Crazefoto 60-inch Camera Monopod
- Could be decent for smaller point and shoot cameras
- Product description and photos are misleading
- When used for suggested uses, the product broke
Product Description Misleading for Potential Buyers
It’s really important to research the equipment you buy before you buy it. I’m really glad that I am able to leave a review about this monopod for others to be able to avoid it if it’s not the right thing for them. At first glance, this monopod is inexpensive and useful as a simple stability device. Unfortunately, my experiences with it were less than amazing.
Since the manufacturer does not have a professional website, the only details I can provide come from the product’s Amazon page. The seller, Crazefoto, describes this monopod as a tool for cameras as well as a walking stick for outdoor use. It is constructed from aluminum and collapses down to 14.5″. It only weighs 0.51 pounds and has a universal thread mount for users to be able to attach any DSLR, still camera, video camera or ball head. There is a rubber, non-skid foot built into the base for all terrains. At the top of the monopod, you will find a soft foam grip and safety wrist strap attached to the staff. The monopod is designed with a flip lock four-leg section.
The monopod comes in a simple box with limited information printed on the box. Given the information provided on Amazon, I expected to have a different experience than I did. I have broken down the review into a few different categories.
Crazefoto vs. YunTeng: The first thing I noticed was that the monopod while branded as ‘Crazefoto’ on Amazon, has the name ‘YunTeng’ stamped on it. While this doesn’t really affect the use of the product, I wanted to point it out as something that is odd with it. It is the product I ordered — just branded differently.
Hiking or Camera Equipment: The second thing I noticed was that Crazefoto lists this as not only a monopod for cameras, but also a walking stick. While this might be true, I wouldn’t use a monopod as a walking stick and vice versa.
Foam Grip Fail: The next thing I noticed was that the foam grip doesn’t stay in place. It slides up and down the stick without hesitation. This has been the case since I removed it from the box. For something that is supposed to provide stabilization, I don’t like that the main grip might slide on me causing me to lose an important shot.
Twist Lock Break: This is actually one of the biggest problems I found with the monopod. The twist lock mechanism broke on me after using it five times. In between each of the locking levels, there is a plastic seal. One of the seals cracked (pictured) and this decreased the stability of the monopod because it affects the locks.
Can’t Stand the Weight: My main concern with this monopod/walking stick is weight load and balance. The staff is made from aluminum and plastic and while it says it can hold up to 5 pounds, I don’t trust that. First of all, most people weigh more than 5 pounds and would exert more than that while using it as a walking stick. Second, the product description states that you can attach “any DSLR”. I have two Canon DSLRs. The one I use the most is the Canon 5D Mark IV. Its camera body (plus battery and memory cards) is right at 2 pounds. As soon as you add a lens on — especially a larger one — you hit that 5-pound mark rather quickly. In fact, I have the Canon 70-200 f2.8 lens and it weighs 3.3 pounds on its own. As soon as you put those two pieces together, you have a camera/lens combo that weighs over 5 pounds. I tried the monopod out with both the 5D Mark IV and a Canon 70D and both times the monopod buckled under the weight — even with smaller lenses attached.
Because of the issues I had using the monopod and with the problems, I found with its design, I really don’t find this to be a functional monopod for DSLR cameras. That said, I believe it could work well for smartphones (with a tripod adapter), smaller point-and-shoot consumer cameras, and perhaps even mirrorless cameras with smaller lenses. I guess what it really comes down to is that the product is described poorly for potential buyers. If it the product description were re-written for smaller cameras and the walking stick reference was taken out, this monopod would get a much higher rating in my book. I just found the product description — and photos — misleading.