What's the best camera jib for DSLRs

What's the best camera jib for DSLRs

The CobraCrane BackPacker camera jib designed for DSLRs and handheld cameras weighing up to 6.5 lbs. (3kg), is easy to set up; creates dramatic, cinematic shots in a confined area, and can be retracted and easily carried with you, wherever your shoot takes you. 

Best in Class

The BackPacker camera jib is our most popular single arm crane and meets the demands of professional videographers needing both quick setup times and professional booming, sliding, swinging and tilting motions in a confined area. More demanding users choose to use the BackPacker camera jib over any other camera crane in the market today.

BackPacker with Weight bar fully retracted

BackPacker with partially retracted weight bar

Fast, Easy Setup

The BackPacker camera jib can be setup in seconds. Simple quick release knobs allow the weight bar to retract and extend effortlessly, making setup and breakdown fast and efficient.

Works in confined areas

Obviously the BackPacker camera jib can Boom, Swing and Tilt (and optionally pan). But it can also do it in small places. You can use one in a house to shoot a home video, or shoot a video of the home. You can set it up in a cave or a small shack and shoot nature and the outdoors. Set one up behind the bench at a high school ball game. Set one up in an operating room and shoot straight down from above. Shoot from a variety of locations for extreme sports and use the swing and tilt capability of the BackPacker camera jib to get the most dramatic extreme footage. The versatility of the BackPacker camera jib makes it a great tool for so many different types of shots.

A wide variety of people use the BackPacker camera jib

Cobracrane offers a wide variety of camera cranes for virtually any DSLR starting at only $99.99.  The Cobracrane BackPacker can support a full size DSLR up to 6.5lbs.The BackPacker camera jib is just too easy to use, too easy to carry, too effective to not be part of your work tools. You see them at weddings, parades and sporting events. Since they are easy to pickup and move around - even mounted on your lightweight tripod - wedding professionals love them as they constantly moving around with their gear.

Carry it with youOutdoor shooters who spend a lot of time and energy hiking in and hiking out will really appreciate the BackPacker’s small size and light weight, when it comes to getting to and from the shoot. Their customers will truly appreciate the efforts when they view the incredible effects the BackPacker camera jib adds to your every shot. Our optional Back Pack (get it?) Carry Bag for the BackPacker camera jib not only comes with backpack straps, but also shoulder and carry straps making it even more convenient and easy to get your equipment to and from your remote locations.

For people who shoot real estate and homes, the Backpacker camera jib is small and easy to manage, so you can get the absolute best videos possible when presenting your product to the market. The BackPacker camera jib can get amazing shots from high or low angles and best of all it can do beautiful, smooth, marketable videos of your properties way beyond the competition. Your prospects will be living in the presentation.

BackPackers are used for all sorts of sporting events. Used in any amateur court or field sports, like football, basketball, soccer, baseball or any other wide area sport. Use a BackPacker camera jib up high in the stands to get beautiful swinging panoramic shots of high punts, kickoffs and return runs, long clutch passes and the game winning homerun. Set it up behind the bench and get the camera up and over the player’s heads and then get it down to ground level and capture the players emotion or the coach’s determination. BackPacker camera jibs can help capture the wrestler’s grit, the unbelievable shot on the billiards table, the intense focus of a figure skater, or that special smile of victory. And of course that Agony of defeat.

Tilt with Pan Handle

Swing 360 degrees

Boom independent of tilt


Compact size

Breaks down to only 42" for easy transport. Easy to transport, easy to use in confined area.


Easy to carry, can take on the plane, less cost to ship

Sets up quickly

You are ready to get the shot and don’t have to waste time assembling your gear


Made of rugged steel

Powdercoat finish

Resists scratches, eliminates reflections


Boom, Swing, variety of tilting capabilities


Optional 3 foot extension kit available to get higher reach. Optional cable operated Pan head for camera positioning

Hollow channels

Guide your cables inside the tubes for neater presentation

Versatile Mount

Works on a very wide range of tripods, benefits from fluid head


Length 60" / 152cm
Length from pivot to camera 36" / 91cm
Construction Steel
Payload Capacity 6.5 lbs. / 3kg.
Counterbalance System Barbell weights or Optional Weight bag. (Not Included)
Height 96” / 246 cm
Boom Range From 90cm above to 90cm below tripod head
Tilt Lock Locks with existing fluid head tilt lock
Tilt Drag Drags with existing fluid head tilt drag
Tilt Range Up to 90 degrees forward, 60 degrees back
Swing Lock Locks with existing fluid head pan lock
Swing Drag Drags with existing fluid head pan drag
Swing Range 360°
Tripod Attachment Uses existing release plate
Tripod Types Works with any video tripod
Head Attachment 1/4-20 Camera Attachment (included)
Fold Down 42".  /110 cm 
Weight 12 lbs / 5.9 kilos 
Recommened Tripod 6.5 kilo capacity and up
Aprox. Counterweight 3.5 * your camera weight


Accessories to Enhance your Work

The BackPacker works with a variety of helpful accessories making your work easier at every step. 

Adding remote monitoring and remote controls makes your work more enjoyable

Complete Cinematography Kits 

Our BackPacker cinematography kits are complete bundles that can include monitors, controllers, carry bags, and even tracking dollies. We have a variety of kits available combining the BackPacker with the appropriate accessories to meet your need and your budget.

Buying in bundles will provide you not only a lower cost per item, but also savings on shipping as we can put some smaller items inside some of the larger boxes, lowering the overall shipping cost.

Please call 949 510-7249 or email, for more info and to design the kit that meets your exclusive needs. 

5 foot BackPacker
  • 5 foot BackPacker


5 foot BackPacker Kit with Bag Set
  • 5 foot BackPacker 
  • 42” Padded BackPack 
  • Weight Bag


8 foot BackPacker X with Bag Set
  • 5 foot BackPacker
  • 3 foot Extension Kit
  • 42” Padded BackPack
  • Weight Bag


8 foot BackPacker X w/ Pan Head
  • 5 foot BackPacker
  • 3 foot Extension Kit
  • Cable operated Pan Head



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