MeFOTO Road­Trip Air £140/$175


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The light­est tri­pod on test, at just over 1kg, the MeFOTO also folds down the small­est, to a length of 28cm. Nev­er­the­less, it ex­pands to a de­cent max­i­mum op­er­at­ing height of 156cm, thanks to its five-sec­tions legs (rather than the usual four) and ex­tend­ing cen­tre col­umn.

The leg sec­tions have no ex­ter­nal lock­ing clamps; in­stead, you sim­ply hold the foot of each leg and pro­gres­sively twist it to re­lease suc­ces­sive clamps for each sec­tion. To lock the sec­tions, you twist the foot again but in the op­po­site di­rec­tion. The cen­tre col­umn is made from four tele­scopic sec­tions that ex­tend and lock with the same twist­ing ac­tion.

You can re­move the cen­tre sec­tion and con­nect the sup­plied smart­phone holder to use it as a ‘selfie stick’. It comes com­plete with a Blue­tooth re­mote con­trol to pair to your smart­phone. For ‘proper’ cam­eras, the ball head has an in­de­pen­dent pan­ning lock/re­lease and an Arca-Swiss type quick-re­lease plate.


De­spite its ul­tra-light­weight con­struc­tion, the MeFOTO doesn’t feel flimsy and is rea­son­ably re­sis­tant to flex­ing, although the max­i­mum load rat­ing of 6kg seems a lit­tle am­bi­tious. One draw­back, how­ever, is that the leg sec­tion clamps tend to re­lease if you need to move the tri­pod around while it’s set up, as do the ex­tend­ing cen­tre col­umn clamps if the head is nudged in an an­ti­clock­wise di­rec­tion.


Con­struc­tion ma­te­rial: Alu­minium Weight: 1.1kg Al­ter­na­tive ma­te­rial: None Max/folded height: 156cm, 28cm Max load (legs, head): 6kg, 6kg Head mount plat­form dia: N/A Head at­tach­ment screw: N/A Ball head: In­te­gral Quick-re­lease plate: Arca-Swiss Head ad­just­ments: Lock, pan


Fea­tures Build/han­dling Per­for­mance Value for money


A neat ul­tra-light choice, if the idea of a Blue­tooth-en­abled selfie stick ap­peals.

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