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MeFOTO Aluminum Backpacker Travel Tripod Kit - Red (A0350Q0R)

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  • Features: 360-degree Panning: Accurate panoramas can be easily orchestrated using the graduated panning scale for accurate image alignment. Two 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.
  • 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. Separate Head and Pan Lock: Individual head tension and lock knob as well as pan lock help make the right adjustment.
  • Precision Matched Q Series Ballhead: Dual action heavy duty ballhead with Arca-Swiss style compatible quick release plate. Integral Bubble: Level Allows adjustment to prevent uneven pans and head movements.
  • Compact: The tripod legs can be inverted and folded back 180 degrees making it small enough to carry just about anywhere. Five Leg Sections: Get the height you need and ultimate versatility. 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.
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Product Description

Color: Red

Product Description

The MeFOTO BackPacker is a super compact travel tripod that folds up inversely and fits inside most backpacks and suitcases. It's available in eight different colors and can be used for many different style cameras such as: point and shoot, smartphones and mirrorless. The BackPacker comes with a dual action Q series ballhead with Arca-Swiss style quick release plate. Carry case with shoulder strap included.

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MeFOTO BackPacker

The MeFOTO BackPacker Travel Tripod Kits provide an exceptional combination of materials, construction and features - plus a splash of color!

Great for point & shoot, mirrorless and micro 4/3 cameras. Only 12.6" when folded yet 51.2" extended, it weighs 2.6 lbs and can support up to 8.8 lbs.
MeFOTO BackPacker Features

8 colors Choose from 8 colors: black, blue, gold, green, orange, purple, red or titanium. tripod legs can be invertedThe tripod legs can be inverted and folded back 180° giving it a compact size of 12.6". five extendable leg sectionsFive extendable leg sections give you a height range of 16.5"-51.2". weighs only 2.6 lbs., but can support up to 8.8 lbs.The BackPacker only weighs 2.6 lbs but can support up to 8.8 lbs making it perfect for your point-and-shoot, mirrorless or smaller DSLR cameras.
two leg angle positionsTwo leg angle positions provide flexibility and enable shooting in cramped quarters or on irregular surface areas. twist lock legs Twist lock legs with anti-rotation system, paired with rubberized locking grips enable fast and fumble-free set-up plus weather and dust resistance. Q series ballheadComes with a precision matched Q series ballhead, Arca-Swiss style compatibility quick release plate and integral bubble level to prevent uneven pans and head movements. separate head and pan lock Separate head and pan lock secure your camera at any desired angle and obtain accurate panoramas with 360-degree panning.
  carry caseComes with a carry case for transport and protection. 5-year warrantyBacked by MeFOTO's 5 year warranty: 2 years at purchase + 3 years after registration.  
MeFOTO BackPacker Specifications

Maximum Load 8.8 lbs
Max Height (24° Leg Angle) w/ Column Extended 51.2 in (1310 mm)
Minimum Height 16.5" (420mm)
Folded Length 12.6 in (320 mm)
Number of Leg Sections 5
Leg Lock Type Twist lock
Center Column Fixed center column
Tilt Range -45° / +90°
Drag Control No
Panning Range 360°
Spiked Feet N/A
Separate Panning Lock Yes
Quick Release (QR) Plate Arca-Swiss Style (PU50)
Bubble Level Yes
Head Mount Thread Size 3/8”-16
Weight 2.6 lb (1.2 kg)
USB None
Housing High impact plastic with captive battery door
Weight 3.9 ounces (110 grams) with batteries installed
Dimensions Height: 4.2 inches (10.7 cm)
Width: 2.1 inches (5.3 cm)
Depth: 1.2 inches (3.0 cm)
Operating Temperature Above 5° F (-15° C) and below 120° F (50° C)
Storage Temperature Above -22° F (-30° C) and below 185° F (85° C) (without battery)
Input/Output 3.5mm (1/8”) stereo miniphone jack, hot shoe
Mounting Hot shoe, lanyard/D-Ring loop, ¼-20 threaded insert
In the Box Quick Guide
Stereo 3.5mm (1/8”) miniphone to miniphone cable
Mono 3.5mm miniphone to locking PC cable
Stereo 3.5mm miniphone to 6.3mm (¼”) adapter
Lanyard
RoHS Compliant Yes
Optional Accessories Isolation bar, trigger buttons, camera motor drive cables, PC cables and adapters, flash sync cables and protective case

Product Information

Color:Red
Product Dimensions 12.6 x 3 x 3 inches
Item Weight 2.6 pounds
Shipping Weight 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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ASIN B0083Z41QI
Item model number A0350Q0R
Customer Reviews
4.4 out of 5 stars 267 customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #357 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories > Tripods & Monopods > Complete Tripods
Date first available at Amazon.com May 17, 2012

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By M. Mullins on June 26, 2012
Color: Blue Verified Purchase
The Benro Mefoto tripod is a very solid little travel tripod. It's very stable with my Nikon D7000 and 18-200MM lens attached and in fact will support up to 8.8 pounds. It folds to about 12.5 inches, comes with a nice carrying case and will fit nicely in a daypack. The ball head is of high quality and has seperate knobs for pan and head tilt. It also is compatible with readily available arca swiss type mounting plates. It even has a bottom mounting hook to which you can attach a weight if you need more stability. The only small downside is that it takes a little longer to extend the legs with the twist locking mechism. All in all I'm very impressed with the Mefoto tripod. It compares very favorably with the Gitzo Traveler series at 1/5 the price. As the British would say "It's a solid piece of kit".
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Color: Titanium Verified Purchase
Due to the weight of some of my camera gear, I have a nice, sturdy (but compact) Gitzo tripod setup for traveling and "serious" tripod work. But I really wanted something lighter and even more compact that I could carry around in my daily walking bag, since I spend a lot of time walking through Seattle. Enter the Benro MeFoto. This tripod popped up on a Lightning Deal not very long ago, and after a quick look at the specs (height, max weight, folded length) I decided to take a risk and give it a try.

