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CobraCrane Backpacker Portable Camera Jib (5')

Key Features
  • Single-Arm Jib Arm
  • 8' Reach with Optional 5' Tripod
  • 2-Section Breakdown
  • 6.5 lb Capacity
The CobraCrane Backpacker Portable Camera Jib is a single-arm jib arm for small camcorders. This crane offers an 8' reach when matched with an optional 5' tripod, and it can sweep the ground for low-angle applications.
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CobraCrane BackPacker Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Camera Movement
  • 3Camera Tilt
  • 4Quick Set-Up
  • 5Construction
  • 6Small Breakdown

The CobraCrane Backpacker Portable Camera Jib is a single-arm jib arm for small camcorders. This crane offers an 8' reach when matched with an optional 5' tripod, and it can sweep the ground for low-angle applications.

Tripod and head are sold separately.

Camera Movement

From the ground level, the camera can be tilted up over 90 degrees, allowing the user to obtain a great perspective shot. Sweeping vista shots of landscapes, panoramas, and sporting events are possible. The over-the-top shot is also ideal for cooking videos, food marketing videos, and a variety of higher perspective shots

Camera Tilt

In basic configuration, the camera platform stays set and does not tilt as you crane up and down. However, mounting the crane on an available, suitable tripod with fluid head allows you to tilt the fluid head and have the crane's camera platform follow the motion of the tilt.

Quick Set-Up

This device is easily assembled with a quick no-tool setup system.


The CobraCrane Backpacker is solidly constructed from aluminum and is built to last.

Small Breakdown

The CobraCrane Backpacker has the same reach as the CobraCrane I but breaks down in two sections, one two-foot section and one three-foot section.
UPC: 854103006007

CobraCrane BackPacker Specs

Payload Capacity6.5' / 1.98 m
Counterbalance SystemWeight System at Rear of Assembly (Not Included)
Height Range3' / 0.91 m Above Tripod
Pan Range180°
Tripod Attachment1/4"-20 Camera Attachment
Head Attachment1/4"-20 Camera Attachment
Fold Down3' / 0.91 m
Weight12 lb / 5.44 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight11 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)35 x 10.5 x 4.2"

CobraCrane BackPacker Reviews

Sturdy jib for its size

By CollingsMedia
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2016-06-21

This jib offers lots of flexibility for location shooting. Easy to set up, mounts to the tripod head and can be controlled by both the jib arm and tripod head. With a fully rigged DSLR or small pro video camera, we found we needed 10 lbs of weight on the jib to balance the load. This puts a lot of pressure on the tripod head, so this jib is best suited to a heavier heads. We mounted it to a Manfrotto 501, which I would say would be the lightest head you should use. Excellent jib, sturdy for its size.

CobraCrane Works Like A Charm

By Tom Capture Cinematic Weddings
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-02-26

I use this for wedding and commercial work, more so for commercial work. It's great because it comes assembled (just put it on a tripod), gives a ton of reach, and is durable. I've never had a problem with it and it totally exceeded my expectations. Great work CobraCrane.

Great design and sturdy product.

By Ninja_Idoko
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-02-17

Lightweight, strong, and smooth product. Does the job that I need it to do and works flawlessly with manfotto 500 series tripod heads

Sturdy & Affordable

By Jake
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2015-01-12

Using this for a small DSLR for video production. I'm happy with the fairly solid build, especially keeping the price in mind. Was glad to learn that you can use your tripod's tilt and the camera mount adjusts accordingly. (Make sure to use a heavy, fluid head video tripod). The only thing I don't like is that the jib does not have panning function linked to your tripod handle. However, I knew this going into the purchase, so I'd still recommend it. Just be aware going into it.

Excellent product

By Bruce
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-01-02

I use the CobraCrane Backpacker with a Panasonic GH4 camera to shoot 4K video, and it works really well. The camera with a 10-20mm wide angle Sigma lens requires about 8.5 lbs. of counter weights (not included). When properly balanced, the Backpacker provides very smooth motion, making great shots for the money spent on this item.

Good for the price

By Joe Pepper
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2014-12-17

It's a pretty small for using out there. We are using it at church for one of our cameras. Easy to use and good for beginning using a crane. Now we got a second one, a better and larger one. But this one is good for the price!


By Johnny
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-09-28

The Backpacker is so easy to use. The value it adds to each production is amazing.

Best Thing Yet

By Simon Says
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-06-14

Very smooth, fits snugly on my Manfrotto tripod. I really love this thing. Four easy steps to setup: 1. Mount on tripod, 2. Extend the crane out, 3. Screw in weights, 4. Mount camera. 10-12lbs for a 5D DSLR. Way quicker if it had a quick release plate. If you mount it on a fluid head, just tilt the tripod head, and the camera mounted on the crane will tilt too. It comes with a 501 Manfrotto plate (Compatible with some Benro heads) already attached, but you could remove it and mount a different kind of plate to screw into the two 3/8 holes or the one 1/4 hole. Used to own a cheap carbon fiber jib which fell apart with my camera on it, it cannot compare to the CobraCrane! 100x better! Solid piece. Felt strange mounted on a 502HDV Manfrotto head due to the position of the crane's mount slightly blocking the plate lock and the tilt lock. But it is there for a reason. Don't try to disassemble the jib to change the direction it's facing, because it won't fit on the head otherwise (Tilt tension knob blocking the crane from mounting on the left side of the head if crane's position switched) Only wish it came with a bag, which sells separately.

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Does the tilt allow shooting straight down or ...

Does the tilt allow shooting straight down or mounting the camera to point straight down?
Asked by: Matthew
The crane itself does not offer a lever to do manual tilting, but if mounting the crane on an available, suitable tripod with fluid head allows you to tilt the fluid head and have the crane's camera platform follow the motion of the tilt. The camera platform can tilt over 90 degrees for a straight down shot.
Answered by: Richard
Date published: 2021-08-05


How do i connect the cable when using the 3ft extension
Asked by: Anonymous
We are not sure what cable you are referring to but think it might be the zoom control. Here is one possible extension cable. VariZoom VZ-EXTL10 Extension Cable B&H # VAVZEXTL10. If you have any other questions, please write us. [email protected]
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-28


where do we get counter weights?
Asked by: Anonymous
I just use small weights from a barbell set I have at home. As far as actual amount of weight needed, obviously it depends on the camera rig you need to balance. For us, we have used it with the Black Magic Cinema camera and found a 10lb counter weight be be very effective.
Answered by: Frank B.
Date published: 2018-08-27


What about a monitor setup?
Asked by: Robert W.
Yes this definitely works great with a monitor. I personally mounted my Atamos Ninja Monitor with only a spigot and standard ball swivel mount!Where the crane meets the tripod head there is a flat surface that has 1/4 and 3/8 thread holes for mounting accessories. I hope this was helpful.
Answered by: Lane M.
Date published: 2018-08-27


Can you invert the camera mounting plate so that a tripod head can be mounted to pan the camera?
Asked by: Jim
Why would you do that? Then the crane would be useless?
Answered by: Timothy S.
Date published: 2018-08-27


Is this jib compatible with any tripod?
Asked by: Amy B.
Yes this jib compatible with any video tripod.
Answered by: JOHNSON G.
Date published: 2018-08-27
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