MeFOTO RoadTrip Air £140/$175
A TRIPOD WITH A BUILT-IN SELFIE STICK
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
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A neat ultra-light choice, if the idea of a Bluetooth-enabled selfie stick appeals.