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Giottos MV-8250 3-Section Monopod with Pan-Tilt Head

B&H # GIMP3 Mfr # MV8250
You Pay: $49.95
Product Highlights
  • Three Sections

The Giottos MV-8250 is a 3-section monopod that features a built-in pan/tilt head, and weighs only 1.69 lb. Designed for the photographer on the go, it will hold a camera and lens combination weighing up to 6.6 lb.

Maximum Height 59.1" (150.1 cm)
Folded Length 22.0" (55.9 cm)
Load Capacity 6.6 lb (3.0 kg)
Leg Sections 3
Leg Lock Type Twist locks
Male Thread Size 1/4"-20
Head Type Permanently mounted pan/tilt
Weight 1.69 lb (770 g)
Giottos MV-8250 3-Section Monopod with Pan-Tilt Head
  • 6E01 Quick Release Plate for MV & VT Series Tripods
  • Limited 12-Year Warranty
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    GiottosMV-8250 3-Section Monopod with Pan-Tilt Head
     
    4.0

    (based on 22 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    84%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (15)
    • Compact (10)
    • Strong construction (10)
    • Opens quickly (9)
    • Smooth movement (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel (8)
      • Sports/action (6)
      • Video (5)
      • Wildlife (5)
      • Landscape/scenery (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (7), Casual photographer (4), Photo enthusiast (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (7)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great Price, Great Tool

      Really 4.5 stars. Very handy for traveling and working in crowded situations, like festivals, etc. Light weight, small, but sturdy.

      Love the quick release camera platform and the...Read complete review

      Really 4.5 stars. Very handy for traveling and working in crowded situations, like festivals, etc. Light weight, small, but sturdy.

      Love the quick release camera platform and the head does it all, swivel, tilt and pan.

      The only draw back is I wish it had quick release levers instead of twist grips for the extention leg.

      I would highly recomend this item.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Average Monopod! but does the job.

      I use this mainly to hold my long zoom Pentax FA* 80-200mm/2.8 when I want to move fast without setting up a tripod.

      Actually I got this one free...Read complete review

      I use this mainly to hold my long zoom Pentax FA* 80-200mm/2.8 when I want to move fast without setting up a tripod.

      Actually I got this one free as part of combo deal when I purchased Giottos MT-9360 tripod from B&H. Very good deal!

      The funny thing is even though B&H advertised it as Giottos. The box is clearly labeled Tamron. When I opened it up, there is big Tamron logo printed on the leg while Giottos name is printed only on the head. So I don't know who actually made this.

      The monopod is very lightweight and adjust pretty high.
      It's a 4 section monopod with panning head and QR plate.
      The bottom end includes a plastic (rubber like) shoe that can be adjusted to use the metal spike for better grip.
      I has the foam cover on the grip and hand strap which make it comfortable to carry around with one hand.

      It comes with a nice carrying bag but no shoulder strap at all. I wish they include this one.

      The thing I don't like is the quick release head.
      It's plastic and doesn't look like will last long but we'll see since I only own it for less than 2 weeks.

      The screw for the QR plate doesn't hold on to camera/lens so well. If I twist the camera body/lens around, it gets loose easily. I have to detach the plate and tighten it from time to time. Not so convenient in this part.

      Another thing is on the QR plate there is this small pin that suppose to hold a video cam from turning by itself. But it's too short for my 80-200 tripod collar's hole. So it's just pressing it on the tripod collar's bottom with no grip. I couldn't remove this so I put a tape under the lens tripod collar to avoid scratches.

      Overall it's a good product for it's price. As long as we know the limitation.

      Reviewed by 22 customers

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      3.0

      Plastic quick realese

      By Fénix

      from San jose

      Comments about Giottos MV-8250 3-Section Monopod with Pan-Tilt Head:

      Pan-tilt head is a little flimsy (plastic)

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      5.0

      Canon 7D

      By JoshuaCV

      from Charleston, SC

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Lightweight
      • Opens Quickly

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Travel
        • Video

        Comments about Giottos MV-8250 3-Section Monopod with Pan-Tilt Head:

        Works great and supports a 7D with a Tamron 18-270. Head is decently built and is great to get smooth shots on the go.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Love it

        By Kelly

        from Maryland

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Lightweight
        • Opens Quickly
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Night Shots
          • Sports/Action

          Comments about Giottos MV-8250 3-Section Monopod with Pan-Tilt Head:

          I use this with my nikon 70-200 mm mainly when photographing sporting events. I love how compact and lightweight it is.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Works great but for how long?

          By Critical Thinker

          from Southington, CT

          About Me Casual Photographer

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Lightweight
          • Opens Quickly
          • Strong Construction
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Permanent Head

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Travel
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Giottos MV-8250 3-Section Monopod with Pan-Tilt Head:

          This is an excellent purchase for any photographer, especially a beginner like me, who loves taking nature photos and using a tripod isn't always practical.

