4 lightweight travel tripods with enormous carrying capacity
4 lightweight travel tripods with enormous carrying capacity

Sturdy and durable travel tripods, They exist!

When you want to buy a tripod, you should ask yourself two questions: what weight should it be able to carry and in what situation is it mainly used? A compact and lightweight travel tripod undoubtedly has its advantages, but because of its thin legs and small tripod head, it is more for lightweight DSLR’s and handheld mirror cameras.

When you work with larger cameras and heavy full-frame lenses, you need more sturdiness to take stable pictures. Especially with very high-resolution cameras, even small movements are quickly reflected in the photo. A classic, stable tripod would then seem an obvious choice. Fortunately, there are special travel tripods that combine compact dimensions with extensive equipment

Stable and lightweight travel tripod

When designing travel tripods, the emphasis is on the handheld size and the lowest possible weight. Travel tripods have shorter and thinner legs, and more parts are needed for extension than with normal tripods. Leofoto has solved the issue of weight versus sturdiness by providing their tripod legs with ten layers of carbon fiber. This makes these tripods very stable yet portable. In addition, the carrying capacity of the models mentioned in this blog is high to very high. Ideal, if you travel with a larger sized digital SLR camera with accompanying lenses.

Here's what to look for when buying a travel tripod.

  • Tripod head

    Travel tripods often come with a ball head. If you like to photograph landscapes, the head should have a separate panorama axis. We also recommend a head, which is equipped with a quick-release plate with a protection against sliding. A spirit level is also useful, which ensures that the camera can be positioned perfectly.

  • Upholstery

    A rubber layer around at least one of the legs enhances comfort at very low, but certainly very high temperatures, you'll quickly find out how fine this cover is.

  • Stability hooks

    Light travel tripods quickly start to wobble in the wind. With the stability hooks, you can make the tripod more stable with a little extra weight.

  • Quick setup

    In the travel tripod genre, most manufacturers provide the tripods with set screws, because that's the quickest way to set up and retract the tripods. Travel tripods with clamps are an exception.

  • Tripod feet

    Almost all tripods have rubber feet. Sometimes tripods even come with spikes that can come in handy when the ground is soft.

The 4 best tripods for travelling

The Leofoto MT-01 mini tripod

The MT-01 is a mini tripod made of high quality, hardened aircraft aluminum. The load capacity is without ball head a very impressive 50 kilos if you fold out the legs completely. The tripod legs are finished in natural aluminum and equipped with rubber feet for maximum grip on any surface. You can place a ball head of choice on it, for example, the Leofoto LH-25 ball head.

Leofoto MT-01
Leofoto MT-01

The Leofoto Summit LM-362C tripod for heavier cameras

This tripod is designed for heavy-duty SLR, system and medium format cameras. The tripod legs consist of two sections with diameters of 36 and 32 mm. The tripod has rubber feet, but a set of spikes is included so you can use the tripod on any surface. This makes the tripod a real must-have for the professional who works with heavy equipment. This model is specifically intended for people who want to photograph low to the ground or who want to place their tripod on a rock, for example.

Leofoto Summit LM-362C
Leofoto Summit LM-362C

The Leofoto Urban LX-225CT lightweight tripod with XB-32Q ballhead

With a folded length of 33cm, this lightweight travel stand is very compact and easy to take with you. Despite being so compact, it still has a considerable working height of up to 137 centimeters. The reversible center column is a minimum height of 18 centimeters, and you have a tripod for a wide variety of possibilities. The carbon legs are slim but can still carry up to 6 Kg.

Leofoto Urban LX-225CT
Leofoto Urban LX-225CT

The Leofoto Ranger LS-253CM tripod with ball head LH-30

This tripod is easy to carry, sturdy and durable. The included ball head is as versatile as the tripod itself. It rotates horizontally 360° and tilts vertically 90°, features a built-in level and is adjustable with a sturdy wing nut.

Leofoto Ranger LS-253CM
Leofoto Ranger LS-253CM