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Giottos MML 3290B 5-Section Aluminum Monopod - Supports 33 lbs (15kg)

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The Giottos MML 3290B Monopod is a 5-section professional class model made from aluminum, with 31/28/25/22/19mm diameter segments that makes it appropriate for use with large SLR telephoto lenses such as 170-500mm professional zoom models, a 300mm f/2.8, etc.

The MML 3290B's maximum height towers to 6'2", meaning that when the camera is attached it will reach the comfortable eye level of a person as tall as ~6'8" and can be used by anyone for shots that can get above the average visual obstruction of a crowd.

The MML 3290B has flip style lever locks, which could even be disassembled and cleaned in the field in an emergency situation.  The top platform has a spring-loaded and reversible 3/8"-16 or 1/4"-20 threaded camera screw.

Maximum upper leg segment diameter of 31mm, with a 19mm smallest segment
Very high 74" (188cm) maximum height, yet collapses to just over 20"
Appropriate for extremely large telephoto lenses
Giottos' patented "Qel" flip-lock levers
Foam padding for upper grip
Integrated wrist strap
Fixed mounting platform with reversible 3/8"-16 or 1/4"-20 threaded screw
3 Anti-twist screws surround camera screw, to securely attach tripod collars, tripod heads, etc.
Maximum Height 74.0" (188.0cm)
Folded Length 20.1" (51.0cm)
Load Capacity 33 lbs (15kg)
Leg Sections 5
Leg Lock Type Flip lock
Head Mount Thread Size 1/4-20" & 3/8"-16 (reversible)
Weight 1.45 lbs (660g)
Giottos MML 3290B 5-Section Aluminum Monopod - Supports 33 lbs (15kg)
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    GiottosMML 3290B 5-Section Aluminum Monopod - Supports 33 lbs (15kg)
     
    4.7

    (based on 62 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (45)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (55)
    • Opens quickly (48)
    • Compact (44)
    • Lightweight (34)
    • Durable (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/action (46)
      • Wildlife (34)
      • Travel (27)
      • Landscape/scenery (25)
      • Portraits (15)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (28), Semi-pro photographer (21), Pro photographer (7), Casual photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (51), Yes (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Well built, instructions lacking

      The unit is well built and the height adjustment is easy to use and the adjustments are secure. My only complaint is that there is no discussion on how to switch the attachment bolt...Read complete review

      The unit is well built and the height adjustment is easy to use and the adjustments are secure. My only complaint is that there is no discussion on how to switch the attachment bolt to the 1/4" variety. The round disk is a hex wrench as well as the mounting plate for the camera, or lens. When you turn the round disk counter clockwise it takes out the mounting bolt which is then flipped over to use the 1/4" threaded bolt. It is a pretty neat setup but it would be nice for the instructions to show this. The allen wrench has nothing to do with making this change.

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      Got what I paid for

      This product doesn't support a 400mm 2.8 without sagging occasionally. Most of the time it does just fine, but not 100%. After four assignments in the past week, I can deal with it...Read complete review

      This product doesn't support a 400mm 2.8 without sagging occasionally. Most of the time it does just fine, but not 100%. After four assignments in the past week, I can deal with it for the price difference over the Gitzo. We'll see how long it lasts. I would expect it would perform better for a 300 2.8 or smaller lens.

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      4.0

      Works like a charm!

      By MakeArtPictures

      from Bronx, NY

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Lightweight
      • Opens Quickly
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Night Shots
        • Portraits
        • Sports/Action
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Giottos MML 3290B 5-Section Aluminum Monopod - Supports 33 lbs (15kg):

        Collapses small enough to fit in my travel bag. Extends out to about 6'8", crazy high. Light and fast adjusting with the clamp locks. I love this thing! Highly recommended!

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        5.0

        Great addition to my kit bag!

        By imnotroger

        from New York, NY

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Opens Quickly
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Video

          Comments about Giottos MML 3290B 5-Section Aluminum Monopod - Supports 33 lbs (15kg):

          I needed a monopod for shooting concert videos in crowded clubs, where a tripod would be a tripping hazard.

