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!
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!
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
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