MeFoto GlobeTrotter Carbon Test Results

The MeFoto tripods are a popular of compact travel tripods spun off from Benro.  The GlobeTrotter model is the largest they make, and is reasonably compact, but the weight pushes it into the range we expect from All-Around style tripods.  The short folded length is the most standout spec, especially since this is a design where the head can fold up between the legs.  The head is also included, but as always, all of the test results do not include the head to provide comparison consistency.  I also tested the very similar aluminum version, and found the stiffness and damping results to be overally very similar.  This is disappointing, as the carbon version should perform better.

NameMeFoto GlobeTrotter Carbon
ClassAll Around
Stiffness About Vertical Axis338 +/- 2 Nm/rad
Damping About Vertical Axis0.12 +/- 0.012 Js/rad
Stiffness About Radial Axis1241 +/- 6 Nm/rad
Damping About Radial Axis0.272 +/- 0.027 Js/rad
Retail Price$350
Weight2.98 lbs (1.35 kgs)
Manufacturer weight rating26.4 lbs
Maximum Height51.3 in (130.3 cm)
Minimum Height17.6 in (44.7 cm)
Max Height with Center Column60.3 in (153.2 cm)
Center ColumnYes
Base Diameter2.0 in (5.1 cm)
Folded Length16.1 in (40.9 cm)
Folded Circumference13.3 in (33.8 cm)
Folded Volume227.0 cu. in. (3.7 liters)
Leg MaterialCarbon Fiber
Leg Sections5
Primary Leg Angle24 deg
Leg LocksTwist
Top Tube Diameter28.6 mm
Second Tube Diameter24.5 mm
Third Tube Diameter21.7 mm
Fourth Tube Diameter18.3 mm
Fifth Tube Diameter14.8 mm
Exchangeable FeetYes
Foot TypeRubber
Bottom HookYes

The stiffness and damping data are the averages of 10 trials for each measurement.  The reported error is the standard error, except in the case of the damping data.  I have set the error in the damping at 10% as the standard error metric does not appropriately capture the error in fitting to the data.  All of the reported specifications are measured, with the exception of the weight rating.  The tripod is measured at full height, with the center column down.


Example data for oscillations about the vertical axis of the tripod:

Very nice fit.  The stiffness though is quite poor for a carbon fiber tripod.  Probably the penalty for having five leg sections.


Example data for oscillations about the radial axis of the tripod:

The data for the radial oscillations is often messy.  Not the case here.  Very good sharp resonance.  Easy to measure.