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MeFOTOGlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod Kit (Blue)
 
4.7

(based on 177 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (128)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (45)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (98)
  • Easy to use (90)
  • Durable (84)
  • Lightweight (62)
  • Stable (29)

Cons

  • Heavy (5)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (100)
  • Travel (91)
  • Wildlife photos (52)
  • Sports/action (43)
  • Family photos (40)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (53), Semi-pro photographer (39), Pro photographer (22), Casual photographer (7), Photography student (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (126)

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

Good Tripod

By LordKOTL

from PacNW

Verified Buyer

Comments about GlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod Kit (Titanium):

So I ended up getting this as a replacement for an ancient Quantaray Tripod I've had for over a decade when it became impossible for the Quantaray one to support my camera via a defect in the mounting plate.

Essentially I was looking for a smaller, travel tripod. Weight wasn't too that being of an issue for me (hence nixing the carbon fiber model--the weight savings wasn't worth the cash increase). Arca/swiss compatibility was a strong point as well as decent stability and being able to pack up small. So, based on a few reviews I decided to go for this one.

In short, I really like it. It's more stable than the old Quantary one. For positives it's reasonably stable at height--especially for being a travel tripod. Weight is good--I can carry it no problem with all my other kit. The ball head is stable enough to support a Nikon 200-500 *with the caveat that you wrench down the ballhead adjustment*. Tested it over an hour and no droop visible in the photos. YMMV depending on how hard you can wrench it down. Locks don't seem to weaken even after this; it was still good for my lighter lenses and the lock/drag settings remained constant. It can turn into a monopod easily which is a nice feature for those of us with a budget and those of us who don't want to lug around a tripod and a monopod.

For the possible negatives: it's a tight fit in the bag--like REALLY tight fit. MeFoto could have provided a slightly bigger bag. Also, nothing is quick-adjust. From the leg locks, to the leg angle locks, to the 3 adjustment knobs on the ballhead to the camera mount; you have to pay attention and make sure you're locked in lest you risk your kit. Like most things in photography: Patience is the key. If you need something to be set up quickly, this might not be for you. However, if you don't mind getting in early to set your kit up and making sure it's good to go, I would definitely recommend it. It's small, decently light, and stable enough for most photography.

 
5.0

I would not hesitate to buy this tripod again!

By Littlebits

from Tucson, Az.

Verified Buyer

Comments about GlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod Kit (Blue):

I was looking for a mono pod when another photographer recommended the Globe Trotter Aluminum Tripod Kit to me in a store! My Nikon D750 and lens are heavy, this tripod can handle anything I mount on it! I look forward to using it in the desert, mountains, streams, open ranges, meadows and inside just anywhere my camera leads me!

 
5.0

Compact but sturdy

By Larry H

from Houston, TX

Verified Buyer

Comments about GlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod Kit (Titanium):

I recently took this tripod to Mexico to shoot photos of the Milky Way over the Sea of Cortez. Fit nicely within my camera bag and yet was more than sturdy enough to use on the beach with my Nikon D750 and 24-70 lens. I'll be traveling with it with full confidence it will hold up to the rigors of landscape photography.

 
5.0

Solid performer

By Lobo

from Northern Minnesota

Verified Buyer

Comments about GlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod Kit (Titanium):

My main reason for selecting this tripod was the weight capacity of the ball head. It is capable of holding a Nikon 800E with 70-200 lens and yet is light enough to take on a hike. The feature that allows use as a monopod is also a great asset. I have had no issues with extended legs slipping as with similar tripods often experience. Construction quality is excellent. Highly recommended.

 
5.0

Best DSLR Tripod Out There

By Dustin

from San Diego, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about GlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod Kit (Titanium):

Amazing build. Sturdy. Light. Compact. Easy to carry around. Folds up nicely.

This is a quality tripod. I highly recommend it for any DSLR shooter looking for a tripod that is easy to carry around, but also strong and sturdy. I'm a landscape, travel, and adventure photographer and this tripod works great for me. No problems with it. It also works great with my L-Bracket. No complaints!

