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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


Everything You Need to Know About the RoadTrip

  by Rachel       Category Tidbits       Tags MeFOTO RoadTrip, MeFOTO ballhead, drag control, QR plate, pan control, spiked feet

We hope you enjoy our quick guide to all that the RoadTrip has to offer. If there's anything that's not answered here, please leave us a comment in the comments section below.  

#1 is called the Tilt/Lock Adjustment Knob. This will loosen the ballhead up top so you can shift your camera around to the position you want. 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 the 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 loosen the drag adjustment knob. This allows you to make smaller adjustments on the ballhead.

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

Unscrew the removable rubber foot to exchange with the spiked foot.

Spiked feet come in handy for stabilizing your tripod on uneven surfaces or for digging into the ground when you need extra stability in high winds.

You can reverse the center column on the Roadtrip, learn how here

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

The RoadTrip has 2 leg angles. the first notch (shown above) gets you closer to the ground with a wider stance.

The second leg angle is the most commonly used (shown above). Very stable.

 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 GlobeTrotter


Everything You Need to Know About the BackPacker

  by Rachel       Category Tidbits       Tags MeFOTO Backpacker, quick guide, MeFOTO ballhead, drag control

We hope this quick guide will help you understand all the features of your BackPacker tripod. If there's anything you still have a question about, shoot us a comment in the comments section below.  

#1 is called a Drag Adjustment Knob. This will loosen the ballhead up top so you can shift your camera around to the position you want. 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 left and right in a horizontal movement. This comes in handy if you're taking panorama shots or shooting video and tracking your subject.

#3 is the Quick Release (QR) Plate knob. Loosening this allows you to remove or tighten the QR plate onto which you mount your camera. This could also be where you're running into problems, if this is not tightened enough when your camera is attached to the QR plate it could also not stay in place.

An alternate view of the BackPacker's ballhead.

Tightening the Drag Adjustment Knob.

 

The center column on the BackPacker is adjustable. All you need to do is loosen the center column knob and pull the ballhead up. This will extend the inner center column and make the center column longer

The BackPacker has two grooves in each of its three legs that you can lock the legs into place with and get two different leg angles.

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

-Everything you need to know about the RoadTrip

-Everything you need to know about the GlobeTrotter