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MeFOTO Classic Aluminum Backpacker Travel Tripod Kit - Black (A0350Q0K)
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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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|Color||Black||Black||Aluminum Aolly Black||Black||Black||—|
|Item Dimensions||12.6 x 3 x 3 in||15.4 x 3 x 3 in||15.8 x 4.9 x 4.9 in||12.4 x 4.13 x 4.13 in||16.1 x 3 x 3 in||—|
|Item Weight||2.6 lbs||3.6 lbs||2.89 lbs||2.44 lbs||4.6 lbs||1.54 lbs|
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.
From the Manufacturer
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.
|Choose from 8 colors: black, blue, gold, green, orange, purple, red or titanium.||The tripod legs can be inverted and folded back 180° giving it a compact size of 12.6".||Five extendable leg sections give you a height range of 16.5"-51.2".||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 positions provide flexibility and enable shooting in cramped quarters or on irregular surface areas.||Twist lock legs with anti-rotation system, paired with rubberized locking grips enable fast and fumble-free set-up plus weather and dust resistance.||Comes 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 secure your camera at any desired angle and obtain accurate panoramas with 360-degree panning.|
|Comes with a carry case for transport and protection.||Backed by MeFOTO's 5 year warranty: 2 years at purchase + 3 years after registration.|
|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°|
|Separate Panning Lock||Yes|
|Quick Release (QR) Plate||Arca-Swiss Style (PU50)|
|Head Mount Thread Size||3/8”-16|
|Weight||2.6 lb (1.2 kg)|
|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
|Optional Accessories||Isolation bar, trigger buttons, camera motor drive cables, PC cables and adapters, flash sync cables and protective case|
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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. And don't even think about extending the center column up any further. Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. I'm 5' 9" and without extending the center column, the camera sits plenty high enough for me to crouch over to see through the viewfinder. If you're using your LCD screen, it works even better.
As a workaround, I'm okay with not extending the smallest (and longest) leg sections which were also the springiest. But that wasn't the real culprit. The problem is the fixed extended center column. Any high wind or slight bump resonates through the center column and down through the legs. It wouldn't move nearly as much if the center column could be lowered, but then the additional hardware of another twist-lock would add to the weight. If you plan to do any time exposures using this tripod, be sure to use a remote release. There's a retractable hook on the bottom of the center column to hang your camera bag as a weight. I didn't find that the extra weight made much difference, and depending on your bag it might actually catch the wind and make it worse. Also, the legs fold out and lock at a wider spread, but because of the fixed center column, the minimum height is 16.75" to the top of the quick release. Not exactly low to the ground for macro work.
The ball head is small but strong. The quick release works perfectly with my existing Kirk L-brackets and plates. Some reviewers have complained that the quick release knob is difficult to turn. I don't know if they're referring to the screw on the bottom of the QR plate or the knob to tighten the QR clamp on the ball head. Whatever the case, camera plates are generally meant to stay on the camera. You shouldn't need to remove them even when you're not using the tripod. If you have more than one camera, get another QR plate. If you mount the plate properly on your camera, the knob to tighten the quick release is easy to reach and turn. I can tighten it plenty without any problems. Just to be clear, the plate goes on so that the camera moves side to side, not front to back when the QR is slightly loosened. (check out the photos) I keep the QR knob pointing forward to avoid bumping it with my chin or face.
The other complaint I read quite often are with the twist locks. I'm not sure what the issue is here. Yes, you must loosen them, tighten them, and then loosen them and tighten them again to use the tripod and then put it away. Get used to it. It's not that difficult. You don't have to torque it down all that much either for it to hold sufficiently, just be sure you've actually tightened every single lock BEFORE putting your camera on it. With any tripod I use, I usually test if the legs will hold—by pushing down on it—first before I trust it to hold $4,000 worth of gear I like that the legs don't rotate when I loosen the twist locks. That means I can loosen all the locks on each leg with just one twist, and then extend the leg. It's just as convenient when you collapse the legs. One twist and they're all tight enough for storage. Simple.
So here's my other complaint. It's a design complaint, and it's rather nit-picky. When the tripod is collapsed and folded, the way the ball head is designed doesn't allow the legs to fold in tightly. If you look at the photo, you'll see what I mean. There's a bit of a gap because the quick release is in the way. Ideally, if the vertical orientation slot, the main knob, and the panning knob on the ball head's body where positioned at 12 o'clock, 4 o'clock, and 8 o'clock (120 degrees apart, see photo), the quick release could fold down into the vertical orientation slot and all the legs could fold up in between everything. The only alternative is the tilt up one side of the quick release clamp slightly. (see the photo) Folded in this way, the tripod is exactly 12.5" long and about 3.5" in diameter. And, by the way, with the QR plate, the tripod weighs exactly 2 lb. 9.5 oz. or 1,175 grams.
What else should you know? The fit and finish are top quality, despite the Made in China label. The leg angle locks have just the right amount of resistance. The twist locks have a rubber coating and the legs have rubber tips that do not remove. The ball head has a bubble level on top and has markings around the circumference for panoramic work. The quick release clamp can be removed with the included hex key if you want to use a different quick release clamp. The entire ball head can be removed if you want to use a pan and tilt head for video. The leg locks and ball head are available in lots of different colors, but I chose black because it doesn't stand out from my bag or draw any undue attention to my equipment when I'm traveling. It comes packed a nice zippered nylon case with carrying strap, but I doubt I'll use it because it takes up too much room. Overall, it's very well made and worth the price.
(Both tripods sent to me were clearly unused and in their original packaging.)
The tripod itself looks exactly to be what I needed. It is light, folds compactly and would fit in my backpack with ease. Unfortunately, at this price, I do want a ballhead, so I'll look elsewhere.
- They're nearly the same weight. Promaster is 2lb 8oz, Mefoto is 2lb 10oz, so a 2oz difference that's not noticeable.
- Both are nearly the same size when folded up.
- I liked the ball head on the Promaster. It's much more fluid and feels sturdier. The MeFoto knob didn't fully release the ball head, so you had to put a bit of push into it to get it to move.
- The Promaster has a lot more levels. There's one on the legs so you can easily see if your legs are level. I didn't think of this, but it's helpful since there's 3 positions the legs lock into and it's easy to lock one of the three in a different angle. It also has 2 levels on the plate, one so you can level for portraits too.
- The Promaster has 3 locking angles for the legs instead of 2 for MeFoto
- I didn't like the tab that you have to pull out of the MeFoto legs to get them to adjust--it was difficult and you have to remember to push the tab back into place. The Promaster has a thumb push on a spring so it goes back into place.
- The Promaster's main head rod descends so your camera rests on the legs. The MeFoto main head rod is always about 9inches above the legs, making it seem more unstable.
- Promaster has a monopod option. It's not very tall, like 4 feet, and I don't think I'll ever use it.
- I liked the locking plate on the Promaster better. Felt more secure. Also comes with a D-ring screw so you don't need to fish around for a coin to tighten the plate to your camera.
- I did like the feel of the MeFoto's leg locking mechanisms more. It only took a half turn to lock and unlock the legs. The Promaster takes 2 turns to tighten which is more annoying.
- The Promaster