If you remember Toby’s review of the MeFOTO Backpacker he was quite the fan of the lightweight travel tripod. This week MeFOTO has announced a new version of their popular line of travel tripods that are lighter, faster, and easier-to-use. The biggest new change, MeFOTO switched from the previous monopod alternative setup to a new capability of turning into a selfie stick.

MeFOTO HyperLock Setup and breakdown times have been significantly reduced with a new HyperLock Design. HyperLock reduces weight, size, ease of use, and setup time with a new twist to lock foot setup to extend the legs. In total almost a 30% reduction in weight compared to the previous models MeFOTO Air is a great choice for a travel or hiking photographer.

With the switch to HyperLock specs have changed a bit since last year. Out of the line on average their load capacity is 25% less but still plenty to hold anything you would need. A bit less rugged as well as they’ve also removed the spiked feet; in the case of the WalkAbout it has lost its weather and dust resistance. In terms of packed size the WalkAbout is 5 inches smaller while for the most part tripods receive a small size reduction, the best being the BackPacker at 2.2 inches. With the redesign the minimum and maximum heights have been nicely improved giving the tripods a bit more range for height or getting low to the ground. A better Intuitive design, with the change Mefoto has added icons on the legs for ease of use to those not familiar with the HyperLock design. Keeping the setup from the previous generation ball heads are arca-type compatible for the industry standard quick release plate.

MeFOTO BluetoothOne feature missing from the tripods for this generation is the ability to be used as a monopod. In it’s place you now have the option to pull the central column out for use as a extending selfie stick. With the central column out you can connect a cell phone adapter plate to attach your phone (see video). MeFoto has even added a Bluetooth remote that stays with the tripod to fire the phone. As with Toby traveling with McKay Photography, having a selfie stick on hand during a trip to use is a nice touch without having to carry any extra gear.

You can pre-order through the links below, the MeFOTO air line will start to ship November, 1st of this year.

untitled-1Pre-order your tripod or monopod in a variety of colors from B&H. The MeFOTO Air line will be available and start shipping November 1st, 2016.

MeFOTO WalkAbout Air Aluminum Monopod $65MeFOTO WalkAbout Air

Load Capacity: 22.1 lb Max Height: 59.1″ Closed Length: 13.4″
Sections: 6 Weight: 0.9 lb Translucent Silicon Hand Grip
1/4″-20 Mounting Screw Adjustable Wrist Strap Anodized-Aluminum Finish

MeFOTO BackPacker Air MeFOTO BackPacker Air Travel Tripod $125

Load Capacity: 8.8 lb Max Height: 59.5″ Min Height: 11.2″
Folded Length: 14.4″ Leg Sections: 5 Weight: 1.98 lb
Carrying Case Included Built-In Selfie Stick Smartphone Adapter & Bluetooth Remote

MeFOTO RoadTrip Air MeFOTO RoadTrip Air Travel Tripod $175

Load Capacity: 13.2 lb Max Height: 61″ Min Height: 11.4″
Folded Length: 15″ Leg Sections: 5 Weight: 2.5 lb
Carrying Case Included Built-In Selfie Stick Smartphone Adapter & Bluetooth Remote

MeFOTO GlobeTrotter AirMeFOTO GlobeTrotter Air Travel Tripod $225

Load Capacity: 17.6 lb Max Height: 68.1″ Min Height: 12″
Folded Length: 16.7″ Leg Sections: 5 Weight: 3.2 lb
Carrying Case Included Built-In Selfie Stick Smartphone Adapter & Bluetooth Remote


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