Tripods lighter and smaller or bigger and more expensive? I think I might really be looking at lighter and smaller and this is one candidate? Anyone used the MeFoto? I really like the idea of it being convertible to the monopod that is just a great design inclusion others have not done
I saw the mefoto recently and it looked like a perfect travel tripod. I am only owning a massive Induro CT404 which I love. I might stick with the Induro range and try to find a lighter one … but the mefoto looks great … +Brent Burzycki
I've got a similar tripod called FotoPro, same colour, almost the same head and legs. Lots of functions for the money and definitely a travel tripod
MeFoto = Benro. They are good. You can google reviews.
I need a lighter and more usable tripod, mine weighs a ton and has screws for legs, takes forever to setup. Also i have to screw my cam direct to the head as the click on thingy is broken.
not a bad price really.
My current tripod is also a monster and weighs a ton.. But a tripod is a necessary evil sometimes…
indeed, i hear you.
The key question is (for me anyway): how much can the lighter tripod hold? A Canon 5D3 and most L glass combined are a pretty heavy combo. Can these tripods support the heavier DSLR's?
I have one very similar. Mine is a Horus Bennu and looks like it came from the same factory as this one.
Portability is a compromise, but I'm happy with mine. Mine is only 4 leg segments, instead of 5.
So is Benro making this for them?
MeFoto is a Benro's brand.
thanks +Oleg Perejogin and +Kamal Tailor it makes sense to rebrand – just always makes me wonder what the heck I am actually buying…
As I understand MeFoto was created by Benro as a low-end brand for amateur photographers. Korean Benro website list MeFoto as spearate line of tripods. http://www.benrokorea.co.kr/shop/main/index.php
Difference between Benro and MeFoto is that MeFoto tripod have funny colors and sold only as kits, while Benro tripod don't have any color options, but you can mix and match different tripod sizes and heads.
I have looked at them several times, but not pulled the trigger. My wallet, not their construction made the decision. They seem really sturdy for what they are.
I recently saw an episode of Digital Rev TV and it's +David Hobby 's (the strobist) travel tripod of choice and according to him it is everything you want in a travel tripod: sturdy, light and portable.
I have it, I dig it. For general use. Long exposure I go for something heavier. But for everything else, it's perfect. Would totally recommend it.
I have one. I agree that it's pretty good. I have a heavier duty tripod too, but the MeFoto one has one feature that makes me carry it– it's small and light.
I like the monopod conversion. The ball head is pretty good. It comes with spikes or rubber feet.
I've taken some longer exposures and they seem fine to me, though I haven't done a close inspection.
For my purposes and for its price, I'm glad I bought one.
Long Exposure is one of my things I want to do more of… But it's one of these and use my old monster for the few I do or upgrade the monster to really right stuff and I could but 15 of these for the price of one RRS unit..
I used to say a great tripod was also needed for pano work but that not even that true anymore..
+Brent Burzycki I would use some caution with LE and this tripod. It's ok for calm conditions but with any wind, I've noticed some small movement. For LE I'll always default to my Vanguard heavy tripod, even when traveling. I just take off the ballhead and place both in my checkon luggage. Having said that, this tripod may be fine, I just happen to have both so I don't tempt fate.
It has a hook at the bottom to hand some heavy balls if you need more stability.
+Kris Vockler I am also looking for something for my new addition the Sony RX100-2 – since I was forced to buy something since my other camera got ripped off… I might opt for a tiny tripod for that thou or a gorilla pod etc…
I have a little RX-100 as well and use the Gorilla pod for that. It also fits nice on top of this. I believe it came with two mounting plates. I carry this tripod and the Gorilla when I travel. I use a Nikon D600 and a Fujifilm X-e1, the D600 can feel a little wobbly on this. That is why I don't trust it 100% for LE. The wobble is in the connection of the bullhead tube and the ring it slides up and down in. Regular landscape, for example, this and the D600 are just fine. Hope that helps in your selection process! 🙂
+Kris Vockler huge help.. I am using a D300S with grip – 200 F2.8 etc – its not light and I think you helped me decide I need to go the other way and grab a gorilla pod..
What gorilla pod are you using?
Sort of looking at the SLR but the mag one scares me….
Oh, heck, not a special one. One of the earlier when there was like, oh, one pod. 🙂
One pod… Oh the humanity…. 🙂