          Giotto's quality is evident as the head tilts and pans for a variety of angles and is relatively simple to adjust. Its big soft foam handle is comfortable and oversized for a solid grip and the three-section leg is smoothly deployed and folds up easily.

          Don't let its aluminum construction turn you off as it's very strong, stable and doesn't bend or bow easily. The rubber "Foot" at the end unscrews to reveal a terrain spike, which could be a bit longer.

          The built in wrist strap is a convenient safety net which is comfortable and long enough to shoot and make adjustments while wearing it. The collar is loose enough to rotate without flapping around or making noise.

          Unfortunately the head is the weak link as it's permanently attached and can't be swapped out for an upgrade. The tilt handle, adjustment knobs and quick release plate locking lever all feel cheaply made and may give you the idea it wouldn't take much to damage it.

          If you don't loosen the pan knobs completely they click at different positions. One more twist will loosen it enough to set the angle to your preference, which by chance or design, is rather a useless attribute.

          Since I use a Cannon T4i, weight wasn't a problem. However, larger cameras may not work as well because of the low-level head.

          If you have some extra money to spend, go with a better brand with a removable head. Otherwise this is a great "First" monopod and gets the job done nicely. It supports the camera and it's pan/tilt head will help you get the angles you need. It's worth the price tag but later you may wonder if you could have bought something better.

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          5.0

          Works well

          By Wit Brother

          from Southington, CT

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Doesn't fit in my bag

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Giottos MV-8250 3-Section Monopod with Pan-Tilt Head:

          I use this with a 200-500mm Zoom telephoto lens. I read other reviews that criticized the Pan-Tilt Head, but I have found it to be solid when properly used.

          For the price, you couldn't expect more! Excellent value.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Nice Piece

          By budhead

          from Cincy

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Lightweight
          • Opens Quickly

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about Giottos MV-8250 3-Section Monopod with Pan-Tilt Head:

            I'm relatively new to the photo world but this piece seems to be just the ticket for wrestling matches where space is at a premium.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Perfect for my needs

            By CineGraphic

            from Frederick, MD

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Opens Quickly
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Video

              Comments about Giottos MV-8250 3-Section Monopod with Pan-Tilt Head:

              I used this to shoot some footage while marching in the Occupy Park Ave Parade. Easy to set-up/use.

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              4.0

              Good value of monopod with head

              By kailiu

              from New York

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Giottos MV-8250 3-Section Monopod with Pan-Tilt Head:

                    For [$] I think this is a good monopod.I use this with DSLR. I bought this mainly for it has the head and the price.However the head is soso. panning not that smooth, but it has no problem for photo, actually I find use this head is very handy for take different angle of shot without moving body.but for video if u want your footage has 100% smooth panning, you should stay away from this one. but a nice video head alone cost 100+...so again can not complain..I hope the head can be removed.. but I know for this price, company would not do that...

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    excellent mono pod

                    By just me

                    from diamond Springs California

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Lightweight
                    • Opens Quickly
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Video
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Giottos MV-8250 3-Section Monopod with Pan-Tilt Head:

                      this mono pod is light weight and easy to carry around easy to put on the camera what can I say it's just far out wild and crazy I love this mono pod so I think you audit just go to B&H and ordered this right now it's too cool

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      I would buy this product again and again

                      By Daniel Le

                      from Houston,Texas

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Lightweight
                      • Opens Quickly
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Travel
                        • Video

                        Comments about Giottos MV-8250 3-Section Monopod with Pan-Tilt Head:

                        Good item with little cost

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                        4.0

                        Just what I wanted!

                        By mselroy

                        from Lake Placid, NY

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Opens Quickly
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Sports/Action
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about Giottos MV-8250 3-Section Monopod with Pan-Tilt Head:

                          I use this monopod when I am using the telephoto lens at sports events - it saves my back from the weight of the lens, and since I don't have an image stabilizer on my lens, my camera is much more stable. It is an extra piece of equipment to carry around and it doesn't fit in a camera bag.

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Great Price, Great Tool

                          By Kimo

                          from Manassas, Va

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Lightweight
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • Twist release

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Shots
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about Giottos MV-8250 3-Section Monopod with Pan-Tilt Head:

                          Really 4.5 stars. Very handy for traveling and working in crowded situations, like festivals, etc. Light weight, small, but sturdy.

                          Love the quick release camera platform and the head does it all, swivel, tilt and pan.

                          The only draw back is I wish it had quick release levers instead of twist grips for the extention leg.

                          I would highly recomend this item.

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                          5.0

                          Great buy!

                          By Obove the game

                          from Des Moines, IA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Lightweight
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Reducing Noise (ISO Reduction)
                            • Sport Photography
                            • Stabilization

                            Comments about Giottos MV-8250 3-Section Monopod with Pan-Tilt Head:

                            I am a serious hunter and have found the monopod great for its ease of mobility while video taping in the tree stand. It allows me to get the angles i couldn't get before as well as a much steadier view. What a great product!

