MeFOTO RoadTrip Classic Lightweight 61.6" Aluminum Travel Tripod/Monopod w/Case, Twist Locks, Triple Action Ballhead w/Arca Swiss Plate for Mirrorless/DSLR Sony Nikon Canon Fuji - Orange (A1350Q1C)
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- The MeFOTO RoadTrip is a compact travel camera tripod that folds up inversely and turns into a monopod. When incorporated with the MeFOTO SideKick iPhone tripod mount (not included), the RoadTrip makes the perfect choice. Available in several colors.
- 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. CompactThe 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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From the manufacturer
We were tired of the all black tripod, so we came up with something that's smaller, lighter, and doesn't weigh you down, topped off with a spritz of color.
Accurate panoramas can be easily orchestrated using the graduated panning scale for accurate image alignment.
Supports up to 17.6 lbs
Weighs just 3.6lb yet strong enough to support a full DSLR and telefoto lens
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
The tripod legs can be inverted and folded back 180° making it small enough to carry just about anywhere.
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.
Also a Monopod
Who says you can't teach a tripod new tricks? The RoadTrip tripod converts into a monopod. The removable leg and center column combine to make a full size monopod without tools.
Carry Case included
Each MeFOTO comes with its own carrying case for transport and protection.
|MeFOTO BackPacker Classic||MeFOTO BackPacker S||MeFOTO RoadTripper Classic||MeFOTO RoadTripper S||MeFOTO GlobeTrotter Classic||MeFOTO GlobeTrotter S|
|Product Weight (lb)||Aluminum: 2.6 lb||Aluminum: 2.5 lb Carbon Fiber: 2.2 lb||Aluminum: 3.6 lb Carbon Fiber: 3.1 lb||Aluminum: 3.4 lb Carbon Fiber: 2.9 lb||Aluminum: 4.6 lb Carbon Fiber: 3.7 lb||Carbon Fiber: 3.5 lb|
|Leg Material||Aluminum||Aluminum or Carbon Fiber||Aluminum or Carbon Fiber||Aluminum or Carbon Fiber||Aluminum or Carbon Fiber||Carbon Fiber|
|Maximum Load (lb)||8.8 lb||13.2 lb||17.6 lb||17.6 lb||26.4 lb||26.5 lb|
|Folded Length (in)||12.2 in||13.19 in||15.4 in||13.98 in||16.1 in||15.75 in|
|Minimum Height (in)||16.5 in||13.2 in||15.4 in||14 in||16.1 in||15.7 in|
|Maximum Height (in)||51.6 in||54.7 in||61.6 in||59.4 in||64.2 in||61.6 in|
|Head Type||Ball Head||Ball Head||Ball Head||Ball Head||Ball Head||Ball Head|
|Quick Release Type||Arca-Swiss Style||Arca-Swiss Style||Arca-Swiss Style||Arca-Swiss Style||Arca-Swiss Style||Arca-Swiss Style|
|Colors||Black, Titanium, Blue, Red, Green, Orange, Purple||Black, Titanium, Blue, Red, Green||Black, Titanium, Blue, Red, Green, Orange, Purple||Black, Titanium, Blue, Red, Green||Black, Titanium, Blue, Red, Green||Black, Titanium|
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The MeFOTO RoadTrip is a compact travel tripod that folds up inversely and also turns into a full size monopod without the use of any tools. It's available in eight different colors and can be used for many different style cameras such as: point and shoot, mirrorless and DSLR with a zoom lens. The RoadTrip 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, micro 4/3 and DSLR cameras, plus converts to a monopod in seconds. Only 15.4" when folded yet 61.6" when extended, it weighs 3.6 lbs and can support up to 17.6 lbs.
|The RoadTrip tripod converts into a full size, 64" monopod by screwing together the removeable center column and tripod leg.||The tripod legs can be inverted and folded back 180° giving it a compact size of 15.4".||Five extendable leg sections give you a height range of 15.4"-61.6".||The RoadTrip only weighs |
3.6 lbs. but can support up to
17.6 lbs. making it perfect for your mirrorless or DSLR cameras.
|Two leg angle posititions 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.|
|Choose from 8 colors: black, blue, gold, green, orange, purple, red or titanium.||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||17.6 lbs (8 kg)|
|Max Height (24° Leg Angle) w/ Column Extended||61.6 in (1565 mm)|
|Minimum Height||15.4 in (390 mm)|
|Folded Length||15.4 in (390 mm)|
|Max Height Converted to Monopod||64 in (1625 mm)|
|Number of Leg Sections||5|
|Leg Lock Type||Twist lock|
|Center Column||Yes. Attaches to leg section to convert to full size monopod.|
|Tilt Range||-45° / +90°|
|Separate Panning Lock||Yes|
|Quick Release (QR) Plate||Arca-Swiss Style (PU50)|
|Head Mount Thread Size||1/4”-20|
|Weight||3.6 lbs (1.6 kg)|
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Quality materials? Check.
Smooth and solid ball head? Check.
Legs lock tight? Check.
Camera feels secure when extended to max height? Check.
Quick release plate is easy to mount to camera? UH OH!
What are they thinking that this important plate is missing a D-Ring feature for tightening and loosening from the camera?? And why should it slide back and forth in it's slot on the head with no "catch" of any kind?
This is almost a deal-breaker for an otherwise fine tripod, and I am surprised it is not (?) mentioned in a review.
I read the reviews, did my homework, but missed this if someone else had mentioned it. But now you know.
Do consider this as you finalize your decisions.
Not only could this not hold my camera without a bit of creep, but the knobs broke, couldn't hold still and I lost one of the pieces of plastic on the foot of a tripod leg (that leg then kept getting stuck inside the telescoping mechanism). At one point, I tried to use my 70-200 and it just completely sank. Again, I know this tripod isn't built for that type of weight but I thought it might at least kind of work.
