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DP Review finds GlobeTrotter "Inspires Confidence" in Latest Review

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Review       Tags MeFOTO Globetrotter, GlobeTrotter Review, DP Review, Carbon Fiber Tripod comparision

We were excited to find out this week that the popular and well respected DP Review included MeFOTO's carbon fiber GlobeTrotter in an in-depth comparison of 5 different Carbon Fiber Tripod Kits. DP Review is renown for their uncompromising and extremely detailed reviews covering everything from basic construction and vibration tests to hands-on field trials.

When compared with the 3 Legged Thing Eddie and Feisol 3441SB, DP Review noted in conclusion:

"...we feel the MeFoto GlobeTrotter strikes the best balance between packable size, robust build, and generous capacity, with the most reasonable price in this group of three."

They went on to say that while all three tripods were able to take larger lenses and cameras,

"...the MeFoto inspires the most confidence when doing so..."

Read the full article (7 pages) for details on each tripod covered or cherry pick the Globetrotter review page and the conclusion.

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In the Field with the MeFOTO RoadTrip

  by Seth Andrew       Category Review, Landscape photography, nature photography       Tags mefoto roadtrip, MeFOTO RoadTrip Review, Scenic California

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.

To see more shots that were taken using this gear, head over to www.SethAndrewPhotography.com

Thanks MeFOTO, I can't wait for the next adventure to begin!

 

 


Rockin the Pink on Oʻahu

  by Anthony Tortoriello       Category Landscape photography, Review, What's In My Bag, nature photography       Tags MeFOTO RoadTrip Review, SideKick360 Review, Hawaii, Iphonography, iphone adapter, Atort Photography, Anthony Tortoriello

I am always looking for new ways to stabilize my gear when out cruising the planet. Recently, I stumbled across some colorful goodness from a company called MeFOTO. As many may know, I am into everything colorful. This company catered perfectly to me in that department, so I arranged to get some in my hands here on island in Hawaii. I, of course, ordered a hot pink SideKick360, a hot pink RoadTrip tripod, and a hot pink Walkabout, so you know exactly what I’m rocking. I was excited to receive them simply to see the color, hoping the pink would be a nice pink that I would gravitate towards as opposed to a NOT so nice pink… I opened the box and to my surprise, it was a perfect, awesomely vibrant, hot pink that looks very cool! Totally stoked, so all good so far!  

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Let’s start out with the tripod….this is the RoadTrip. This tripod works well for anything really….iPhones, small point and shoot cameras, and DSLRs. It's compact and fits nicely in the provided carrying case. Folded, the RoadTrip's only 15.4”, yet extends to over 61.6” which is good enough for most styles and types of shooting. 

If you need more, MeFOTO offers another option called the GlobeTrotter which extends another 3 inches give or take. I personally am confident with either of these two tripods. The main reason I was interested in these in the first place (Other than the pink, of course!) was for the MeFOTO product called the SideKick360. This is a smartphone adapter for tripods that safely holds your phone…in my case, my iPhone5S. The SideKick360 holds the phone safely and securely while articulating and rotating easily for fine tuning and precise adjustments. It's perfect for making sure the horizon is level when shooting videos and landscapes or time lapses here in Hawaii, which I do daily.  People always ask me for tips and suggestions and I tell them always having the ability to stabilize your cameras or phone is crucial to taking quality images, video, or time lapse videos.

This solves that issue with style, color, and precision control and is, hands down, the best mount I have used to date for my iPhone. The SideKick360 mounts perfectly into the the tripods MeFOTO carries with an Arca Swiss style mount and is the perfect turn key package for your iPhone photography or photography in general. For under $300, you can be styling and shooting any scene with zero worries or concerns about camera shake and blurred images.

All of the MeFOTO product line comes in a variety of colors….twelve to be exact, so there is literally something for everyone in regards to personal flare with your camera gear.  One last product I had to go for was a hot pink WalkAbout. Being in Hawaii and traveling to other countries, I hike a lot and walk a lot and knew this would work not only as a monopod, but also as a handy, colorful walking stick which MeFOTO actually suggests in their product description. It has a handle compass on the top too! The WalkAbout measures 18.1” in length when compacted and extends to a length of over 5 feet which is good enough for me. It’s really light too which is nice. The compass knob that you use for the walking stick portion of it unscrews to reveal the threading for your camera when using it as a monopod. It’s perfect for me and my hiking adventures giving me another option when on the trails. 

To wrap this up, I would highly recommend MeFOTO products as a colorful and affordable quality option for those looking to invest in ways to improve on and stabilize their creative process while using their devices and cameras. I have mine with me everywhere I go and don’t leave home without it.  Aloha!

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Anthony Tortoriello is a Chicago-based commercial photographer who enjoys working in Costa Rica and Hawaii as he explores themes of biodiversity and our changing planet while documenting lava flows, jungle flora and fauna and some of the biggest surf in Hawaii. Anthony is committed to bringing people the niches that remain inaccessible to most.

“Opening others eyes to the beauty around them and sharing these visions with the world while inspiring others along the way is what drives me to keep taking pictures and capturing the beauty of this magical world.” –Anthony

Visit Atort Photography to see more of Anthony's work