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Mefoto A1350Q1K Roadtrip Travel Tripod Kits (Black) by Review Summary ,  Jul 30, 2015

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Mefoto A1350Q1K Roadtrip Travel Tripod Kits (Black)
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 480 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.6
Returned or considering to return: 3.1%

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Individual Feature Rating
Compact4.9   average
Color4.8   average
Fit4.8   average
Light4.8   average
Quick4.8   above average
Size4.8   above average
Stability4.7   above average
Travel4.7   average
Price4.6   average
Quality4.6   average
Weight4.6   average
Control4.5   above average
Tripod4.5   average
Lens4.3   average
Rubber4.2   above average
Design3.9   below average
Setup3.9   average
Support3.9   average
Camera3.7   below average
Heavy3.7   below average
Knob3.0   above average


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Camera

Camera:
"I was looking for a lightweight tripod to upgrade from the cheap flimsy tripod that came in the accessory kit with my camera."
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"It constantly becomes loose and wiggly, and is actually the reason I have decided to no longer use this tripod, as it came loose again and sent my camera crashing to the floor, damaging my expensive lens."
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"With the camera on the pod, it is hard to see in most instances."
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"The adjustment knobs aren't marked, so I found myself constantly turning the wrong knob to adjust the position of the camera."
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"Really sturdy build and very convenient to have around, The lower legs are a bit wobbly and look a bit flimsy but it does the job, it supports my heavy camera and it stands strong."
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"The tripod looks nice but I have problem screwing the mounting plate tight to the camera with just my fingers."
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"the head does not hold to the camera well."
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"This is a really great tripod it's very steady and allows me to take some great clear long exposure shots with my camera zoomed in over 200 mm."
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"The MeFOTO is going to accompany me on many future travels and hikes, since it fits easily into daypacks or camera bags, and is not a burden to carry."
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"Great Tripod keeps my camera in place especially when I do portrait shots."
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"Flimsy when fully extended and doesn't feel like it supports the camera well."
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Color

Color:
"Try to see them in a shop, rather than ordering online, because you don't get a good idea of the color online."
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"I love my bright blue color which matches my gear and choosing the color was the hardest decision in ordering this item."
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"I love the colors ,and its ability to fold really small ."
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"Color nice and vivid."
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"Love the color."
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"The Mefoto Roadtrip tripod comes in a variety colors and is GREAT for travel."
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Compact

Compact:
"When I went to a photography shop and asked for a compact tripod, I was shown flimsy contraptions that look like they'll wobble if you blow hard at them."
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"Having owned the roadtrip tripod for several months now I still love it and would recommend it to anyone searching for a lightweight tripod that is compact enough to be usable in multiple locations."
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"I would recommend this tripod to anyone looking for something compact but not flimsy."
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"It folds up nice and compact and looks sharp."
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"Easy to use, packs fairly compact, and stable during long exposures."
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"Folds down to a very compact package for travel and the carrying bag is of good quality."
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Control

Control:
"The only downer is the ball head is above the pan control which means if the center shaft isn't perfectly vertical, then panning (as for a multiple image panoramic shot) will not work."
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"The overall quality of the tripod is very nice, I just have a small problem with the Quality Control (and this would pertain to the Chinese factory, Benro and then the seller)."
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"The drag control and the lock knob pretty much do the same thing."
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"The control adjustments are well crafted and sturdy."
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"Excellent tripod, it felt slightly wobbly at first, compared to my 25 year old Manfrotto, but the compact size and light weight make up for the sturdiness any day, besides, a camera remote control is always a good companion on any roadtrip =)"
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"The ball head with its 3 controls is clever and sturdy, allowing independent pan and tilt controls."
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"Fully extended everything is very stable, with excellent controls positioned for quick operation."
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DSLR

DSLR:
"Maybe I would have been pleasantly surprised if I was a DSLR guy carrying much heavier equipment."
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"It easily supports my full size dslr with a 35-100mm 2.0 which is very heavy glass."
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"It is the best combination of lightweight and sturdy, and it's ball-head is strong enough to handle my DSLR and medium telephoto lens with ease."
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"It's sturdy enough to hold my DSLR with a 18-140mm lens and my 70-300mm lens with ease and you can't beat the price."
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"This tripod folds up pretty compact and attaches easily on my Case Logic SLRB100 DSLR Backpack."
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Design

