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Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod

B&H # MA694CX Mfr # 694CX
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Product Highlights
  • 4 Sections
  • Optional Ball/Pan/Fluid Heads
  • Maximum Height: 64.96"
  • Folded Length: 21.26
  • Supports 11 lb
  • Weighs 1.3 lb
  • Soft Grip and Angled Wrist Strap

The Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod is a compact and lightweight 4 leg section monopod that combines the strength of magnesium and carbon fiber. The monopod is crafted from carbon fiber using an exclusive, patented process. Under intense pressure, extra long carbon fibers are combined with resin to produce a stronger tube that absorbs more vibration using a wall thickness of only 1.2 mm.

Manfrotto engineers have also replaced all aluminum components with magnesium. The switch represents a lateral move in sturdiness, yet a substantial gain in strength and overall reduction of weight. The average weight reduction of magnesium compared to aluminum is about 35%.

Material of Construction Carbon fiber tubing and magnesium castings
Maximum Height 64.96" (165 cm)
Folded Length 21.26" (54 cm)
Load Capacity 11 lb (5.0 kg)
Leg Sections 4
Leg Lock Type Flip-lock
Leg Tube Diameters 29.2, 24.8, 20.4, 16 mm
Leg Cross Section Round
Male Thread Size Dual 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16
Weight 1.3 lb (0.59 kg)
Head Optional
Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod
  • Wrist Strap
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Limited 8-Year Warranty Extension after Registering Online
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    Manfrotto694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod
     
    4.7

    (based on 30 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (25)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (28)
    • Compact (26)
    • Strong construction (26)
    • Opens quickly (24)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Wildlife (20)
      • Sports/action (19)
      • Landscape/scenery (17)
      • Travel (17)
      • Night shots (9)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (14), Semi-pro photographer (5), Pro photographer (4), Casual photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (24)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Love this monopod

      Use with 300mm and 200mm lens. My only complaint - after one week, 2 of the 3 rubber pieces on the top have come off as well as 1 of 3 rubber caps covering...Read complete review

      Use with 300mm and 200mm lens. My only complaint - after one week, 2 of the 3 rubber pieces on the top have come off as well as 1 of 3 rubber caps covering the screws that tighten the monopod.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      flip locks kill this monopod

      I used this monopod for about 4 years. Weight, size, speed of set up were fine. I always preferred flip locks for the legs vs twist locks. However, the flip locks on...Read complete review

      I used this monopod for about 4 years. Weight, size, speed of set up were fine. I always preferred flip locks for the legs vs twist locks. However, the flip locks on this monopod were very hard to maintain due to dirt that got into mechanism. Cleaning very hard, need hex wrenches. As time went on, the flip locks became more difficult to flip open or closed, requiring adjustmentsI recently purchased a Gitzo for about $ on sale which uses twist locks. the new twist locks only take a short turn to lock unlock. Only time will tell if this holds up better than the Manfrotto which I have now "retired"

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      5.0

      Works great

      By Phottoguy

      from New Hampshire

      Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

      This was an additional purchase to supplement an older Manfrotto monopod which I still use. I wanted it for hiking and situations where weight is a factor I purchased a light weight head and everything works well.

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      1.0

      flip locks kill this monopod

      By uncle T

      from Portland, Maine

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Weak Clamps

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

      I used this monopod for about 4 years. Weight, size, speed of set up were fine. I always preferred flip locks for the legs vs twist locks. However, the flip locks on this monopod were very hard to maintain due to dirt that got into mechanism. Cleaning very hard, need hex wrenches. As time went on, the flip locks became more difficult to flip open or closed, requiring adjustmentsI recently purchased a Gitzo for about $ on sale which uses twist locks. the new twist locks only take a short turn to lock unlock. Only time will tell if this holds up better than the Manfrotto which I have now "retired"

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      • No

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      3.0

      Solid Monopod

      By stevespassion

      from Eastern PA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Lightweight
      • Opens Quickly
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Tricky Screw Mount
      • Very Large Head Mounting

      Best Uses

        Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

        It's often hard to travel with a tripod since many public places will not let you use one...hence the opportunity for a monopod. Just like everything else that Manfrotto makes (I own two Manfrotto Tripods) this is well built. I love the carbon fiber for light weight (one of my tripods is carbon fiber and I love it). What I don't like about this monopod is the two-way screw mount for ¼' and ⅜" mounts and the very large size of the head plate mount to accommodate large heavy tripod heads. I would give this a 5-star rating for the build quality, not the overall usefulness.

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        5.0

        Excellent Monopod

        By timazar

        from South Florida

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Lightweight
        • Opens Quickly
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

          The 694CX is the perfect monopod for taller people (i'm 6'1"). Sturdy, light, and quickly collapses to a compact size for carrying.

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          5.0

          Robust, yet light

          By Photo Show Ho

          from Setauket, NY

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Lightweight
          • Opens Quickly
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

            Great for sports events and a good alternative to a tripod when it's not feasible to use one.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Everything you would want in a Monopod!

            By Shooter's Advocate

            from Conway, SC

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Lightweight
            • Opens Quickly
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

              Everything about this is a plus! I love this monopod & you will too when you get one!Works like a champ & I added the spike foot assembly that makes it flawless! The rubber/spike foot makes using this monopod in every condition an ease!The locks that extend the pod work great!The adjustable strap helps you retain your grasp when holding!

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              • Yes

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              4.0

              Lightweight

              By K

              from San Francisco, CA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Travel

                Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                Super lightweight, nothing to hate about this. It doesn't open as quickly as Neotec line, but far more durable.

