MeFOTO Travel Tripods – A Real Life Audition and Review

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As a highly renowned photo innovator and educator, MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Coach to the Pros Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) is constantly asked to evaluate the latest cameras, lenses and gear.  Of course, Will is also very well known for not mincing his words…  Good or bad, he’ll tell it like it is.

Sometimes, Will has products come across his desk that quite frankly, leave him less than enthused at first glance.  Such was the case with the new MeFOTO Travel Tripods from Benro.  Give them a cursory look and you’ll see that the MeFOTO Tripods are cut from a different mold than your average piece of stabilization equipment.  They come in all sorts of funky colors – not just black or really really really dark grey.  They also cost about half of what you would expect to pay for a top of the line tripod, so they just can’t be any good, right?  …or can they?

In the video above, Will puts the MeFOTO Tripods through a Real Life Audition to see if they can earn the Crockett Seal of Approval.  Can they win him over and earn a place in his camera bag?

Here’s Crockett’s Take on the MeFOTO Travel Tripods…

“I wasn’t to thrilled when I first laid my eyes on the new Travel Tripods from MeFOTO, but I soon discovered that they were small, light, low cost and easily fit inside my camera bag.  That’s not always the case with other tripods, but these little beauties are made to ride along with you everywhere you go and spring to life when you need them for photo and video.

The MeFOTO Travel Tripods are currently available in two models – the BackPacker and the RoadTrip – and each come in a variety of bright, fun colors which put me off a bit at first (I’m a traditional kind of guy, after all ~_^), but I have to admit that the colors kinda grew on me.  And as I took the MeFOTO Tripods out in public, I found that their bright colors were not just eye catching…  heck, these babies are conversation starters!  They each also come equipped with matching small ball heads, and they’re priced right.

OK…  so they’re purdy.  But could they meet my standards, and would I be able to use them with a pro DSLR, a pro mirrorless, or just a point and shoot?

To find out, I took them out and tested them in a variety of conditions to see if these MeFOTO Tripods are as sturdy and portable as claimed, how big of a camera they would support under Real Life conditions, and most importantly – what would my pro photo clients think when I showed up with a bright blue tripod?  Watch the Real Life Audition above and find out for yourself whether they might rate a spot in your camera bag…”  (Read article on DiscoverMirrorless.com)

MeFOTO Travel Tripods Features

  1. 360-degree Panning – Accurate panoramas can be easily orchestrated using the graduated panning scale for accurate image alignment.
  2. 2 Leg Angle Positions – For an extra measure of flexibility, tripod legs can be independently locked into place at two different angles to enable shooting in cramped quarters, on irregular surface areas, or at ground level.
  3. Recessed Center-Column Hook – A spring loaded recessed hook, located in the bottom of the center-column, allows you to hang additional weight from the tripod’s center of gravity for increased stability.
  4. Separate Head and Pan Lock – Individual head tension and lock knob as well as pan lock help make the right adjustment.
  5. Precision Matched Q Series Ballhead – Dual action heavy duty ballhead with Arca-Swiss style compatible quick release plate.
  6. Integral Bubble Head – Allows adjustment to prevent uneven pans and head movements.
  7. Compact – The tripod legs can be inverted and folded back 180° making it small enough to carry just about anywhere.
  8. Five Leg Sections – Get the height you need and ultimate versatility.
  9. Twist Lock Legs with Anti-Rotation System – MeFOTO’s innovative rubberized locking grips combined with anti-rotation legs enable fast and fumble-free set-up plus weather and dust-resistance.

2 Models to choose from…

The BackPacker (MeFOTO 1350Q0 Travel Tripod with Ballhead)

This model can extend up to 51.2″, has folding legs that collapse down to 12.6″,  weighs only 2.6lbs and can support up to an 8.8lbs. payload.

Features
• Solid Aluminum Tripod
• Titanium Color Accent
• Two-Position Leg Angle Stops
• Arca-Swiss Style QR Plate
• Separate Head and Pan Lock
• Integral Bubble Level

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The RoadTrip (MeFOTO 1350Q1A Travel Tripod with Ballhead – Titanium)

Great for both compact and full frame cameras.  This model extends to 61.6″ yet can fold to only 15.4″.  The MeFoto A1350Q1A weighs only 3.6lbs but can support up to 17.6lbs.  Plus…  it easily converts to a full size 64.0″ monopod.

Features
• Converts to Monopod
• Solid Aluminum Tripod
• Q Series Dual Action Ballhead
• Two-Position Leg Angle Stops
• Arca-Swiss Style QR Plate
• Separate Head and Pan Lock
• Integral Bubble Level

Get the MeFOTO Travel Tripods Here

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