Me FOTO Road Trip A1350Q1 £140, $190

Smaller yet higher, light­weight but strong, it also brings a touch of colour to the show

NPhoto - - Test Team -

Adding a bit of fun to tripods, the Road­Trip is avail­able in no fewer than 12 colours. If the MeFOTO name is new to you, rest as­sured that its par­ent com­pany is Benro and it has that firm’s high stan­dard of de­sign and build qual­ity. In­deed, apart from the colours, the ball head for this tripod is prac­ti­cally iden­ti­cal to that sup­plied with the Benro tripods on test, which is no bad thing. Other sim­i­lar­i­ties in­clude a de­tach­able leg for use as a mono­pod.

A cru­cial dif­fer­ence between the Road­Trip and the Benro Travel An­gel 2 is that, while they both fea­ture fully piv­ot­ing legs for com­pact stowage, the Road­Trip has five- rather than four-sec­tion legs. It folds down to 40cm in­stead of 45cm, yet al­most matches the Benro for max­i­mum op­er­at­ing height, at 157cm com­pared with 160cm.

Per­for­mance

In­evitably, with five sec­tions in each leg, the bot­tom sec­tions are thin­ner than in four-sec­tion legs, mea­sur­ing 12mm in di­am­e­ter. Even so, they’re the same di­am­e­ter as the bot­tom sec­tions in the Man­frotto, and wider than those of the Giot­tos and Vel­bon tripods. Ul­ti­mately, de­spite the lighter weight and smaller stowage size, rigid­ity is as im­pres­sive as in the Benro tripods, and the max­i­mum load rat­ing is an equally weighty 8kg.

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