Design:
"Terrible design.1."
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"The only downside is a tighting bolt which i wish had a different design."
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"NOT A GOOD DESIGN"
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"Not the biggest fan of the screw legs (my only design complaint), however you can open them all and close them all at once when they are in the collapsed position."
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"Very happy with the design and sturdiness."
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"I use this with my Peak Design system and it all integrates perfectly."
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"Pros:+Overall design is solid+Build quality is great (will see if it holds up over time)+Choice of colors++breaks down to a monopod (my #1 reason for buying this)+Comes with a sturdy bag+Has a spring retracted hook to hang a weight fromCons:-No way to level when setup in portrait-I dont mind the legs being screw tightened but they have no measuring marks to see how far you've extended."
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"Ball head design is nice."
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"This is a versatile, well designed tripod."
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Fit

Fit:
"Sorry, this just wasn't a good fit for me."
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"Finding a tripod to fit a few requirements is hard to find."
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"Otherwise, great little tripod that fits the job perfectly."
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"This tripod fit the bill perfectly."
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"Fits in my carryon and works really well too."
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"The MeFOTO is going to accompany me on many future travels and hikes, since it fits easily into daypacks or camera bags, and is not a burden to carry."
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"and the case is just 16x4x4, fitting easily into a suitcase."
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Heavy

Heavy:
"The only complaint I could possibly have is that it's not a heavy tripod -- so when you bump into it, it will move."
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"The only complaint is that it's pretty heavy."
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"Really sturdy build and very convenient to have around, The lower legs are a bit wobbly and look a bit flimsy but it does the job, it supports my heavy camera and it stands strong."
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"The next issue is when you extend the legs to make them longer, the bottom most part of the leg that extends is very thin and flexes very easily, so extending the bottom most part of the legs is not something i would recommend if you have something heavy on this tripod, this is the second thing that i think hurts the stability of the tripod."
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"The lightweight ones are too flimsy and produce shaky images with my Canon 7D and the heavy duty ones are too annoying to travel with (I go camp in the mountains, went backpacking through Europe, and just like to have it on me when I walk around NYC)."
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"I was worried at first that this tripod would not be able to support my heavy camera setup, but it seems I shouldn't have been concerned."
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"The only complaint is that it's pretty heavy."
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"The unit was well built but too big and heavy for what I wanted."
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"The camera is pretty heavy, but this tripod has no problems holding my camera steady under all shooting operations."
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"It is really nice and beefy, holds my nikon d70s and any lens with no problem, even the super long heavy zoom with screw on telephoto adapter."
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"A little bit heavy but works well."
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Image

Image:
"When I got on location for a photo shoot, I hate to carry bags and instruments and be all covered with gear."
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"The only downer is the ball head is above the pan control which means if the center shaft isn't perfectly vertical, then panning (as for a multiple image panoramic shot) will not work."
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"The lightweight ones are too flimsy and produce shaky images with my Canon 7D and the heavy duty ones are too annoying to travel with (I go camp in the mountains, went backpacking through Europe, and just like to have it on me when I walk around NYC)."
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"I also took a picture of the tripod in the folded position and saved it as a protected image on my CF card for easy reference."
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"I can say with 100% conviction that by hanging my camera bag from the hook on the bottom of the center column I'm able to get pin sharp images in all sorts of weather."
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"Best photo equipment I've purchased in awhile."
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"Set it up for a 15 sec exposure and it worked like a charm - photo was nice and crisp with no blur from shaking."
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"But this one is compact enough that it is easy to travel with and is strong enough that the images come out clear."
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Knob

Knob:
"Too many knobs make it hard to use in the dark."
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"Initially, I constantly turned the wrong knob trying to adjust it."
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"The adjustment knobs aren't marked, so I found myself constantly turning the wrong knob to adjust the position of the camera."
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"Probably the biggest downside is that the friction adjust knobs seem to loosen up from time to time, so I keep needing to re-tighten them every few adjustments."
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"The knobs are a little confusing at first, but you get used to it."
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"I will say the head, if you take away the broken off knob on mine, and i must say it does not look like it would have been something that was easy to break off, it was a actual metal rod that was snapped off, not just the plastic knob that was broken."
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"( I will have to make sure my camera bag is loaded with stuff to act as a weight when in the field, (I'm not going to carry a dumbbell around) As for the quick release legs...well I like the setup, I find that the twist-release knobs do work, but feel loose after moving the pod around the yard to take shots, I feel I have to re-check the tightness before I let go the tripod."
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"The drag control and the lock knob pretty much do the same thing."
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"All knobs on the head work smoothly and secure in place very well."
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"The legs open and close quickly and easily, the twist knobs are smooth."
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"I was very impressed by the three, separate knobs that allowed me to control the 360-degree panning (great for panoramic shots) and head separately."
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Lens

