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MeFOTOGlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod Kit (Black)
 
4.7

(based on 146 reviews)

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    (104)

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    (38)

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    (3)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (95)
  • Easy to use (87)
  • Durable (82)
  • Lightweight (61)
  • Stable (29)

Cons

  • Heavy (5)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (97)
  • Travel (89)
  • Wildlife photos (50)
  • Sports/action (42)
  • Family photos (39)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (52), Semi-pro photographer (37), Pro photographer (22), Casual photographer (7), Photography student (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (123)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Not just for stills...

Big time wow. I wish everything I've purchased for my photography and filmmaking needs had the kind of value this piece of equipment has. I originally purchased it because it looked like a great...Read complete review

Big time wow. I wish everything I've purchased for my photography and filmmaking needs had the kind of value this piece of equipment has. I originally purchased it because it looked like a great compromise of weight and stability for long time exposure photos I take when camping in the desert, and that it certainly is. It's heavier than the carbon fibre version, but I wanted that extra pound and a half or whatever it is, so I don't mind packing it. But the big surprise came when I thought to take off the ball head and throw on a cheap but decent fluid head for video (I used the Fancier FT-717AH, it's what most people get for their sliders). With this combo, I can easily support my C100 with a 17-55 lens on it, and it's totally stable. I can put the camera in a backpack, put the tripod/fluid head combo in the underseat storage of my Vespa, and go anywhere in town with a pretty amazing little setup. I don't think I'd rig it up with rails and lots of other gear, but why would I... I've got a heavy duty setup for that. In short, the build quality of this is really satisfying, and it's going to get used a lot for both photo and video. I don't see how it could be any better without moving to a similar Gitzo at 2 or 3 times the price, and I'm not sure you'd get that much better of a tripod. Forget the "comparable" Manfroto. For a little over $[$], this is one of the best made objects I own.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Pretty good bang for my buck

I've had the GlobeTrotter Aluminum since 09-Aug-2015. The heaviest load it's currently supporting is my Nikon D3200 with a 55-300 lens. I've used it in my backyard, at a local...Read complete review

I've had the GlobeTrotter Aluminum since 09-Aug-2015. The heaviest load it's currently supporting is my Nikon D3200 with a 55-300 lens. I've used it in my backyard, at a local park, and at a zoo and so far I've been pretty happy with it. It's sturdy, easy to handle, the legs and center column extend and collapse smoothly and lock down firmly, it's very compact when it folds down (to 25% of it's total height), and it provides a nice solid foundation for my camera. And considering that it only weighs a little over 14 ounces more while costing $150 less than its carbon fiber sibling, it's a pretty good band for my buck. My only complaint concerns the ball head. I've been noticing that when I point my camera on a downward angle, there's still a tiny bit of drift after locking down the ball head in that position. I don't if it's me or the ball head, but I've been careful not to over tighten any of the ball head knobs, so I don't think I've broken anything. But if this is happening with my current camera and lens combo, how will the ball head cope with locking down heavier loads at odd angles? I guess only time will tell.

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4.0

Very impressive build quality

By DanKarPgh

from Pittsburgh, PA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy to Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about GlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod Kit (Blue):

    Very impressed with build quality. The metal plate with degree indicators was loose at first but was easily tightened by hand. Very easy to use and fold. the approximate 1-pound difference between this and the carbon fiber version isn't a deal-breaker with a $200 cost difference. All around solid product. The supplied heavy-duty [almost ballistic nylon] case is a plus and the 16-inch folded size is perfect. The monopod configuration feature wasn't obvious at first but the manual was helpful.

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    4.0

    small but sexy

    By patricia

    from az

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about GlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod Kit (Red):

      love how it folds down to like 12 inches

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      5.0

      Love it!

      By Walt

      from Oklahoma

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about GlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod Kit (Titanium):

        Amazingly sturdy, handles my D7000 with the Nikon 80-400 with ease..

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        5.0

        awesome

        By John the photographer

        from Gaithersburg, Maryland

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        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about GlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod Kit (Green):

          light (less than 4 pounds) and converts to monopod. It is very easy to setup and compact when folded up into its case. Works well with peak design strap that attaches to the the thread on the bottom of the camera.

          nice color as well.

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          4.0

          Good for the money

          By tnly

          from Santa Paula, CA

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact

          Cons

          • Dials Loosen Easily

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about GlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod Kit (Black):

          Good tripod for the money with good features. Feels sturdy when in use. The 3 rotary dials may be a little too much. Would have preferred the ball lock to be a lever vs. a dial, like a Manfrotto. Both the ball lock and friction dials loosen too easily. The friction dial will be nice and smooth one moment and easily loosens the next, with the camera's weight tilting it over. Or the ball will be locked down, you move to another location and won't be so locked afterwards, slightly shifting. The numbers on the dials don't really aid in use. Overall good tripod due to price point and features such as portability (fits on my backpack nicely), Arca-swiss style plate, good weight capacity, good max height, and spiked feet. Good for hiking with (my main use).

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          4.0

          Nice compact tripod, but a bit too heavy

          By richard

          from Massachusetts

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about GlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod Kit (Black):

          Purchased the aluminum to augment my Induro tripod. The MEFOTO Globetrotter Aluminum model is nice and compact, but at 4.6 #, a bit heavier than I wanted, so I returned it and purchased the Carbon fiber model. It's full size reaching about 5'4" and rated up to 26.4#. It will hold all of my cameras, and fits in my small backpack. A winner, but if planning to hike with it, the carbon fiber model may be a better choice.

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          4.0

          So far, so good.

          By Do not move to Colorado please.

          from Denver, CO.