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                • No

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                5.0

                excellent product. highly recommendable

                By saggio

                from potomac MD

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Lightweight
                • Opens Quickly
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                  very good quality, nice and cheap.

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                  5.0

                  Super light and amazingly rigid.

                  By Bull

                  from South Dakota

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Lightweight
                  • Long Enough For Tall Guys
                  • Opens Quickly
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Portraits
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                    The first thing I noticed when I received this monopod is how amazingly light and rigid it is. I have had several monopods in the past and they all had short comings. This is my first carbon fiber monopod and I wish I had purchased it sooner. This monopod also extends long enough for us tall guys to use. The only thing I would change would be to maybe put on a larger diameter foot. You can do this easily yourself as most hardware stores carry rubber feet for crutches and other items. If you are looking for a quality sturdy lightweight compact monopod with length for tall guys, this is the one. You will be very happy.

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                    5.0

                    Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod

                    By Old Goat

                    from Boulder, CO

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Lightweight
                    • Opens Quickly
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                      The monopod will be used to stabilize a 70-200mm lens coupled with a 1.4TC. This combination can be handheld, but the monopod definitely provides a sharper image. If you want to do bracketed exposures, for HDR for example, this monopod allowed me to make images that can be aligned. By contrast, some handheld bracketed images could not be aligned as the framing was too different. An HDR shot of the moon came out very sharp and actually slightly better than an image taken using a tripod (VR not used with tripod.) It can also be used as a support for panormas, again with very acceptable results. There is really no down side to this monopod. Good combination of light weight and stable support and typical excellent Manfrotto construction. I find their quick release leg extension quicker and easier to use than the twist type locks.

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                      5.0

                      Great product for a really great price !

                      By Birdbrain

                      from Tucson,Arizona.

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Manuever
                      • Lightweight
                      • Opens Quickly

                      Cons

                      • None yet

                      Best Uses

                      • Sports/Action
                      • Wildlife
                      • Works Well Around Cactus

                      Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                      I have not had much chance to use this product yet but the first thing that really stood out when I took the monopod out of the box was the weight , It felt solid but so light !
                      The ease of movement when adjusting the leg sections was very smooth ,I have purchased other Manfrotto products in the past and I have been very satisfied and I hope that with the wear and tear I will put this monopod through while photographing in the Sonoran Desert where I live it will also stand the test of time. Using a tripod in the desert amongst the cactus is a real PAIN in more ways than one ,a monopod is much easier to set up and move around with while tracking wildlife.

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                      5.0

                      Performs as expected

                      By Backroads

                      from Nevada

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Lightweight
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                        Lightweight and strong enough to support DSLR with 500mm lens and still allow me to lean on it for stability. Compact enough for travel.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Great Monopod

                        By Big-O

                        from Lockport, IL

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Lightweight
                        • Opens Quickly
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                          When a tripod won't do, this it the next best thing.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Nice & light is right!!

                          By Shellyva

                          from VA Beach, VA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Lightweight
                          • Opens Quickly
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                            Finally after all these years I got a monopod that I hope to start using! Has great height, too and naturally like the latch on legs.

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                            5.0

                            Sturdy and strong

                            By Benny

                            from Houston tx

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Lightweight
                            • Opens Quickly
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                              Excellent choice for canon 60d.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Seems to be what I was looking for.

                              By Fotoking.

                              from Ventura, CA.

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Lightweight
                              • Opens Quickly
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Sports/Action
                                • Travel
                                • Wildlife

                                Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                                Although I have not used it much so far (have not had it long), it is robust & lightweight & the lock clamps are great when one has Arthritis in the thumbs.

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                                5.0

                                Fantastic, and super light

                                By Brian

                                from Canada

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Lightweight
                                • Opens Quickly
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                                    This is a super stable well built monopod. Solid engineering, clean machined edges, and super light.
                                    Excellent height range for sitting, kneeling, or standing and shooting.

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                                    4.0

                                    Light-Easy to deploy-Better foot needed

                                    By GraphitePaddle

                                    from Mercer Cnty, NJ

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Accept 2 thread sizes
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Opens Quickly
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                    • Needs a better foot
                                    • Too long for a daypack

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Botanical Gardens
                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Wildlife

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                                    One of the lighter monopods on the market & very stiff. MUCH faster to deploy than a tripod. And combined with with a good optical image stabilizer & self timer, has allowed shutter times as long as a quarter of a sec. (Might be able to go for longer times.)

                                    The rubber foot is a blunt tip, covered in rubber. Not flat enough to place on a floor & not pointy enough to dig into soil, or even be used as a walking stick. An interchangeable foot would have been a much better idea.

                                    When completely compacted, too long for my daypack, and the mentioned tripod case is overkill.

                                    Use for bracketted exposures is suspect. Minimal success, but suspect my ignorance of Photomatix is the problem, not the use of the monopod.

                                    Bottom Line: If I'm walking anywhere, and not doing night or scene mode HDR, this is a mandatory accessory.

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                                    5.0

                                    Great Monopod

                                    By Snoop

                                    from Ohio

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Opens Quickly
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Night Shots
                                      • Travel
                                      • Wildlife

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                                      I use this product at least once per week and love it. Its light and the carbon fiber is very strong.

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                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      Great upgrade over Aluminum , I love it

                                      By Rick

                                      from Chugiak , Alaska

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Compact
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Strong Construction

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Home
                                        • Landscape/Scenery
                                        • Sports/Action
                                        • Travel

                                        Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                                        Light weight. durable, nice non flashy or reflective black carbon fiber. able to hold more weight than i expected. I upgraded from aluminum to this monopod and it was well worth the price. Especially when backpacking or climbing

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