photo by keith novosel

photo by keith novosel

I really don’t use a tripod that often. With a camera body, a few lenses, chargers, usually a film camera of some kind, and sometimes even an underwater housing and swim fins, I find that I have enough gear to lug around already. I have a tripod that I sometimes think of bringing, but it usually only makes it on my adventures if I’m planning on shooting video.

But, there are a few situations where a tripod could really be useful to me:
  1. Macro work in tight spaces where there’s little room for error in focusing
  2. Self-timed shots that I would like to be in, with nobody to press the shutter
  3. Long exposures/Night shots

Without taking my full sized tripod with me, I either skip those kinds of shots or improvise by setting the camera on my camera bag or something else to stabilize it, with inconsistent results.

MeFOTO just released a new tripod that changes all of that. Their new Daytrip tripod is so small that I can now bring it along without adding a lot of hassle or without taking up much space. It’s perfect for anything from a point and shoot, to a mirrorless camera, up to an SLR with a small lens (so an SLR with a Lensbaby is a great match.) For a chance to win your own, along with a Lensbaby Spark, enter our contest here. The contest runs until 10/4/2013.

photo by keith novosel

photo by keith novosel

It’s very intuitive to use, expanding quickly into the height and position needed for a specific shot (as long as the shot doesn’t require a large tripod). I tested it out by using it in a few situations where a tripod was either necessary or extremely helpful.  

 

First of all, I tried a shot in my garden of some bell peppers using the Lensbaby Composer Pro with Double Glass Optic, along with the Macro Kit. The size of the tripod let me get down to the level of the plant without having legs so long that I had to worry about hitting other plants, and close-focusing with a stable base was much easier than handheld!

photo by keith novosel

photo by keith novosel

photo by keith novosel with double glass optic + macro kit

photo by keith novosel with double glass optic + macro kit

Next, I tried a situation where I needed a photo of myself in it with nobody else around to take it. I used the Composer Pro with Double Glass Optic again, this time to get a photo of me and my new puppy. With all of her energy, it still wasn’t the simplest shot to get. I had to pre-focus and hope that she wouldn’t run away during the self-timed 10 seconds I had between pushing the shutter and the photo being taken. It took a handful of tries and the focus still isn’t spot on, but it’s way better than it would’ve been without a tripod, and I’m happy with it under the circumstances.

photo by keith novosel

photo by keith novosel

photo by keith novosel with double glass optic

photo by keith novosel with double glass optic

Lastly, I decided to get a photo at a bonfire, where the 1/2 second exposure, even at ISO 1000, would have left a handheld shot looking blurry (and not in the desired Lensbaby kind of way). I love nighttime shots while camping, and I’m looking forward to putting this tripod in my bag on my adventures.

photo by keith novosel with edge 80 optic

photo by keith novosel with edge 80 optic

If you’re interested in the lens I use in this post, the Composer Pro with Double Glass Optic, we’re currently offering a free Accessory Kit with your purchase – click here for more info. Also, the Composer Pro and Edge 80 optic (used for the bonfire photo), are now finally available packaged together. Click here for more info.
MeFOTO also wrote up a blog with some Spark photos that they shot. Check it out here and explore their site to learn more about their tripods.