When it arrived, I was very impressed with the construction, it's well-put together for such a little thing. It also comes with a nice carrying case which I don't use often. The folded length is indeed nice and short, and fits perfectly in the bottom of my Timbuk2 "Small" Messenger bag. The attached ball head is Arca Swiss compatible, and has a twist clamp, so I can use it with the QR plates that are already on my camera. Folding the legs down and extending them is pretty quick work, although being twist lock legs I always have to triple-check the locks, because I usually miss one.

Once the tripod is set up, attaching the camera and adjusting the view is a quick and easy process, in either landscape or portrait orientation. I was pleased to find that it can, indeed, hold my Canon 60D with a 24-105mm lens attached - this is a moderately heavy setup, but the tripod doesn't even rock (unless, as another reviewer mentioned, it's in a windy area.) Since my main reason for the tripod was use around the city, particularly at night, I packed it around and did some long exposures in a few places to try it out.
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Color: Black Verified Purchase
I did a lot of research before buying this tripod. I read all the negative reviews and asked questions. And I finally chose this tripod. What were my criteria? The tripod must allow me to take tack-sharp long-exposures. It has to be light. It has to be fairly sturdy. It has to pack down small. And it has to use my existing camera plates and L-brackets.

A little background on me so you know I'm not just a casual user. I shoot professionally. I have quite a bit of equipment including 4 other tripods. So why would I need another one? I have a large tripod which is a Gitzo G1220 MkII with an Arca Swiss B-1 MonoBall Head and RRS flip-lock quick release. Another tripod was my "travel" tripod. It's a Gitzo G026 with a Kirk BH-3 Ball Head. The photo of the three tripods compares the MeFOTO to my two Gitzo tripods. You can see how the MeFOTO is very small in comparison to my other ones. It met the criteria for packing down small, however, I have one little complaint that I'll mention later.

Gitzos are known to be rock-solid, with a price tag to match. I'm used to using a tripod that when I set it up, it doesn't move. Not one bit. Even my smaller Gitzo would hold anything I put on it, without budging. To say the least, I have high expectations. Given the size and cost of the MeFOTO, it was relatively steady. It held a full-size professional body with a 70-200 f/2.8 lens (6 lb. 9 oz.), in several tilted positions without any movement of the ball head. I feel pretty confident that it will hold. It easily holds the travel setup that I'll be using, which weighs in at 3 lb. 14 oz. with filters. (shown in another photo) I'm sure it works great with smaller mirrorless systems. However, that's not to say that the MeFOTO won't have some movement. The legs are spindly and they flex. A lot.
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Color: Titanium Verified Purchase
Pros:
Weight, size (it fits any carry on baggage for travel), easy setup and build quality. Really stable!

Cons:
Head is not the best. The plate and screw used to attach the camera is poorly designed. Repeated use in vertical orientation (for portrait shots) the screw loosens under the weight of the camera (Nikon D7000 with Tamron 17-50mm) and this was after I tightened the screw using a coin.
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The reason I got this tripod(and kept it) is it's dominance in the niche market of ultraportable tripods. Other competitors include the Dolica TX570B150SL which I also bought and tested. While the 2 tripods are very similar in design and function, I will give the edge to Mefoto on the strength of its compactness, and solid design. Here are some of the pros and cons as I observed:

Pros
- ingenious folding design takes up about 12" almost an inch shorter than the Dolica. It will fit in my backpack sideways, even within its own bag (I use a Lowepro 22L hatchback camera backpack). No worries getting this tripod thru TSA with your carry on bags!
- ball head has solid feel in hand, requiring minimal twisting effort to secure your rig
- has detaching baseplate for quick on/off setup, I am able to get everything out of my bag and start taking pictures in 60secs
- bubble level in landscape mode (none in portrait mode)
- telescoping legs with quick lock/unlock mechanism

Cons
- thumb screw attachable baseplate rather than flip level turn screw (dolica wins here)
- poor anti-drop lock device, (Dolica has a release button such that must be pressed to detach camera, which is much safer design)
- cost, a bit pricier but then again, you get what you pay for.

5 stars

Update 7/15/2014:
This weekend I hiked Yosemite's Half Dome (18 miles, 5000 foot climb) and brought this baby along with my Canon EOS Rebel t4i and 18-135mm walk-about lens. Here is the field report:
I must say the weight is impressive. I was able to ascend the cable portion of the peak without ever feeling that weight was holding me back. The tripod gripped the granite fairly well, but I do notice some jitter with strong wind.
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