Available in 12 metallic colours which range from hot pink to gold, the BackPacker A0350Q0 is the most stylish tripod in the test. It’s also bundled with the only head to offer two separate friction controls, one for ball movement, and one for 360° head panning. The benefit of this is that unlike the others in the group, a mounted camera can be locked into position and then panned, without loosening the whole thing. A bubble level is present on its top, but disappointingly a tool is required to attach its plate, and there’s no secondary safety catch offered.
With its five-section legs the tripod extends to maximum working height of 132cm, with two angle positions selectable using a metal speed release. Unlike the Velbon UT-53D, its telescopic legs don’t twist to fix their length, instead a ring on each section rotates to lock. This mechanism helps to reduce the tripod’s setup time to a speed that’s more in line with those fitted with flip locks. Narrowing down at their ends there is some notable ‘whip’ in the legs, but the BackPacker did feel secure when fully locked down. Maximum load capacity is a respectable 4kg. The tripod’s telescopic centre column is fixed and can’t be inverted – a working height of 43.5cm is its minimum.
Collapsing down to 32cm the tripod weighs 1182g, making it the second lightest in the test. Colourful and with some unique features, it’s a well-rounded model, but lacks the height available elsewhere.
- Street price: £124.95 (As of July 2016)
- Max height: 130cm
- Min height: 32cm
- Max load: 4kg
- Weight: 1.17kg
- Visit: www.mefoto.com/uk
This review was first published in the Spring 2016 issue of Digital Photo - download back issues here.