MeFoto A1350Q1 Roadtrip Travel Tripod: Carry On Bag Ready

I recently went to Istanbul, Turkey, with my Canon EOS 5D Mark III and one of my favorite lenses, the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens (which is an amazing lens by the way – sharp, sharp, sharp) but I had to leave my tripod in my fiance’s apartment in Moscow because we were traveling light and my Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod was just too big to fit in my carry-on bag…

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Let me tell you, the Hagia Sofia church and the Blue Mosque were amazing at night.  Here's one of the shots:

This shot would have been considerably better with a tripod (the extremely high ISO on the 5D Mark III salvaged it a bit, but I lost a lot of other shots)

Unfortunately, I missed a number of amazing night shots on a trip I may never get the chance to repeat, all because I didn't have a tripod that would fit into my carry-on suitcase.

You can probably relate - you know you're about to capture that perfect shot and you lose it forever all because you didn't make a small investment in the right gear...

Anyway, as soon as I got back to the U.S., I started researching tripods that were:

  • Compact
  • Sturdy
  • Convertible into a monopod (for those locations where a tripod will trip all the tourists - like inside the Hagia Sofia church).
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    Able to handle a lot of weight (I use a Canon BG-E11 battery grip and I love it so much that I never take it off my camera - it seems like I never run out of juice with that thing)
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    Highly rated by real owners (I like to know my gear is going to work before going out into the field)

This is where a monopod would have been handy - inside the Hagia Sofia church where a tripod would have been knocked over (the place was packed with tourists).

After doing a ridiculous amount of late night research, I found one tripod that fits the bill perfectly:

The MeFoto Roadtrip Travel Tripod

MeFoto A1350Q1T Roadtrip Travel Tripod – This tripod comes with a ball head, holds 17.6 pounds, folds down to 15.4 inches (awesome), converts into a monopod, and comes in multiple colors.

This tripod folds down to a very compact little package...

​But you don't have to sacrifice max height like you do on most compact tripods...

And it comes with an Arca-Swiss style quick release plate and ball head...

MeFoto A1350Q1T Traveler Tripod - Great for a Carry-On Bag

Just 15.4" - perfect for most carry-on bags or backpacks

MeFoto Roadtrip Extended

The Roadtrip Tripod has a range of 15.4" to 61.6" (awesome for a compact tripod if you ask me).

MeFoto Roadtrip with Ball Head

The ball head and Arca-Swiss style compatible quick release plate is included

The MeFoto Roadtrip Versus the MeFoto Backpacker

It really comes down to personal preference.  I believe both tripods are well made, but I personally prefer the Roadtrip because it extends higher - up to 61.6 inches (I'm a tall guy). 

Conclusions

I really like this tripod.  If you travel or if you want a lightweight, super-compact tripod capable of fitting into a carry-on bag, I highly recommend the MeFoto Roadtrip (because I use it and love it).

The MeFoto A1350 Roadtrip Travel Tripod is a no-brainer, but you probably won't be able to get it locally for that last minute trip that's just around the corner, so pick one up today and be prepared so you don't miss a single amazing shot...


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James - April 20, 2014

Thank you for the very in depth review! I have a question for you: You said that, in general, you like Manfrotto tripods. So, what was it that made you decide on the Mefoto over the Manfrotto BeFree? Any chance you might be doing some comparison videos at some point in the future?

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    Tripod for DSLR - May 8, 2014

    Good question James. I love Manfrotto, but in this case, I wanted a carry-on suitcase size tripod (which the Manfrotto Mefree is) that would also support a lot of gear. The Mefree holds 8.8 lbs versus the MeFoto A1350 which will hold 18.6 lbs of gear (and it turns into a monopod)

    And the MeFoto A1350 is 1.7 lbs lighter, which is important if you’re lugging a lot of gear around (I’m often shooting with a Canon 5D Mark III with the Canon BG-E11 battery grip and a heavy Canon EF 28-300 mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.

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Ray Lee - April 22, 2014

Thanks for the detailed review Jason. I’ve been considering this tripod but other reviews have given the impression the larger Globetrotter would be better for a full frame camera. I’m planning to buy a Nikon D610 and I intend using my Tamron SP 70-300mm f4-5.6 Di VC USD Lens with it, together weighing 1.615kg so well within the 8Kg spec for the Roadtrip. Do you think the Roadtrip can handle it? I’m also considering the Sirui T-1205X because it is even more compact and lighter, but doesn’t go as high (but I’m only %’4″) and doesn’t convert to a monopod.