 
5.0

Just what I wanted

By Chris

from Undisclosed

Comments about GlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod Kit (Titanium):

My initial reaction to my new Globetrotter tripod is I'm very happy. It has the height that I wanted without the bulk. I can carry it wherever I go. If you travel or go out on hikes, this is a great tripod!

 
5.0

Great travel tripod.

By Robert

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about GlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod Kit (Black):

This is just what I was looking for. Its operation is smooth, size is great, supports my gear, and will prove to be a useful addition to my camera gear.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great travel tripod

By Jack

from Northwest Ohio

Verified Buyer

Comments about GlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod Kit (Titanium):

I was concerned that it would not be stable because it was a 5-section tripod but it is solid

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very good tripod

By Peter

from Colorado

Verified Buyer

Comments about GlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod Kit (Black):

This tripod and ball head are great for their portability and light weight.It's surprisingly sturdy. My DSLR with a big lens nearly overpowers the ball head unless you tighten everything down very, very tightly. Otherwise this is a great product at an excellent price.

 
5.0

Well made and sturdy tripod

By Robert

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about GlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod Kit (Black):

This tripod is everything that was said about it. It is a well made unit that is nice and sturdy. The only thing if you are or need a tripod for most of your shoots go for the lighter carbon model. The aluminum model is very good but a little heavy. Luckily for me it's not something I have to rely on.

 
5.0

Nice compact travel tripod

By John

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about GlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod Kit (Black):

I use this as a substitute for my fulll size Manfotto's. This tripod will fit into my overnite carry on roller-bag and I had no problems getting through airport security. It was sturdy and stable to support by Nikon D-800 and 24-70mm 2.8 Lens.
Definitely recommend it if you have need for a small lightweight compact travel tripod.

 
5.0

Excellent product!

By Allen

from Orange, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about GlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod Kit (Titanium):

Just what I need.

 
5.0

Great Tripod(Also monopod)

By David

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about GlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod Kit (Titanium):

Great tripod(monopod)- a very solid engineering and construction

 
4.0

Solid and sturdy for light weight travelers

By Irfan

from Undisclosed

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Comments about GlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod Kit (Titanium):

Have already used it for two years. Very good and sturdy. Acceptable weight and fits well in a standard handcarry trolley for traveling if you're travelling light with only handcarry. Haven't found any issues so far but then I'm not an everyday user. Recommended!

 
4.0

I would buy this product again

By Ronniefc

from Trinidad

Verified Buyer

Comments about GlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod Kit (Green):

This was suggested to me by B&H CSR according to my needs and uses and it's an ideal tripod for generally everything

 
5.0

Best Tripod So Far

By Ricky

from Undisclosed

Comments about GlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod Kit (Black):

I've been through a few tripods, but non of them compares to the Mefoto Globetrotter... it's easy to set up and adjust and super light for its size.

 
5.0

light and sturdy--all you could ask for in a travel tripod

By producer

from san francisco

Verified Buyer

Comments about GlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod Kit (Red):

All in a solid piece of gear. One small quibble is the clips that lock the legs down don't have springs, meaning you have to both push them in and pull them out. which seems odd. but aside from that, it does what it says it will which is holds up a light camera with solid legs.

 
4.0

I would recommend this tripod to friends.

By Suzanne

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about GlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod Kit (Blue):

This tripod is easy to operate, sturdy, lightweight. Doable for backpacking.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Globe Trotter Aluminum Tripod

By Herb

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about GlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod Kit (Titanium):

Nicely made, but I found it too heavy and bulky for travel. Returned it and bought a Sirui carbon fiber unit with ball head which is more compact and lighter.

 
5.0

Great tripod

By Kale

from Undisclosed

Comments about GlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod Kit (Black):

I love this tripod. Best I have ever bought.

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