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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.


Ross Hamamura Shooting Video at the Bellagio

  by M. Gertz       Category Featured Photographer       Tags MeFOTO Globetrotter, Ross Hamamura, Las Vegas

 © Ross Hamamura

Ross Hamamura was recently on assignment at the Bellagio, shooting some sample images and videos for Sony using their RX1 35mm, full-frame camera. While he loved the camera’s low light performance, there’s one area where no amount of light sensitivity is going to make your work look any better - video.

 © Ross Hamamura

 © Ross Hamamura

Using his black aluminium MeFOTO GlobeTrotter, Ross took a shake-free video of the Bellagio’s famous fountain, choreographed to Andrea Bocelli’s Con Te Partiro. Check it out over on his SmugMug gallery along with his other photos from the trip.  

“Whenever I travel,” he says, “this MeFOTO will be my tripod of choice for trips!  No question.”

Aside from shooting video, Ross plans on using the monopod option to photograph sports. See some of his sports work here and check out his review of the GlobeTrotter on his blog, Tourist of Light.


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Converting Your MeFOTO Tripod into a Monopod

  by Rachel       Category Tidbits       Tags RoadTrip, MeFOTO RoadTrip, MeFOTO Globetrotter, GlobeTrotter, monopod, monopod to tripod conversion, convert to monopod, tripod to monopod

In our opinion, one of the RoadTrip and GlobeTrotter's best (of many) features is its ability to be converted into a monopod. When you purchase either model, you're pretty much buying two products for the price of one. ..not a bad deal at all.

Thanks to our genius product designers, converting the tripod to a monopod (without tools mind you) is as easy as it gets. But just in case you have questions on how to do it, here is a quick and detailed guide. If there's anything you believe we've missed or would like clarification on, drop us a line in the comments section below.

 **Please note, not all MeFOTO tripods convert to monopods, only the GlobeTrotter and RoadTrip.


Here is the GlobeTrotter in tripod format. You can convert both the GlobeTrotter and RoadTrip into monopods. 

Begin by grabbing the tripod leg with the foam grip and rotate it to the left to loosen it. You will notice the digram at the top letting you know which direction to turn the leg in to loosen or tighten it.

Unscrew the tripod leg all the way.

Now that you have completely detached the leg, put it down and save it for later. This is the first piece of the monopod.

Next you need to remove the center column. This is going to be the second piece of the monopod. Begin by unscrewing the recessed hook knob on the center column.

Unscrew the recessed hook knob completely. Save the knob in a safe place since you will need it once you put the tripod back together.

Loosen the knob on the center column.

Slide the center column out. This is the top part of your monopod.

Here is what the GlobeTrotter looks like disassembled.

Take the foam tripod leg and center column with ball head attached. These are the two pieces you will screw together to make the monopod.

Screw the tripod leg into the center colum.

Congrats! You now have a fully functional monopod!

Everything You Need to Know About the GlobeTrotter

  by Rachel       Category Tidbits       Tags MeFOTO Globetrotter, GlobeTrotter, drag control, ballhead, pan control, reverse center column

We've been getting some feedback that a lot of you aren't 100% sure what all the knobs do on your MeFOTOs. Here's a quick guide to help all you GlobeTrotter owners understand what your tripod can do and how.  

#1 is the Tilt/Lock Adjustment Knob. This will loosen the ballhead up top so you can shift your camera around to the position you want and lock it. This is also how you can put your camera in vertical mode, when you push the ballhead into the groove on the side. Remember you need to tighten it afterwards so it stays in place.

#2 is called the Panning Knob. It is the smallest knob on the side and when you loosen it, you can easily 'pan' the ballhead right and left in a horizontal movement. This comes in handy if you're taking panorama shots or shooting video and tracking a subject.

#3 is the Quick Release (QR) Plate knob. Loosening this allows you to remove or tighten the QR plate on which you put your camera. 

#4 is called a Drag Adjustment Knob (only available on the RoadTrip and GlobeTrotter). It adds tension to the ballhead so if you have a really heavy camera on your tripod it won't flop over or anything when you losen the drag adjustment knob. This allows you to make smaller adjustments on the ballhead.

The GlobeTrotter has removable rubber feet that you can unscrew. 

Included in every GlobeTrotter kit are spiked feet. Once you unscrew the rubber foot, you can then screw in the spiked ones. 

Spiked feet are helpful when shooting on uneven terrain or when it's windy outside and you need added stability.

Loosen the center column knob to adjust the height of the center column on the GlobeTrotter.

The GlobeTrotter is able to reverse its center column. For a detailed explanation on how to do this, click here

Do you have a different MeFOTO model? See more posts in this series: 

-Everything you need to know about the BackPacker

-Everything you need to know about the RoadTrip

Reversing the Center Column on MeFOTO

  by Rachel       Category Tidbits       Tags reverse center column, MeFOTO Globetrotter, MeFOTO RoadTrip, how-to

Getting super low to the ground shots are easy to do with a MeFOTO RoadTrip or GlobeTrotter tripod. 

Simply remove the weight hook at the bottom of the center column and loosen the twist lock to pull the center column out of the spider of the tripod. Next, flip the center column upside down and insert it back into the underside of the spider. Be sure to line up the groove when doing this. Find the height you want and lock the center column. Now you're good to go!

This allows you to position the camera close to the ground while still maintaining a small footprint. Even though your shots will be upside down most photo editing applications should include an image flip tool making it easy to correct this afterwards. 

1. Here you see the MeFOTO RoadTrip with the center column facing up, in traditional form.

2. Start by loosening the center column by twisting the center column knob.

3. Push the center column down a bit so you can easily access the knob with the recessed hook.

4. Twist and unscrew the knob.

5. You can flip the MeFOTO upside down to make it easier when unscrewing the knob on the center column.

6. Once you have unscrewed the knob all the way off you can pull the center column off of the tripod's legs.

7. Staring down the center column's cylindrical holder, you will see a groove (at your five o'clock), this will need to match up with the center column's ridge when you insert the center column back in or it won't fit.

8. Turn the center column upside down so the QR plate (& camera) are facing the ground and insert it back through the center column holder. Screw the recessed hook knob back onto the center column.

9. Adjust the height of your camera by tightening the center column knob when you reach the desired height.

10. Voila! Remember you will need to flip your photographs in your post production program since they will have been taken upside-down.