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    Tripod for DSLR - May 8, 2014

    Hi Ray,

    The Roadtrip is rated up to 18.6 lbs of gear and I’ve used it with my normal setup (Canon 5D Mark III with the Canon BG-E11 battery grip and a heavy Canon EF 28-300 mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.) without issue. The main reason to go with the Roadtrip is the length when completely collapsed (I needed something I could fit in my carry-on bag because I get nervous putting expensive gear into checked bags). With that said, the Globetrotter is just slightly longer and it carries 7.8 additional pounds of gear.

    Measure your suitcase (if that’s important to you) and if it can accommodate 16.1 inches plus a little room for the padding on the carry-case (maybe diagonally), go for the Globetrotter (which does convert to a monopod, unlike the Sirui T-1205X) – it will handle a lot of weight (26.4 lbs (12 kg)).

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Steve - August 13, 2014

Outstanding (and very timely) review! The MeFoto A1350Q1 is just the kind of tripod I’m looking for.

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Thomas Whitman - August 23, 2014

You have converted me to the MeFoto, however I do not do any traveling to speak of and am seriously considering the C2350 QW2T. I do mostly wild life and landscape, my heaviest lens is the canon 100-400mm. Do you feel the 2350 would be a good fit for me?
Thank you in advance,
Tommy

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    Tripod for DSLR - December 18, 2014

    Hi Thomas. Unfortunately, I’m not familiar with the C2350 QW2T.

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Sylvia - September 14, 2014

Hi Jason. I just see your detail review at You Tube about this Tripod. I have already get one in my shopping bag at Amazon actually. But i have a questions that maybe you can help.
My camera is not like the big DSLR. But i just bought Fujifilm X-100T. Is this Mefoto Tripod can use with this camera? Thank you. Looking foward to hear from you.
Kind Regards,
Sylvia

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    Tripod for DSLR - December 18, 2014

    Hi Sylvia, yes, it will definitely work with the Fujifilm X-100T.

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nico - January 10, 2015

Nice review! Thank you!

I just bought this very MeFoto tripod to go with my a600 which I mostly use to shoot videos.
Thank to the very fluid heas, I find easy to shoot panos in video mode horizontally, even if there is no long handle like in a video head. I move with two finger the smooth head…
Question: how can I shoot panos from top to bottom or viceversa in video mode with this tripod?
Do MeFoto provide any accessories to make this tripod more video friendly?
Ciao

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    Tripod for DSLR - April 30, 2015

    Hey Nico, if you want to shoot panos “top to bottom”, that’s going to be a challenge with the included head. I use a Manfrotto 701HDV head (replaced by the 502 HD), which is made for video, to get those kinds of nice, smooth shots because I can adjust the tension.

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Alyson - February 8, 2015

I love my Mefoto tripod. However I can’t seem to keep the plate secure to my camera. After a short use, it loosens up, despite using a coin to really tighten. I was thinking of replacing the head with a Manfrotto ball head. Do you have any recommendations? Thank you for any suggestions.

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    Tripod for DSLR - April 30, 2015

    Alyson, that’s a bummer. Are you making sure to release the tension on the ball head or the pan friction control when you change the camera position? If so, and it’s still an issue, check out this Manfrotto head review.

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vera - February 20, 2015

I think this might be exactly what I’m looking for. comp, lightweight and safe. thank you.

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Don - April 30, 2015

This is the review I’ve been waiting for. Like Ray Lee above I am comparing/contrasting the MeFoto RoadTrip with the Me Foto GlobeTrotter (in Carbon Fibre). Weight is about the same with the GlobeTrotter just an inch longer (as stated) and a bit bulkier but capable of handling more weight (and being steadier?). There is not enough weight savings between the aluminum and carbon fibre RoadTrip for the added cost.

I too compared the Manfrotto BeFree, but I prefer the twist-lock leg sections to the lever-locks. Also in the store sample of the BeFree the lever locks did not hold tight when I leaned on the tripod. Have not yet made my purchase, but it will be soon. Thank you.

