Lightweight inexpensive monopod gets the job done
In my search for inexpensive, but effective camera gear, I came across the AmazonBasics Carbon Fiber Monopod. In my opinion, there is no downside to buying AmazonBasics products. I’ve looked to them for HDMI cables and other products in the past. Surprisingly, camera gear from Amazon – from bags to monopods – is wonderful gear that lets you get the job done without spending an arm and leg.
When I first started collecting my camera gear, I didn’t see a specific need for a monopod. After all, I had a great tripod. Then I discovered when I was doing ‘run and gun’ video shoots — like at CES — a monopod can be very helpful because it’s so much more lightweight than a full tripod and it still helps to stabilize shots. The AmazonBasics monopod is made of lightweight 8X carbon fiber. It’s designed specifically for use with DSLRs, compact, and action cameras.
The monopod weighs just under 1 pound and measures 17.5 to 61 inchdes (fully extended). There are 5 extendable sections with rubber twist locks for adjusting the height of the monopod. It can support up to 22 pounds and includes a reversible 1/4″-20 and 3/8″-16 screw on the mounting plate. As a bonus, the monopod ships with a carrying bag and wrist strap. The monopod has a comfortable hand grop and comes with both a solid rubber foot and screw-in spike for stability outdoors.
When I picked up the AmazonBasics Carbon Fiber Monopod I wasn’t expecting it to be all that great. I own a wonderful Manfrotto monopod that I use all the time. When I use it, I know my camera and equipment is going to be ok. It’s very sturdy and Manfrotto makes some of the best camera gear around. While I was at CES, I found that I needed a second monopod for the other writers who went with me but I didn’t want to invest in another Manfrotto monopod for that use only. That’s when I looked into the AmazonBasics version.
The Carbon Fiber Monopod from Amazon is actually lighter in weight than my Manfrotto and still seems solid for professional use. Something that the AmazonBasics version has over the Manfrotto is that the Amazon monopod has a removable rubber foot that can be replaced with a stabilizing screw-in metal spike for outdoor use in grassy areas. The Manfrotto does not have that.
The AmazonBasics monopod is a great piece of equipment for when you need extra gear for your team. It’s sturdy and isn’t as big of an investment money-wise as a premium monopod might be. When you hand it off to your team members, you won’t need to worry about the gear not being able to handle the job they are using it for. I really enjoy the Amazon Basic monopod and will probably use it for times I want to pack super light.
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