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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

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.