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    Tripod for DSLR - April 30, 2015

    Hey Don, if you want to be able to put your tripod in a carry-on bag, then I’d go with the RoadTrip. I recently had to purchase a new carry-on bag overseas when the airline lost my bags and all of the local shops had even smaller carry-on bags than commonly found in the U.S.A. If carry-one is not a big concern, then I’d go with the Globetrotter due to the weight capacity and slightly increased stability in the wind. And yes, I like the twist-locks as well – they are very fast.

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Tom - June 27, 2015

Thanks for in-depth review of the MeFoto Road Trip A1350 tripod. I stopped by the local camera shop today and was shown this model with a Canon 7D Mark II mounted on it. What a dream! This experience along with your review convinces me that this is the tripod for me.

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    Tripod for DSLR - July 4, 2015

    You’re welcome Tom – I’m sure you’ll love the A1350 🙂

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Michael - August 3, 2015

Thank you for the thorough review! I recently purchased one of these but have not had an opportunity to use it yet. Now that I’ve seen your review it will make it easier for me to take advantage of all the features and get the most out of it. I really like how easily it converts to a monopod which I do like to shoot with on occasion. Thanks again!

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    Tripod for DSLR - August 3, 2015

    My pleasure Michael – glad you enjoyed it!

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Ariel - August 14, 2015

Hello, would you think the MeFoto Roadtrip is overkill for a Panasonic fz200? Just watched your video and l like this tripod for all its features.

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    Tripod for DSLR - December 12, 2015

    Hi Ariel,

    I think the MeFoto Roadtrip will work well with the FZ200, and if you ever decide to go with a different camera, you won’t need to buy another tripod.

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Ariel - August 14, 2015

Hello. Do you think the Mefofo A1350 is overkill for a ‘bridge’ camera like the Panasonic FZ200? I like all the features you showed in your review.
Thank you very much.
Ariel

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    Tripod for DSLR - June 5, 2016

    No, I don’t think it’s overkill. It’s light weight and should last you for years to come as long as it’s taken care of.

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Nerida - August 26, 2015

I have been researching this tripod and the globetrotter for my Nikon 7200 with 18-200, Micro 105 and possible 70-300. This tripod after looking at it I feel is ideal. Now the big issue of colour. So many choices – but will probably get black or silver. A great review and looks like a lovely tripod. I was going to get carbon fibre for paying and extra $185 for 200grams it not worthing IMO.

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    Tripod for DSLR - June 5, 2016

    I think that’s a good choice. Thanks!

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Diane - January 22, 2016

I don’t really want to spend the money for the MeFoto, right now, as I’m just a beginner.

What are your thoughts on the Dolica TX570B150SL Ultra Compact Tripod ?

It’s light enough for hiking/backpack, right? I’m debating between this, the Dolica GX600B200 and Amazon Basic 60″ tripod. Your thoughts/recommendations?

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    Tripod for DSLR - June 5, 2016

    I’m not very familiar with that tripod, but I believe it will work for you if your DSLR isn’t too heavy. I tend to buy for where I want to go rather than for the point where I am today, and something like a tripod tends to last for years to come if you go for a quality tripod.

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Sohel rana - June 2, 2016

i lost my Quick Release Plates for the MeFoto A1350Q1W. cane u help me where cane i buy

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    Tripod for DSLR - June 4, 2016

    You can find them on Amazon. Here’s the link.

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Wes - September 28, 2016

This is the kind of review I look for when searching video reviews on YouTube and there is another good review comparing to a Dolica model I had in mind. Mind you I did not purchase from Amazon as there’s just know way I’d spend as much on a tripod as the camera I own. I’ve got a bridge Nikon L830 and was definitely going for the comperable Dolica 570DS @ $70 but found these MeFoto Roadtrips being sold by a major retailer as in-store demo units for a considerable savings so I felt comfortable rolling the dice thanks in part to your detailed review. Looking to upgrade to yet another bridge with manual controls or possibly a 2 lens DSLR starter kit and I’m sure the MeFoto Roadtrip will be a valuable asset on my lumbar pack.

Sorry for no Amazon revenue, I do appreciate the quality review and like I say on the rifle forums, Happy Shooting!

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    Tripod for DSLR - October 9, 2016

    @Wes – Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts on the reviews. I really appreciate it and believe you’ll love your new tripod.

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