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                            3.0

                            Sturdy Monopod

                            By KirkD

                            from Roach, MO

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Lightweight
                            • Opens Quickly
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Stabilization

                              Comments about Giottos MV-8250 3-Section Monopod with Pan-Tilt Head:

                              I use this with my long lens 80-200 and some time with a 1.4 multiplier. I found that the fixed head is a bit weak and I just do not like a pan head on a monopod. I do find the monopod to be sturdy enough to use for a walking stick. I personaly would not have bought it but it came free with a tripod purchase.

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                              3.0

                              Giottos MV-825 3-Section Monopod

                              By MichavdB

                              from Worcester, MA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Stabilization

                                Comments about Giottos MV-8250 3-Section Monopod with Pan-Tilt Head:

                                A little on the light side for the longer lenses. Built of the pan-tilt head is a little flimsy as well. It is very convenient and light however for the unexpected opportunities or on long hikes.

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                                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                1.0

                                Dont Buy

                                By eko_photo

                                from Nashville,TN

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • NONE

                                Cons

                                • Unstable
                                • Unstable Joints

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Giottos MV-8250 3-Section Monopod with Pan-Tilt Head:

                                  This is a very feeble monopod with a very unstable base. I got thiss free from purchasing some other gear. I see why. Do not bother buying this.. even though it was free it does not provide much use as the 3-way head is not suitable for a monopod. Especially with the way the head is designed- very unstable.

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                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  3.0

                                  Average Monopod! but does the job.

                                  By Herman Lee

                                  from Los Angeles, CA

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Comes w carrying bag
                                  • Comes w QR plate
                                  • Easy to Hold
                                  • Very lightweight
                                  • Very quick setup

                                  Cons

                                  • no shoulder strap
                                  • Not so good QR design
                                  • The head feels cheap

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Holding big lens
                                  • Sport photography

                                  Comments about Giottos MV-8250 3-Section Monopod with Pan-Tilt Head:

                                  I use this mainly to hold my long zoom Pentax FA* 80-200mm/2.8 when I want to move fast without setting up a tripod.

                                  Actually I got this one free as part of combo deal when I purchased Giottos MT-9360 tripod from B&H. Very good deal!

                                  The funny thing is even though B&H advertised it as Giottos. The box is clearly labeled Tamron. When I opened it up, there is big Tamron logo printed on the leg while Giottos name is printed only on the head. So I don't know who actually made this.

                                  The monopod is very lightweight and adjust pretty high.
                                  It's a 4 section monopod with panning head and QR plate.
                                  The bottom end includes a plastic (rubber like) shoe that can be adjusted to use the metal spike for better grip.
                                  I has the foam cover on the grip and hand strap which make it comfortable to carry around with one hand.

                                  It comes with a nice carrying bag but no shoulder strap at all. I wish they include this one.

                                  The thing I don't like is the quick release head.
                                  It's plastic and doesn't look like will last long but we'll see since I only own it for less than 2 weeks.

                                  The screw for the QR plate doesn't hold on to camera/lens so well. If I twist the camera body/lens around, it gets loose easily. I have to detach the plate and tighten it from time to time. Not so convenient in this part.

                                  Another thing is on the QR plate there is this small pin that suppose to hold a video cam from turning by itself. But it's too short for my 80-200 tripod collar's hole. So it's just pressing it on the tripod collar's bottom with no grip. I couldn't remove this so I put a tape under the lens tripod collar to avoid scratches.

                                  Overall it's a good product for it's price. As long as we know the limitation.

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                                  4.0

                                  Must have item

                                  By Low B

                                  from Bethlehem, Pa.

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Good Value

                                  Cons

                                  • None I can find

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Out on the trail

                                  Comments about Giottos MV-8250 3-Section Monopod with Pan-Tilt Head:

                                  I am a pro photographer and use this monopod regularly. Great for hiking, when carrying a heavy three leg tripod is to much. I keep this one in my truck for emergency shots that come up while out and about. Leg locks work easily for that quick unexpected shot.

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                                  3.0

                                  Not Bad For The Price

                                  By Silverprint

                                  from Staten Island NY

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Good Value

                                  Cons

                                  • Fixed Head

                                  Best Uses

                                  • It's a Monopod

                                  Comments about Giottos MV-8250 3-Section Monopod with Pan-Tilt Head:

                                  Freebee when I purchased a Giottos tripod. Nice, compact...just leave it in the car for when you need it. Would be great if the head was removable.

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                                  4.0

                                  A nice stability/weight solution

                                  By yongur

                                  from Paris, France

                                  About Me Semi-Professional

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easily Adjusted
                                  • Good Footing
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Locks In Tight
                                  • Smooth Movement

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Sports
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Giottos MV-8250 3-Section Monopod with Pan-Tilt Head:

                                    Nice compromise for travelling: light weight and just enough stability for a 200-300mm telophoto lens.

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