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy to Use
          • Solid Build

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about GlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod Kit (Titanium):

              I have only gone out with the tripod twice since I got it, but is has performed exactly as I need it to. I can confirm that the build quality of this tripod is as excellent as everyone says(although the spirit level on the head seems a little chincy). That's about it. I will amend my review in a few months after I have dropped it a few times.

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              4.0

              Good product overall

              By Charlie

              from Renton, WA

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              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about GlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod Kit (Titanium):

                All directional adjustments are very good and easy to use. The folded tripod is very easy to handle. It is little heavy to carry around for lengthy trip. The carrying case is a bonus.

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                5.0

                well built and sturdy tripod

                By Big D

                from Brea, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about GlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod Kit (Black):

                  I LOVE this tripod! It can hold my Canon 7d and 300 f4 lens with no problems. I can easily bring it as a carry-on for a plane or throw it in a backpack while hiking.Plan on buying the Mindshift Ultralight backpack when it comes out to carry this tripod.

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                  5.0

                  Perfect solid tripod!

                  By Jay

                  from MA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about GlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod Kit (Green):

                    Perfect solid tripod especially excellent at slow low light and long exposures.

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                    5.0

                    Great

                    By Hen278

                    from Maryland

                    Comments about GlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod Kit (Black):

                    Sturdy and compact

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                    5.0

                    Sturdy and dependable

                    By Photolovr

                    from Phoenix, AZ

                    Comments about GlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod Kit (Green):

                    Love this tripod! Not only is the color the best but the build quality is very good. Easy to use and supports my 7d Mark ii along with a 100 - 400mm L lens. I researched quite a few tripods before purchasing and I'm glad I opted for the Mefoto Globetrotter.

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                    4.0

                    Tripod Mefoto GlobeTrotter Aluminum

                    By Shannn0n

                    from Savannah GA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about GlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod Kit (Titanium):

                      Im happy with my recent purchase. I utilized this tripod frequently due to the fact that it is compact and lightweight. I personal shoot evening landscape and interior shoots that are generally have poor lighting. The tripod is sturdy and I appreciate the height especially after seeing how compact it can be. I really enjoy the twist locks as well. I think it saves time and allows for a quick and easy set up.
                      However if i was more interesting in recording or extremely long exposure I would probably spend some more and get something a little more sturdy but I am usually fairly close to the tripod and the exposures I should rarely go over 5 minutes. Please don't take that comment the wrong way, with this tripod I would be comfortable walking away and coming back Im just not sure about leaving it for hours.

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                      4.0

                      By feel it build good quality.

                      By Sunikumar

                      from San Antonio, TX

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel

                        Comments about GlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod Kit (Black):

                        Not used this in filed yet. Indoor its looks great in
                        handling. Only concern is that, if you lock the pan head and try to change the head position with out unscrew properly, the head itself unscrew from the tripod. May be it becomes easy if I took that to field more often. Over all it good build quality...

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                        5.0

                        Solid

                        By Intile

                        from Costa rica

                        Comments about GlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod Kit (Titanium):

                        Very solid construction and very stable. I was expecting a huge carry bag but it is amazing how compact it is for carrying around and how tall it can get! Definitely recommended

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                        5.0

                        Love it!!!

                        By Kyle

                        from Tennessee

                        Comments about GlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod Kit (Black):

                        This tripod is absolutely perfect. I'm 6 ft 4 and I was afraid I'd never find a tripod compact yet tall enough and this one couldn't fit the bill any better.

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                        4.0

                        Good Tripod

                        By Jordan B

                        from Ann Arbor Mi

                        Comments about GlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod Kit (Titanium):

                        I am very happy overall with this tripod. It's not too heavy to be considered a travel tripod in my opinion and frankly, in comparison to the road trip, I wouldn't want the legs to be any thinner or the head any smaller. The monopod and reversesible center column seemed gimmicky to be but I have already used both functions and they worked well. Unfortunately, when using it on the beach, even when the legs weren't pressed down far into the sand, blowing sand found its way into the bottom 3 twist locks of each leg. The tripod can be broken down and cleaned but it was tedious and time consuming. My last complaint may come with all relatively lightweight tripods but I was surprised how top heavy and unstable the tripod was when fully extended - especially in higher winds. I would recommend using the weight hook on the center column in all situations. When hanging my camera bag on the hook, the tripod was very stable - even for a 30 second astrophotography exposure in moderate wind. Despite these complaints, for a solid, travel friendly, and most of all, affordable tripod, I would recommend it to any consumer level photographer or as a travel beater to any photographer with a higher budget.

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                        5.0

                        Good things come in small packages

                        By PJSPhotos

                        from Davenport, Florida

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about GlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod Kit (Titanium):

                          I purchased this product due to looking for a lightweight tripod. I have used Manfrotto products for a very long time but the weight was becoming an issue. Enter the Mefoto Globetrotter. This little tripod is so light I barely notice that I am carrying it. While it does not offer the height of my previous Manfrotto, just a couple of inches shorter, it has not affected my work. The set up and take down is a breeze and all the control knobs are easy to work without even having to look at them. The other great feature is the included monopod. Taking the tripod apart to make the conversion is quick and easy.

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                          5.0

                          Great Tripod for the money!

                          By Real estate photographer

                          from Huntsville, AL

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about GlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod Kit (Titanium):

                              I use this tripod for my real estate photography. It works great and can hold a Nikon D600 with a heavy 10-20mm lens.

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                              5.0

                              Wonderful

                              By Madison

                              from New Jersey

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Good Audio Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about GlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod Kit (Black):

                                  Great Quality

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