Lens:
"I have some heavier lenses but didn't take them on this trip due to limited space so I can't say how well it would work with my Canon 70-200 L lens."
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"It constantly becomes loose and wiggly, and is actually the reason I have decided to no longer use this tripod, as it came loose again and sent my camera crashing to the floor, damaging my expensive lens."
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"i wold trust my camera on that super cheap tripod allot more than i would trust it on this tripod, that is as long as i do not have a heavy, long zoom lens on the cheap tripod, it might be just fine but i do not want to risk the head not being able to hold the weight of the lens."
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"I have had the tripod take a nosedive when I turned by back for a second with my 24-70mm in the vertical position into the pebbles of the riverbed, ruining my B+W filter (better the filter then my camera or lens, but still not a happy day)."
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"With that being said, even when I had adequate time to set everything up just right, I have had numerous times where the tripod is unable to support my camera and lens."
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"I actually used this feature recently at a football game I was covering for the local newspaper using a Canon 7D with a 70-200 2 lens and the only real problem I had was ensuring the twist locks on the leg was tight enough to hold the total camera lens weight."
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"This tripod will hold my Canon EOS Rebel T5 comfortably, even with a 75-300 lens extended all the way out."
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"I wouldn't try to use it in heavy winds or with an extremely long lens, but it handles my 6D w 24-105 f 4 IS or 70-200 f 4 IS with no problems."
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"I use a NEX 7 with various lenses without any problems."
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"Great storage ability, decent weight, weighs less than camera with a lens on it."
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"As light as it is, it supports my Sony A6000 with the zoom lens and adapter with ease."
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Light

Light:
"Any play in the legs or movement of the ball head would have ruined my photos, since little light was available and I had to increase the time of my exposure, but the Roadtrip performed perfectly."
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"The ball head is great and it does an excellent job supporting my Nikon D7000 and believe me, my camera is not light with all the extra junk I have one it, battery grip, tele-lens, etc."
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"Overall this is a nice tripod, very light, nice features but could use some improvement to reach the $200 dollar level that I paid for it."
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"Light, sturdy, great for travel and exploring field works."
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"For travel, the tripod is not super light weight, but considering the weight it handles, I'm happy to carry it."
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"Not very light but still easy to carry around."
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"I would highly recommend this tripod for anyone needing a strong and light weight tripod."
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Packaging

Packaging:
"So, with a tripod and a monopod in one package, could one go wrong?"
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"Folds down to a very compact package for travel and the carrying bag is of good quality."
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"The MeFOTO folds up into a very compact package; it comes in a well padded carrying bag with nice shoulder strap."
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"Quick shipping with Prime, excellent packaging."
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"After the wrap, the fun drops considerably, but the nice tiny package you end up with is well worth the small amount of work you put into collapsing this thing and putting it away."
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"First, it arrived on time, very well packaged and I was surprised to learn it comes in a very nice carrying case."
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Price

Price:
"I was looking for a lightweight tripod to upgrade from the cheap flimsy tripod that came in the accessory kit with my camera."
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"But the bag is already broken due to cheap plastic part."
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"My sole complaint relates to the fact that the price increases depending upon which colour you select; this does not make any sense to me when the tripod has exactly the same features regardless of the colour chosen."
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"I'm not sure how well they will hold up after years of abuse, but for the price and abuse I've put my tripod through already I'm betting it'll last a while."
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"Mine is only one example but the problem may go with the territory at this price point and more expensive balls exist that don't do this."
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"Other than the price, the only downside is the weight."
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"Very well made, doesn't feel cheap."
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"it is really one of the best price quality tripods out there, i bought the roadtrip and will be ordering a backpacker soon."
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"But nonetheless great buying for the price! "
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"Though easily worth price anytime."
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"Good tripod for the price."
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Quality

Quality:
"It's my first proper tripod, so while it's quality and flexibilities may be mediocre for other more professional photographers."
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"There are other tripods that provide the same folding mechanism, but based on my research, the quality of those manufacturers are not as good as MeFoto's."
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"If I really needed to monopod shots more frequently or for extended periods of time, I would buy a high quality monopod (without a head).And the best feature is it's size."
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"The overall quality of the tripod is very nice, I just have a small problem with the Quality Control (and this would pertain to the Chinese factory, Benro and then the seller)."
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"it is really one of the best price quality tripods out there, i bought the roadtrip and will be ordering a backpacker soon."
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"Folds down to a very compact package for travel and the carrying bag is of good quality."
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"The customer service of MAC Group is phenomenal and 2.This is a great quality travel tripod."
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"fantastic quality tripod, not the lightest, but it feels solid and movements are super smooth"
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"Feels like great quality, yet it's little."
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Quick

