super light weight tripods

GorrilaPod - small, compact tripod

These tiny tripods can slip into your pocket or camera case

Recently I was researching a lightweight tripod for a photo shooting trip in Yellowstone National Park. I didn't plan on being too far from the car so I was looking for a light tripod but a usable one. Nothing too tiny. But there are times when I'm hiking in the back country without a bulky tripod and I wish I had something to rest my camera on for taking self portraits or group shots.

There are a lot of sub-mini or micro tripods on the market. Here are some of the best ones I've found. Caution: Most are designed for compact point and shoot cameras. I wouldn't trust my new Panasonic Lumix G2 and a large lens on one of these, but they all would fix easily inside my LowePro SlingShot compact camera bag.

  • The Sunpak Mini-Spider Tripod weighs less than two ounces and holds holds compact 35mm and digital cameras with individually adjustable, flexible legs.
  • Dolica WT-1003 67-Inch Lightweight Monopod - sometimes you just need a mono pod especially for sports. This best value in its class monopod is sturdy and well constructed and comes with a carrying case. You might consider adding a ball head.
  • Pedco UltraPod is only 1.7 ounces - its a small, convenient tripod that can be taken and used anywhere. Its 3 legs offer a stable base for small cameras, and the strap allows you to attach the UltraPod to a fence, rail, or tree.
  • XShot Pocket Extender - This device allows you to be included in the picture by extending your reach. You can also use it to take pictures or videos over a crowd. So compact it fits in your pocket.
  • Pedco Clamp - With this 6 oz clamp you can turn a fence, pole or car into a tripod.
  • GorillaPod - GorrillPods are flexible tripods that can be used as a traditional table top tripod or you can wrap the legs around a pole or tree branch.
  • The Silk Mini series are small table top tripods that offer all of the features you'd see in a full sized tripod like fully tilting heads and stead legs. Smaller, compact and secure for your heavier cameras.
  • Of course there is always the ultimate in portable tripod - the Bottle Cap tripod. See video below.

Silk Mini II Tripod


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