Being a landscape photographer is far from easy, but the payoff can be great. It has been my experience that exposure to the elements is the number one killer of equipment. Far away in the great outdoors where if gear fails, it can mean absolute disaster, and ultimately a waste of a trip.
There are two things that matter the most to me in regards to my gear: reliability and weight. There is only one piece of equipment that covers both perfectly and that is my Mefoto RoadTrip. Weighing in at under 4lbs, it’s hardly noticeable when paired with the rest of my gear. After a lot of heavy abuse being submerged in saltwater, the extreme cold of the Sierra Nevada or the dry Mojave desert in 117 degree heat, it has yet to fail me. I now understand why Mefoto offers a 5 year warranty… because you will never need to use it. With a price point below $200, nothing else on the market can touch this value for the money. It has held up better and longer than a few of my other brand tripods that cost at least twice as much and now are collecting dust.
Additionally, it’s nice to have gear that is versatile and can play more than one part. With height extension options that can be just inches off the ground for that perfect low-level foreground depth all the way up to an eye level, expansive feeling shot (and with me standing at 6'1 that’s not easy for a tripod), it covers all the bases. The collapsible leg extensions hold firm and the hook on the base plate cap allows me to hang my bag while adding stability if needed. Another great feature is the monopod leg option, which is a great tool to have on the ready when hiking through the backcountry.
It's not often that I find a product that I will stand behind proudly as I am generally not "brand loyal", but this thing redefines the word reliable. As they say, "the proof is in the pudding"… and I have found my favorite flavor. When packing for a shoot or scouting a new location I have the peace of mind that my Roadtrip will hold up to what ever I throw at it next.
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Thanks MeFOTO, I can't wait for the next adventure to begin!