Quick:
"One or more have complained about the quick release plate not gripping a DSLR tight enough."
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"( I will have to make sure my camera bag is loaded with stuff to act as a weight when in the field, (I'm not going to carry a dumbbell around) As for the quick release legs...well I like the setup, I find that the twist-release knobs do work, but feel loose after moving the pod around the yard to take shots, I feel I have to re-check the tightness before I let go the tripod."
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"Easy to adjust, plus it comes with a quick release plate."
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"The twist locks for the legs are great I don't like flip locks but these are super easy to operate and makes set up and tear down quick and easy."
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"Setting up the tripod is very easy and quick; just make a 1 4 twist on the leg and extend all the segments; tighten each segment with 1 4 twist3."
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"This may or may not be important to you, but its frustrading to have degree measurements on the head but no quick way to effectively make use of them."
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Rubber

Rubber:
"The monopod feature is really cool and I've used it a couple times especially when sitting in a crowd and trying to take in some zoomed in shots, but the same problem with the feet I've lost my rubber foot because as it sits on the monopod it can slowly twist off as you're trying to take some action shots."
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"I suppose if I have a complaint it's that if you need to change the rubber feet to spikes you actually have to unscrew the rubber feet out and then screw in the spike feet which are not attached to the leg unlike some tripods were you simply twist the rubber feet up and expose the spike."
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"It comes with rubber feet on but the nice travel bag has an inside zipper pocket that includes spiked feet for more rugged terrain use."
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"The monopod option is great, especially with rubber feet (since spikes would be tilting on ground)."
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"Rubber, aluminum, foams, screw-in threading are of very good quality as well."
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"I tried a place a think layer of rubber between the plate and the camera, but only good when it is at straight up position."
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"Also included metal pointy feet (for outdoors) that replace the rubber feet, which is nice."
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Setup

Setup:
"This does you no good if you were hoping to setup a shot where you'd pan across a valley for instance."
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"I was worried at first that this tripod would not be able to support my heavy camera setup, but it seems I shouldn't have been concerned."
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"Seemed sturdy, although I question the maximum load as I was not always comfortable feeling the set-up was a little top heavy."
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"( I will have to make sure my camera bag is loaded with stuff to act as a weight when in the field, (I'm not going to carry a dumbbell around) As for the quick release legs...well I like the setup, I find that the twist-release knobs do work, but feel loose after moving the pod around the yard to take shots, I feel I have to re-check the tightness before I let go the tripod."
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"Easy to setup, sturdy and very well built."
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"Operation-Very easy to open and setup."
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"It's easy to set-up and use."
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"This is a great tripod that is quick and easy setup."
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Size

Size:
"One disappointment is not being able to get as low to ground as I would like because of the center column, however, I am taking a small tabletop tripod along which should solve that problem."
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"I then read some reviews online and feared I bought the wrong size."
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"If I really needed to monopod shots more frequently or for extended periods of time, I would buy a high quality monopod (without a head).And the best feature is it's size."
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"The overall quality of the tripod is very nice, I just have a small problem with the Quality Control (and this would pertain to the Chinese factory, Benro and then the seller)."
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"I have about 5 tripods for different uses, and this is a great small tripod that works great for museums and parks (Disney) where carrying around a larger tripod just isn't practical."
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"This folds up so small you can take it in a carry on luggage which is great for flying somewhere."
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"Collapses quite small making it easy to travel with."
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"I love the colors ,and its ability to fold really small ."
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"Not only does it hold nearly 18 pounds of gear (a pro dslr and 70-200 f2.8 weighs less then 10 pounds just fyi) but this thing folds up nice and small."
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Speed

Speed:
"It's totally worth the expense and shipping was fabulously fast."
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"Generally I love this tripod - the monopod conversion is fast and convenient, and it's great for wandering around busy places without having a large tripod footprint."
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"Have used the monopod feature - most recently on a music video shoot and it worked great; very fast to switch over and back."
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"- easy and fast to install and to retract."
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"The legs extend or fold up fast and smoothly, and even with the thinnest segments extended, stability is not bad."
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Stability

