Have you ever been one of those photographers that buy equipment and half the time you never use it? I’m one of those that fit into that category. It’s not like you buy it “just because”; that item really comes in handy. A few years ago while attending Nature Visions Expo I came across the MeFOTO Roadtrip Tripod an aluminum tripod. What has always stopped me from traveling with a tripod was the size and weight. Then I found the MeFOTO and I use it a lot.
The cool thing about this tripod is the colors. Colors, colors, and more colors! The typical black and gray wasn’t even in my eyesight. At the time I was shooting Canon so I was very concerned about the weight. MeFOTO can support up to 17.6lbs of the DSLR’s and a telephoto lens. Now that I’m shooting with the Fujifilm X-T1 mirrorless the weight support has not been any problem. This tripod can also be easily packed into your luggage – especially your carryon (and it doesn’t take up much room). Weighing close to 3.6lbs, it is only 15.4” when folded and expands to 61.6” when extended.
Last October I took MeFOTO to the Badlands National Park, South Dakota. The 360-degree panning was excellent when shooting panoramas. The Recessed Center-Column Hook was also a great necessity. The second day was windy therefore if I had to add weight I could have used the hook to hang my camera bag on.
I’m still a fan of the midrange carbon tripods. If I were traveling in a vehicle, I would use a carbon. But when I’m flying with luggage and camera gear, the lighter tripod works for me.
Below are a few of my images taken of the Badlands. Camera used: Fujifilm X-T1 with the 18-135 F3.5-5.6 mm lens. To see more of my work, please visit my website: http://www.demeatriaphotography.com, Special Projects, Badlands National Park.