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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.

CobraCrane BackPacker Specs

Payload Capacity
6.5' / 1.98 m
Counterbalance System
Weight System at Rear of Assembly (Not Included)
Height Range
3' / 0.91 m Above Tripod
Pan Range
Tripod Attachment
1/4"-20 Camera Attachment
Head Attachment
1/4"-20 Camera Attachment
Fold Down
3' / 0.91 m
12 lb / 5.44 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight
11 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
35 x 10.5 x 4.2"

CobraCrane BackPacker Reviews

Poor setup instructions.

By Ara
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-08

I was hoping for a quick and easy setup but it's fairly complicated. Using the extension would make you tear your hair out because after that getting it back to its original form is going to be a hassle. The company doesn't have a single video showing how it's done. All you'll find is jib shots, not assembly/disassembly. Which sort of defeats the purpose given that at 5 feet you could easily get the shot with a gimbal and call it a day. Adding the extension shouldn't be puzzle. I would not recommend this jib at all.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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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.
The jib does not have built in mounts to add an external monitor at the opposite end. If you wanted to add an external monitor you would have to buy the mount with screws and DIY into the frame.
Answered by: ISAAC P.
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
You can indeed invert the camera mounting plate, making it easily accessible to mount any accessory you could want on the camera end. I assume you'd be mounting a motorized tripod head, as when using this the camera will be well out of arms reach when the jib is fully extended. When using this jib, it's much easier to pan the entire rig as its attached through the tripod mount.
Answered by: Julie G.
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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