How to Turn Nearly Anything into a Tripod for Under $100

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If I’ve ever really needed a sturdy and super portable tripod, I’ve often turned to Gorillapods. But they can’t do everything necessarily. But upon a recent visit to the MAC Group facilities, I stumbled upon a super affordable way to turn nearly anything into a stable shooting surface on the cheap.

 

Benro BH0 Ballhead

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This ballhead is a single action version–which means that with a twist of that knob you see there the entire head will essentially be able to move about. But if you’re taking a single shot that doesn’t require you to pan, or if you’re shooting a timelapse, this is really all you need.

This ballhead is built pretty darn well for its affordable price. Fair warning though: hold onto your camera when you loosen that knob.

Kupo Convi Clamp with Adjustable Handle

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Kupo makes grip gear and some really sturdy stands. And the Convi Clamp is no exception. Even though it is built for the studio, its one heck of a clamp and quite literally the backbone behind this entire hack.

It clamps down onto nearly any surface and if your surface is flatter than what you see in the photo above, then you can insert a little flattener piece.

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To keep it clamped in place, you’ll need to crank it. Think about a vice grip–that’s pretty much what this is!

Do the Math

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Let’s see here: The Kupo Convo Clamp: $24 + Benro BH0 Ballhead: $47 = $71.00 + tax.

Edit: Also add in this threaded mounting plate and that tacks on another $15.

Not too shabby, huh? Note that this isn’t meant to replace a full tripod, but is instead meant as a quick hack that is super portable and efficient.

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