The monopod itself is made from Alumium-Magnesium alloy, with 4-sections that tighten with rotating twist locks and can extend up to around 1.8m in total. Just beneath the top of the monopod, the shaft has a closed cell foam grip, which is very welcome in cold conditions to spare your hands from the icy metal chill. If you ever need to use the monopod by itself in a conventional way, Benro have also included a conventional rubber foot if you prefer to remove the fold out feet. Of course, the video head can be removed and replaced with any standard tripod head. The top features a reversible ¼” and 3/8” thread screw, so you can either fit another head or mount a camera directly to the monopod. A set of allen keys and a spanner is supplied to aid with any adjustments needed.
I’ve used this video monopod with great success at sporting events, where I wanted to change viewpoints often, where crowds and limited space would make the use of a tripod impossible and even for product videos where the pan-tilt-swivel action was used to add camera movement to shots that would otherwise be static and boring. It is also a light weight solution, that is much easier to travel with when flying than a conventional tripod.
The overall build quality is really good and all components have a solid, quality feel to them. With the versatility of this solution and decent video head included in the bundle, this product offers great value for money and has been a remarkable addition to my equipment arsenal.
The kit contains the folllowing:
* Benro 4-section A48TD aluminium monopod with swivel and rubber foot
* Benro S4 pan and tilt video head
* Shoulder carry bag, padded with zip and shoulder strap
* Instruction manual, allen keys and spanner
Max height: 1836 mm
Collapsed length: 676 mm
Maximum load: 4 kg
Weight (video head inluded): 1.92 kg