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MeFoto RoadTrip Convertible Tripod Kit with 5 Section Aluminium Legs - Gold

by MeFOTO

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  • Also a Monopod - Who says you can't teach a tripod new tricks? The RoadTrip tripod converts into a monopod. The removable leg and centre column combine to make a full size monopod without tools.
  • Travel Friendly - This little number folds down to a quarter of its' extended size, making it small enough to fit in your carry-on, shoulder bag, or backpack.
  • Supports up to 8Kg - Strong enough to support a full DSLR and telephoto lens.

Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 39.1 x 7.6 x 7.6 cm ; 1.6 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 2.2 Kg
  • Item model number: A1350Q1A
  • ASIN: B009A17FN0
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 14 Mar. 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Product Description

Product Description

The MeFOTO RoadTrip Travel Tripod Kits provide an exceptional combination of materials, construction and features - plus a splash of colour! Great for point & shoot, mirror-less, micro 4/3 and DSLR cameras with larger lenses. Plus converts to a monopod in seconds. Only 39cm when folded yet 156cm extended, it weighs 1.6Kg and can support up to 8Kg.

Each MeFOTO Tripod Kit comes with its own carrying case for transport and protection, and is backed by MeFOTO's 3-Year Warranty.

Box Contains

Tripod
Ballhead
Quick Release Plate
Case with Shoulder Strap

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Actually did the review for the wrong colour! Just to say its a great tripod. V v pleased with it. Folds to nothing, grows to full size. Great head.
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112 of 114 people found the following review helpful
Quite powerful and compact 13 April 2013
By Andy L. - Published on Amazon.com
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I was worried this tripod wouldn't hold up to my main tripod that is a full-sized carbon-fiber manfrotto with a Really Right Stuff BH-40 head but I have been really impressed with it. I have been using the full-sized tripod for a while and was afraid that I would be making some sacrifices for size of the MeFoto, however that has not proven true.

After a solid week of shooting in Costa Rica plus a number of small time uses here are my thoughts:
- Super compact and relatively light. I only brought one large photo backpack bag to Costa Rica and this easily attached to the outside without notice, something other tripods can't do.

- Relatively easy set-up. Not the biggest fan of the screw legs (my only design complaint), however you can open them all and close them all at once when they are in the collapsed position.

- Held a Nikon D200 + 70-300 vr with absolutely no problems. Big bodies with anything larger then 70-200 may struggle at full extension, however without the very last leg section expanded it is significantly beefier.

- Monopod is super convenient and an awesome feature I use all the time now that I never knew I wanted/needed.

- Easy to take apart the legs and clean sand out of every crevice

- Ball-head is decent, obviously no RRS BH-40 but not bad for being included and held everything just fine.

Overall I would say this is nearly competes with tripods that are significantly more expensive but the size and portability makes me just want to use it from now on.
96 of 98 people found the following review helpful
Nice step up from a cheap tripod 5 Dec. 2012
By Jeremy S - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this tripod after a year trying to use my cheap tripod with a Canon t3i. I wanted a tripod that I could easily carry with me on a hike and since I found myself often in situations where I wanted a monopod, the ability to convert to a monopod was also a feature I wanted.

When I first tried this tripod out I was immediately impressed by how much of an improvement a ball head makes. Positioning me camera is easy now and it locks firmly in place without any sag. I like that the ball head is removable which means that if I later feel the need to upgrade (which as a hobbyist seems unlikely) I can do so in stages either by replacing just the ball head or just the tripod legs.

The legs extend quickly and lock firmly but were a bit stiff when adjusting the angle but this was quickly fixed with the included allen wrench.

The tripod also includes metal spikes which can replace the default rubber pads when necessary. Simply unscrew the rubber feet and screw in the spikes. I did miss them when I first pulled the tripod out of the box because they are in an inner pocket of the carrying case which is somewhat easy to miss if you don't know its there

With all sections of the legs extended the tripod can flex a bit and loses a little of its stability but I found that hanging my camera bag from the hook on the center post helped quite a bit.

Finally, converting to a monopod is reasonably quick, requiring that the leg with the foam pad be unscrewed, the hook assembly unscrewed, and the center post is then screwed onto the leg.

In summary I am very pleased with this tripod and it fulfills my travel need nicely
71 of 73 people found the following review helpful
excellent tripod for the price and weight 21 Mar. 2013
By William Porter - Published on Amazon.com
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Purchased this tripod to take on an international trip. For work at home I have both Manfrotto and Slik tripods that are very good — and very heavy. I own another very lightweight Benro tripod with a ball head and although it's not a "serious" tripod, I liked it well enough for what it is that I was willing to give this MeFoto a try. And I like it very much.

Its main virtue is portability. It fits into a bag so small I can get it into my suitcase. And it's (pretty) lightweight.

Of course portability would have no point if the tripod weren't usable, but it definitely is. You have to accept some compromises here, obviously. To keep the tripod very packable, Benro broke the legs into several sections, and of course it's lightweight, too. It is simply not as stable as my heavy Slik tripod—but I don't expect it to be. Nevertheless the Benro is quite stable, very satisfactory, even holding a full-frame camera with a biggish Sigma lens attached, plus a flash for remote triggering.

