There are times when a big, burly tripod just isn’t necessary or even practical. Fortunately, there’s a new tripod line on the market by MeFoto (a Benro brand) that provides many of the same benefits of a full-size tripod but in a lightweight, compact package: the MeFoto Travel Tripod with Ballhead.
I’ve been using the MeFoto BackPacker, the smallest tripod in the line, for several months and have found it to be a useful addition to my camera kit. When not in use the legs fold up and around the center column and ballhead to create an extremely compact package measuring about 12.5” in length. At its widest point, it’s only 3.75” across when folded and the whole thing weighs less than 3 pounds. Toss it in a suitcase or backpack and you’ll hardly even know it’s there until you need it. And yet, for a tripod that packs down so small, the BackPacker tops out at a respectable 51” at maximum extension.
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Here in Gear 30, we have the MeFoto Backpack Traveler Tripod. It folds down to 12 inches, but it can also extend up to 51 using the rapid center column. It includes a ball head, which has separate pan and lock knobs, along with an Arca-Swiss plate. It can hold up to 8.8 pounds. It comes with a shoulder strap, along with a carrying case. It’s available in multiple colors at Outdoorphotogear.com.
Today on Gear:30! The Think Tank Photo Speed Freak. The Think Speed Freak V2.0 carries one standard size DSLR plus 2 to 3 zoom lenses. Fits a 70-200 f2.8 detached from camera with hood reversed. A great bag for the photographer on the go.
So today on Gear 30, you got the Speed Freak from Think Tank Photo. It’s a bag that can carry a standard DSLR along with a couple of lenses. It can fit a 72 to 200 2.8 detached from the camera with delivery verse. Has a flip-top design to it so you can access all the main contents from the inside, but it also has a zipper, right here on top, so you can just access this thing without having to open up the main zipper itself. It can be worn as a shoulder bag or as a belt pack. It’s an excellent bag for any photographer on the go. And, you can get it at outdoorphotogear.com
Today on Gear:30! The olloclip Lens System for iPhone. Nestled in the palm of your hand, the olloclip connects to the iPhone within seconds so you’ll be sure to capture the image you want. Fisheye, Wide Angle or Macro!
Today on Gear 30, we have the olloclip Lens system. It’s a quick-connect, all-in-one solution for the iPhone 4, 4S and 5. It includes a fish eye, a wide angle, and a macro lens all in one small, easy-to-use, convenient package that fits into your pocket. It’s constructed from aircraft-grade aluminum and attaches to your iPhone within seconds. You can get it at outdoorphotogear.com for right under $70.
Today on Gear 30, we have a brand new product from Gura Gear. It’s called the Sabi Sack. It’s a compact beanbag system with a double pillow design. The traditional beanbag can be cumbersome at times, but this is ideal for those who have small or medium telephoto lenses. The zipper is in an ideal location with an easy fill, yet it’s also concealed and comes with a leak-stop tab. The bag is made here in the U.S.A. and it’s completely handmade and it’s able to withstand the harshest use. You can find the Sabi Sack at OutdoorPhotoGear.com for $40.
Here in Gear 30, we have the Yeti Slim Strap from Black Rapid. It can hold two bodies and lenses and has a non-slip grip, right here on the shoulder pad. The secondary strap can be detached, and the Yeti can turn into a sports strap with an underarm BRAD stabilizer. So, if you get a contract with National Geographic to document the Abominable Snowman, be sure to pick up one of these straps before you go on your trip.
Today on Gear:30! 3 Legged Thing – Keith. The 3 Legged Thing X0 Keith Evolution 2 Compact Carbon Fiber Tripod System with AirHed 0 Ballhead is designed for smaller compact and mirrorless camera systems. Built to withstand loads up 26.45 lbs, Keith is powerful beyond his size, and folds up to the size of a 70-200mm lens.
Today on Gear 30, we have Keith from 3 Legged Thing. It comes with a ball-head that has separate pan and tilt-lock knobs, as well as Arca-Swiss style quick-release plate. The tripod is carbon fiber, weighing in less than two pounds, and can support nearly 27 pounds of weight. It’s very compact and can fold down to about the size of a [70 to 200] millimeter lens. But it can also extend up to a maximum height of 31 inches. This is a perfect setup for any compact, mirrorless, or even DSLR camera system. You can get Keith from 3 Legged Thing at outdoorphotogear.com.
Gear:30 today! The Black Rapid FR-4 Stealth Socket Attachment. The attachment is optimized to reduce noise and remains the perfect means to carry your camera and lens. Finished in robust black vinyl, its solid stainless-steel core creates an easy and secure connection to your camera’s tripod or Black Rapid strap.
Today’s gear is the Black Rapid Fastener Stealth. The piece is perfect for those photogs who are needing to be discreet in order not to distract from the event that they are shooting. The durable black vinyl finish complete with the stainless steel core creates an easy and secure connection to your camera. It comes with a rubber washer, which prevents over-tightening. It’s compatible with all Black Rapid straps and you can get it at outdoorphotogear.com for $15.