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People often ask us to recommend a tripod for use with the Glif. There is not a single straightforward answer, but rather a few really great options to consider based on your needs. And because the Glif has a universal 1/4"–20 tripod thread, it will connect to any standard tripod.

Best Small, Portable Tripod: Manfrotto Pixi Mini Tripod
The Glif is small and portable, so it makes a lot of sense to pair it with a tripod of similar ilk. The Manfrotto mini tripod is fantastic. It’s built like a tank, and the ball head works quite well. It’s even sturdy enough to support a DSLS or Micro 4/3s camera, provided it doesn’t have a huge lens attached. A fantastic and in-depth review can be found at Tools & Toys. Side note: many folks ask us where they can get the mini tripod found at the top of the Glif product page. This tripod is white labeled so it’s sold by many companies, including Amazon. While cute, this tripod is pretty cheap feeling and not super sturdy. We definitely recommend a Manfrotto in lieu of it.

Best Full Size Tripod - Vanguard Alta Pro
A few months ago I was in the market for a new full sized tripod, to use with my Glif as well as my Olympus E-P5. I trusted the Wirecutter’s recommendation, and it does not disappoint. Check out their full review. I expect this tripod to last for years to come. And you should definitely spring for the combo pack that includes the ball head.

Best Teeny Tiny Tripod - Joby Micro Tripod
This one is a bit of an odd ball, but it really is quite nifty for how small it is. I could see this as being the ideal tripod for backpackers and the outdoorsy type. Heck, this tripod is about the size and weight of the Glif itself. Obviously it’s not going to give you any additional height, so it needs to be propped on top of something, but the legs and swivel head allow you to get the angle just right.

Addendum - Shooting in Portrait
The adjustable Glif can resize to fit nearly any smartphone, ranging in size from the iPhone 5 all the way up to the iPhone 6 Plus. The Glif grips the device in “landscape” mode, the most typical orientation when shooting photos and video. That doesn’t mean you can’t shoot portrait, however, which has become more common with live streaming apps like Periscope. You simply need a tripod with a head that can tilt 90 degrees (like the aforementioned Vanguard). The Glif will hold secure in that orientation.


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