Stability:
"I do not have much experience with other tripods, but I am aware of how cheaper ones can quickly fail over time and provide less stability, thus leading to another tripod purchase."
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"It has stability (more than I expected), good height, good weight (portability)."
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"The legs extend or fold up fast and smoothly, and even with the thinnest segments extended, stability is not bad."
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"The tripod's stability may be insufficient for a professional under some conditions, but it is good enough for me."
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"The slightly extra weight of the Roadtrip would add additional stability and be able to carry 17.6 lbs of equipment, making it more versatile for non-wilderness uses such as wedding photography, though mind you, weddings can sometimes be wilderness in their own right :) The Roadtrip, in other words, would allow me to mount a 400mm Canon lens, should I ever go that route, whereas the Backpacker would not be recommended for such scenario."
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"I love this little tripod because of it's light weight, stability, and ease of use."
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Support

Support:
"Really sturdy build and very convenient to have around, The lower legs are a bit wobbly and look a bit flimsy but it does the job, it supports my heavy camera and it stands strong."
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"With that being said, even when I had adequate time to set everything up just right, I have had numerous times where the tripod is unable to support my camera and lens."
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"I was worried at first that this tripod would not be able to support my heavy camera setup, but it seems I shouldn't have been concerned."
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"Flimsy when fully extended and doesn't feel like it supports the camera well."
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"As light as it is, it supports my Sony A6000 with the zoom lens and adapter with ease."
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"The tripod would need to be able to support all that weight for when I go on a professional shoot, yet be portable for airport carry-on and strapping to my backpack."
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"It easily supports my full size dslr with a 35-100mm 2.0 which is very heavy glass."
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"Supports with ease even in a portrait position."
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Travel

Travel:
"Takes longer to set up than I would like but travel tripods require some compromise and that is the only one I have."
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"Most travel tripod are short and flimsy."
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"The lightweight ones are too flimsy and produce shaky images with my Canon 7D and the heavy duty ones are too annoying to travel with (I go camp in the mountains, went backpacking through Europe, and just like to have it on me when I walk around NYC)."
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"But let's face it, for travel use it is not the best choice!"
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"It comes with rubber feet on but the nice travel bag has an inside zipper pocket that includes spiked feet for more rugged terrain use."
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"Collapses quite small making it easy to travel with."
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"Folds down to a very compact package for travel and the carrying bag is of good quality."
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"The customer service of MAC Group is phenomenal and 2.This is a great quality travel tripod."
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"Light, sturdy, great for travel and exploring field works."
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Tripod

Tripod:
"Many people were willing to buy this tripod off me as they complained about the weight of theirs."
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"I never thought I'd love a tripod."
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"I was looking for a lightweight tripod to upgrade from the cheap flimsy tripod that came in the accessory kit with my camera."
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"Takes longer to set up than I would like but travel tripods require some compromise and that is the only one I have."
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"I do not have much experience with other tripods, but I am aware of how cheaper ones can quickly fail over time and provide less stability, thus leading to another tripod purchase."
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"I have about 5 tripods for different uses, and this is a great small tripod that works great for museums and parks (Disney) where carrying around a larger tripod just isn't practical."
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"Otherwise, great little tripod that fits the job perfectly."
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"This has been a great tripod!"
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"Having owned the roadtrip tripod for several months now I still love it and would recommend it to anyone searching for a lightweight tripod that is compact enough to be usable in multiple locations."
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Weight

Weight:
"Many people were willing to buy this tripod off me as they complained about the weight of theirs."
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"I was looking for a lightweight tripod to upgrade from the cheap flimsy tripod that came in the accessory kit with my camera."
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"i wold trust my camera on that super cheap tripod allot more than i would trust it on this tripod, that is as long as i do not have a heavy, long zoom lens on the cheap tripod, it might be just fine but i do not want to risk the head not being able to hold the weight of the lens."
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"Other than the price, the only downside is the weight."
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"I was worried about the sturdiness vs the lightweight, my fears are put to rest."
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"The lightweight ones are too flimsy and produce shaky images with my Canon 7D and the heavy duty ones are too annoying to travel with (I go camp in the mountains, went backpacking through Europe, and just like to have it on me when I walk around NYC)."
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"A great feature is that this is very packable and so lightweight at just under 3lbs and about 16inches long when folded."
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"Having owned the roadtrip tripod for several months now I still love it and would recommend it to anyone searching for a lightweight tripod that is compact enough to be usable in multiple locations."
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"Sturdy, lightweight, nice carrying bag with shoulder strap."
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"Best Tripod on the market for portability, extremely lightweight and very easy to set up and pack up."
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"For travel, the tripod is not super light weight, but considering the weight it handles, I'm happy to carry it."
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