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Carbon Fiber Monopod 59 Inches Max Height, 13.1 Oz Weight
Get the stability and support you need for your camera using this 59-inch Carbon Fiber Monopod from Monoprice!
This carbon fiber monopod weighs only 13.1 oz. (370g), can be extended to a maximum of 59" (1500mm), and has a maximum weight capacity of 33 lbs. (15kg). When collapsed, it measures only 17.3" (440mm) long.
The four extendable sections can be locked into place using a simple twist-lock mechanism. A wristband at the top of the monopod can also be used for carrying it around as well as providing extra stability when taking photos or video.
It has an anti-slip rubber foot, so you can always be sure it stands right where you want it. The other end sports a reversible screw mount, with one side threaded for 1/4"x20 for direct camera or accessory mounting. The other side is threaded for 3/8"x16 and is for attaching a tripod head (not included).
The monopod includes a zippered nylon carry/storage bag with an adjustable carry strap. Also included is a 2.5mm hex wrench for locking the mounting ring in place. A non-slip foam handle ensures that you always maintain a firm grip, even in adverse weather conditions.
PROS: Light Weight
CONS: Wish it expanded about 6" more
To use the 1/4" camera mount you need the tap the mounting screw out of the mounting plate. Tap on the end that was screwed into the top of the monopod. The screw should pop out of the top of the mounting plate, and then you can flip it around..
Overall these monopods seem like a bargain. They aren't particularly light, but seem much higher quality and more durable than is typical for cheap monopods and tripods. I'm not sure they would be a good choice if your gear actually approaches the very high maximum capacities of 30+ pounds, though, because the friction locks are not very secure under a heavy load.
PROS: Very high material and design quality. Locks and camera mount are made of thick, heavy duty, precisely manufactured aluminum. The finishes are attractive and look professional.
It feels very solid when extended and is pretty straight. It doesn't bow out like many cheap telescopic products.
The camera mount is very large and locks onto my camera solidly.
Very subdued branding on the monopod itself, only a black-on-black Monoprice logo on the foam grip. The bag and wrist strap have bolder white monoprice logos, but I don't plan on using them.
CONS: No instructions included. It took me a minute to figure out how to switch the screw mount.
Locks are friction based and do not positively lock in place. Even with the locks very tight, the monopod will collapse a bit if you lean on it. I'm not sure the locks would be reliable near the stated maximum capacity.
The rubber foot seems to be fixed in place so you can't screw on a monopod stand.
The wrist strap attaches with a loose aluminum ring which can be very noisy.
PROS: Lightweight, solid construction, small size when collapsed
CONS: Mounting plate does not appear to be reversible (despite indications that it is in the description)