Our Best Apple iPhone Tripods and Monopods

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How To Use Apple iPhone Tripods and Monopods

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The main purpose of an iPhone Tripod is to keep your Apple iPhone Perfectly Still for Slow Shutter Photography and Videography. This is critical for Astrophotography, Long Exposures and Timelapse Videos.

Meta often says, “There are two types of Tripods; The ones that are easy to carry, and the ones that work.” Many iPhone Tripods are too lightweight and can easily topple over, especially mounted with the heavier Apple iPhone 14 Pro Models. Don’t go cheap on your iPhone Tripod!

We use and recommend the Manfrotto Befree Tripod (Photo: Left). It is Lightweight (1.560kg), but it can support 6.4kg or a Full Size DSLR Camera. The Center Column can be reversed for Macro Photography. We also use the optional Manfrotto Short Center Column. We attach a Ulanzi Smartphone Clamp (Below) which has wide flat edges which hold the iPhone 12 and 13 more securely in a Moment iPhone Case. We attach an iOS Remote Control to the Tripod.

How To Use Apple iPhone Tripods and Ball Heads

• Time Lapse Videography – Requires the Apple iPhone to be Perfectly Still over a long period of time, sometimes hours.

• Astrophotography – Requires the Apple iPhone to be Perfectly Still for up to 30 seconds.

• Landscape Videography – Requires the Apple iPhone to be Perfectly Level with the Horizon.

• Macro Photography – Reverse the Center Column or install the optional Manfrotto Short Center Column to shoot Macros near the surface. Perfect for Macros of bugs, mushrooms and small flowers.

How To Use Apple iPhone Monopods and Ball Heads

• Gimbal Extension – Lets you Shoot Upside Down or Simulate a Drone Taking Off.

• Gimbal Stabilization – Adds counter weight to the Gimbal Handle for Stabilization.

• Macro Photography – Lets you get down closer to nature.

• Road Videography – We open our Moon Roof and mount the Apple iPhone or Gimbal to the Monopod. Simulates a Motorcycle Helmet Cam.

• Extend Your Reach – A Monopod can greatly extend your Apple iPhone Pro Camera’s reach into gardens, trees, etc.

• Ball Head – Adding a Ball Head (Below) to your Monopod adjust your angle of attack, making it easier to get the shot.

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Apple iPhone 14 Pro Camera TipsAd • iOS Remote Control – When you press on your Apple iPhone, it will move slightly, causing blurry images. We carry an iOS Remote Control in our Camera Bag and Attached to our Tripods. Color coded for each Apple iPhone. Requires 1 CR2016 Lithium Battery. Volume Shutter Control needs to be Enabled for this to work!

Apple iPhone Tripods

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Ad • Ulanzi MT-16 Extendable Tripod

For Hiking and Upside Down Macro Photography, we use this Ulanzi MT-16 Tripod / Monopod / Selfie Stick. It features a side Cold Shoe for a Light or Microphone. The ball head is 360° rotatable. We add a Ulanzi Smartphone Clamp (Below). Perfect for Apple iPhone Photography and Videography. Not Recommended for DSLR Cameras. Can be used as a desktop lightstand. (170g).

Ad • Manfrotto Compact Light TripodWatch a Video

For Backpacking Apple iPhone Photography and Videography, we use this Manfrotto Compact Light Tripod, with a Ulanzi Smartphone Clamp (Below). Very lightweight and easy to transport, thanks to the padded carrying case. Not Recommended for DSLR Cameras. Can be used as a desktop lightstand. (331g).

Ad • Manfrotto Befree TripodWatch a Video

For Heavier Apple iPhone Photography and Videography, we use and recommend the Manfrotto Befree Smartphone Tripod, with the optional 492 Ball Head (Below) and a Ulanzi Smartphone Clamp (Below). It features an aluminium body which makes it lightweight to carry but strong enough to hold a Small DSLR Camera or Apple iPhone Pro. Add the optional Manfrotto Short Center Column for Macro Photography. (1.560 kg).

Ad • Manfrotto 492 Centre Ball Head

This Manfrotto 492 Center Ball Head is specially designed for a Smartphone Clamp or Small DSLR Camera, as there is no quick release plate to get in the way. The single adjustment knob makes it very simple and intuitive to use, even for inexperienced photographers. Simple locking and complete movements on the pan and tilt axes, with ergonomic knob, to always be ready to frame and shoot in no time. Base is 3/8”. Comes with 3/8” to 1/4” Adapter Screw. Holds up to 5 kg. Can be mounted on Small Tripods (3/8”) or Monopods (1/4”). (113g).

Ad • Ulanzi Smartphone Clamp

This Ulanzi Smartphone Clamp features Wide Flat Edges for the Apple iPhone 12, 13 and 14 Models mounted in a Moment Thin Case. It features a top Cold Shoe for a Video Light, Microphone or Bubble Level. This Ulanzi Smartphone Clamp is very similar in design to the Manfrotto Smartphone Clamp, but the Ulanzi Smartphone Clamp has a 1mm wider grip, which holds the edges of Apple iPhone 14 in a Moment Case much more securely. (30g).

Apple iPhone Monopods

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Ad • Manfrotto Monopod

We use and recommend this Manfrotto 4 Section Monopod, which folds down to a very compact 19” but when extended the Monopod is 59” tall. Supports up to 10kg. We attach this Monopod to the Zhiyun Smooth 5 Gimbal or Ulanzi Smartphone Clamp to Extend the Apple iPhone higher up for the “Drone Look”, upsidedown for along the ground shots or to be used to shoot through the Vehicle’s Sunroof. 1/4” Screw Mount. Add a Manfrotto Ball Head and a Ulanzi Smartphone Clamp (Above). (590g).

Ad • Ulanzi MT-16 Monopod / Tripod

We use and recommend this Ulanzi MT-16 Extendable Mini Camera Monopod / Tripod. Features 4 Levels Adjustment, 360° Ball Head and a Cold Shoe Mount. Very Lightweight and Portable as a Selfie Stick Handle or Desktop Webcam Tripod. Attach a Ulanzi Smartphone Clamp (Above) for up-side-down Apple iPhone Macro Photography. Supports up to 500g weight, including small Compact Cameras and Apple iPhones. (170g).

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