I think I got three usable shots from this tripod, from the first two days, before it became inoperable. The bummer is that I've used (and still use) meFOTO stuff and it's generally exactly what you pay for, so I hope that this is a fluke. Maybe this would be worth it as a $30 tripod, but for $150 it's straight up theft. Don't buy this.
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.
Top international reviews
Beautifully thought out and designed with engineering to match. Eloquently simple. Having used Manfrotto forever I was concerned about the Twist Lock legs and centre column but they work really well with a firm response and no need for excessive tightening.
The ball head is similarly engineered with similar response and the added touch of a small adjuster for friction allowing for smooth movement. Ditto the panning/ tracking control.
I would have preferred the simplicity of a screw in hook à la Cullman but the advantage in the Mefoto is that it's always there and you won't forget it, except that it needs to be removed to assemble the monopod. The only design criticism I can come up with.
The only compromise for me is not being able to set the centre column horizontally, (which has always been a great bit of thinking by Manfrotto) but, with various arrangements of leg angles you can find a way around
The price is on the high side but the simplicity and quality absolutely justify that and are, for me (retired technician), very reassuring
As a travel tripod, it is of course a compromise and you can expect a slight flexing that would benefit from the weight of a camera bag if you're on a pebble beach on a windy day and, I would always use the solidity of the frotto 190 Xprob for real macro work or those Landscapes where you've been waiting forever for the right light or weather.
Otherwise, the Mefoto is a joy and a huge relief for my aging back and herniated discs!
I don't hesitate in recommending it. A high quality bit of kit.
I spent a lot of time researching possible options before buying this tripod and I believe I have made the right choice.
The tripod is compact when folded. Once opened up it is very sturdy and is very easy to use. It also has a quality feel about it and is really well built. I would say the main points are:
- Compact and easy to carry, the folded height is around 15 inches and the case is excellent.
- Sturdy once unfolded with my Panasonic GH3 (or G6) with a variety of lenses. I have also use it with a Canon 60d with 70-300mm lens and it feels just as stable. If the wind gets stronger I would avoid using the smaller extensions on the legs (but that can be the same with lots of tripods).
- I really like the ball head and the way it adjusts. I have an older Giottos tripod with a Manfrotto 468MG Hydrostatic head and the Mefoto head is almost as easy to use.
- The ability to turn it into a monopod is useful and saves taking away another piece of equipment while travelling.
- Operating height is fine (I am 6 feet) and have found no issue using it. It can extend from 15 inches to 5 feet 4 inches.
I used this tripod extensively while on a 2 day photo trip around Dorset at the end of March, I took photos inland, on the coast (mounted on rocks and beach) and I think it is perfect for what I needed.
In short if you are looking for a travel tripod that is compact and yet sturdy once in use I would recommend the Mefoto Roadtrip. I bought the Red one and I think it looks great as well.
The legs are hardly sturdy, its only just high enough for me but with care I can use it, I can get it with me when out and it helps stabilize the camera. My wife took one look and ordered one herself, said things like she could use it rather than leave it at home.
There are weaknesses, but anything this light will have them, as far as we are concerned the advantages outweigh all the disadvantages as we can move about with it BUT be ware its no replacement for brilliant £700 + tripods and there body building capacity's.
The RoadTrip is well able to hold my Sony A7, with a 400mm lens, using the lens tripod mount. The ball head is solid and able to hold that setup without any slipping. Everything is well lubricated, nice to the touch and and feels nice to twist and turn. The panning is smooth and feels really professional to me.
The legs are easily able to hold the weight and would hold more, I reckon: it would hold a SLR camera with a moderate size lens I think. I sent the Globetrotter back because this RoadTrip is a little smaller, a little lighter, fits into its case nicely and is more than enough for my needs. This is a perfect little tripod. If you have a heavy SLR and like to use long, fast lenses, then the GlobeTrotter would be a better bet for a portable tripod - but that's not a comment based on actual experience of that setup. (You're also likely to have a bigger budget and will be looking at a more expensive market of tripods!) But for a smaller setup, like mine, this is proven perfect.
It's small, stable, has a good quick-release plate, extends high enough, is able to hold a moderate weight and is easy to carry.
The tripod is fairly solid and quite light, it's easy to use and holds camera with grip and lens easily. The twist grips on the legs are easy and quick to operate & holding up the camera high in the air on the monopod leg makes for interesting shots, used wi-fi app for live view shooting, handy. I'm six foot tall and with the camera on (minus grip) I'm not breaking/bending my back to look straight into the viewfinder when the tripod is fully up. The panning head is also nice and smooth to use for you video people out there.
On balance for the folded size and weight versus price, MeFoto have a great product.
Canon 5D III with 24-70 was not very stable in any kid of breeze.
Fuji XT2 with 18-55 seems to be the limit of the tripod.
Nice little carry case, packs up very small and very light too.
Build quality of the fixings is ok but carbon legs scratch easily.
It is a tripod that I will be carrying with me more as the weight and size is so small that it is not the burden that a larger/heavier tripod brings with it.
Overall this tripod is just right for the job and I would fully recommend for any traveller that needs good support.
It's very compact when folded away in it's bag, not too heavy and the ability to use one leg as a monopod is a real bonus. The ball head works very well and supports my Sony SLT-A77 and 55-300mm Telephoto in position very solidly.
A professional might turn their nose up but for an enthusiastic amateur like me it's an outstanding piece of kit. Highly recommended
away. This is a well made product. There is an impressive array of colours to choose from. There were no instructions on how to use the tripod
when sent to me but they are available on line and easy to follow. There is a quality carrying case included in the price which will be very handy.
Would recommend this tripod/monopod combo.