One last point: I haven't used ball heads a lot in the past and this one took me just a little getting used to, but I rather like it. The different control knobs let me get the camera oriented exactly right, and fairly quickly. And the ball head locks tight—no worries there!

I'm rating this one five stars because it's a champ IN ITS WEIGHT CLASS and in consideration of its affordability. You can certainly find better tripods that are more stable, but you'll be hard pressed to find one that's better than the MeFoto and is also this lightweight, this inexpensive, and this compact.
57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
MeFoto to the rescue! 18 Jun. 2013
By T. Streiff - Published on Amazon.com
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The MeFoto tripod is not a cheaply manufactured tripod. I bought it based on all the glowing reviews and the fact that I need a light and transportable tripod for traveling and walking around. I have a Slik tripod that weighs about 3 times as much and is much bigger folded and in general size. I wasn't sure what to expect but I was very pleasantly surprised.

My concern was finding a tripod that was A) lightweight and good for traveling and carrying around without much fanfare. B) can hold a full-frame DSLR comfortably with a decent size lens without fear of bending or toppling over and can support up to 20 lbs. (Nikon D700 with grip + bigger lenses) C) can support any ballhead and/or comes with a decent one that truly can support some weight. The MeFoto happlily meets all my criteria!

The ballhead the tripod comes with is removable and you can easily screw on any head you want. I tried one of my "ballheads" (more like a ballhead with pistol grip) which I love, and it just didn't make sense on this tripod. I found the ballhead on the MeFoto to be more than adequate to hold my D700 with Grip + Tamron 70-300 lens without a slight budge. This small ballhead is incredible. It is smooth, easy to operate, and I am in love. I wish I could find the exact replacement ball head for my other tripods and monopod. I'd buy a few. If anyone knows of a replacement only available for purchase, please hit me up here!

The Road Trip comes with 5 extendable legs. I was leary about "twist" legs, coming from the lever type, and I find i really do love these legs! The legs are easy expand or collapse and hold in place firmly. I can easily get these legs out and setup before my old slick tripod with the "lever" type of legs. I find I prefer to setup by expanding 4 of the 5 legs, and leave the last segment collapsed. It seems to keep the tripod a little more steady when using a heavy setup. Not that I wouldn't setup all five legs and trust them. Just for my purposes of testing and use, this works for me so far. If I extend the column I can see fine through the viewfinder without much discomfort and may have to bend a little. I am 5' 10" and have no problems with it.

A nice nylon zipped carrying case comes with this package. Inside the case is a little pocket for storage. This pocket also contains a set of spiked leg caps for rough landscape terrain like water, sand, snow, dirt, ice and mud. There is an allen wrench for making adjustments as needed.

There is a hook at the bottom of the column that you can hang a bag on for stability. I have used this and hung my 20 lb. camera bag on it without any problem. This allowed for great anchoring of the tripod and limited movement in windy situations. The monopod idea is also an awesome idea. I have tried to assemble the tripod by unscrewing the padded leg and column and putting it together, which took 30 seconds tops. I haven't tried using it for any real world projects yet, but I see no issues with it.

The Slik stays in my truck and can go on small excursions or landmarks close by. I want a tripod I can attach to a backpack or throw into some luggage without taking up a lot of room and creating a lot of weight. I want a tripod that is sturdy and doesn't cause me any worry. I want a tripod that will prove to be durable and easy to use. The MeFoto Road Trip is that tripod. You'd be hard-pressed to find a tripod within this class and price-point featuring this fit, finish, usability, and features. I'd highly recommend the MeFoto Road Trip series for most DSLR's out there!

For pictures of the MeFoto set up and size, please see the comments section of this post.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Portable & Solid, cheapest of the non-crap tripods 2 Mar. 2014
By Retired Engineer - Published on Amazon.com
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This was my first non-crap tripod. I still have it and use it.
Tripods that won't drop your $1000 camera aren't cheap. This one folds up pretty small and extends to a large size.
The ball head has two knobs, one to get it snug and the other tightens progressively. If you are careful, you can loosen it just enough to fine-tune your camera position without it going all loosey-goosey on you. This takes practice.
It uses an Allan wrench to lock the foot onto the camera. It comes with this Allan wrench. The foot tightens less-than-adequately on the camera. It will become loose if you twist the camera without loosening the tripod's pan-lock knob. Not all tripod feet let go this easily. It won't happen if you remember to loosen the pan-lock knob when you want to pivot the camera.

The leg extensions have twist-locks. This is an easy and elegant solution for several reasons. However, if you are the type of person who forgets to tighten one of these, there is no visual way to know it isn't tight until you see your tripod falling over from the unlocked leg-section telescoping down. Always use your hands to feel if they are locked tight. The alternative is to get a tripod with lever-locks on the legs. Not an option with this MeFoto product. Know your gear and use it correctly ;^)

You can remove one leg and use it alone as a monopod. I have not tried this.

This light-duty tripod has held my Nikon D7000, Canon 71D, Pentax K-3, and a Mamiya C2. With larger lenses on these cameras (and the Mamiya by itself), this tripod feels top-heavy, but has never dropped a camera.
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