          This monopod is sturdy, with quick release latches that are rock solid, making worry-free video shoots.

          Highly recommended!

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          5.0

          Handy Tool for any Photographer

          By Mr. B

          from Hudson Valley N.Y.

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Lightweight
          • Opens Quickly
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Giottos MML 3290B 5-Section Aluminum Monopod - Supports 33 lbs (15kg):

            Easy to use, What I really like is:that it can handle the heavier equipment with ease.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great for tall people

            By happyone

            from st. charles, il

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Opens Quickly
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Giottos MML 3290B 5-Section Aluminum Monopod - Supports 33 lbs (15kg):

              feels solid, clamps are smooth, 100-400 lens + camera are solid & secure.

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              4.0

              Just as expected.

              By largemouth

              from Russellville, AR

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Flip Locks
              • Lightweight
              • Opens Quickly
              • Price
              • Strong Construction
              • TALL

              Cons

              • No Retractable Spike

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Giottos MML 3290B 5-Section Aluminum Monopod - Supports 33 lbs (15kg):

              This monopod fits the specs of what all monopods should be. 4 Stars because of one negative listed below.Tall-74" Why do you need a 74" monopod? why not? I don't have to pull out the bottom section leg, but I have the option if need be. If I am at a steep angle, need to stand on a chair or table to get a downward shot on something. Etc. Why cut yourself short when you don't have too. If you don't think you need, then don't use, but you have it available if things change.Strong-33lbs, this thing is built strong, the base is strong, the legs are thick and heavy duty, and even the flip locks are good plastic that dont seem to break.Base-large base for small or big camera bodies with a reversible thread screw for 3/8" or 1/4-20". Also has three built in screws that can be used with an allen wrench to secure a camera body from twisting off the base.Light weight, small profile, this thing fits easy on a pack or in a backpack. Only weighs 1.45lbs and collapes to 20"I prefer the flip locks over twist just as personal preference. I don't think one is better than another, just feel that I am faster setting up and tearing down with flips.The foam padded handle feels great, however nothing fancy here, just foam padding. Nice wrist strap though that is easily adjustable.Price: I paid $[$] for it and this seemed reasonable to low compared to others with the features and weight class of this one, So I feel its a good deal.Now for negatives: It doesnt have a retractable spike foot. I really wanted one but not only does it not have one, they dont make one to fit this model. I knew that before I bought it but still dont like the fact you cant buy one for it.It also doesnt include a carrying case, again not that I need one just thought they might throw it in. Maybe it keeps cost down.Overall, I highly recommend for the beginner, amature, and pro alike. This will get the job done, be more than you need, and last as long as you need it to. If nothing else, makes for a good hiking stick!

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              4.0

              Great Monopod with Spotting scope binos

              By Hunter

              from Stow, OH

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Giottos MML 3290B 5-Section Aluminum Monopod - Supports 33 lbs (15kg):

                I use it with my spotting scope & binos alongside my PhoneSkope using my iPhone for video and still shots at long distances.

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                4.0

                Couldn't be happier

                By Jon P.

                from Wisconsin

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Lightweight
                • Opens Quickly
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Giottos MML 3290B 5-Section Aluminum Monopod - Supports 33 lbs (15kg):

                  I bought this monopod because of it's height and couldn't be happier. It is just what I needed and enjoy using it. This was my first monopod and can't see any reason why I would have to upgrade anytime soon.

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                  5.0

                  Good Quality works well

                  By Ted

                  from Edmonton Alberta

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

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                    Cons

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                        Comments about Giottos MML 3290B 5-Section Aluminum Monopod - Supports 33 lbs (15kg):

                        This product works well as I am tall. Had no problem holding up my OM-5 and 75-300mm lens attached.

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                        5.0

                        Very Pleased

                        By Vivid Lizard

                        from Los Angeles Area

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Opens Quickly
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • A bit heavy

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Giottos MML 3290B 5-Section Aluminum Monopod - Supports 33 lbs (15kg):

                          I bought this for a kind of unusual task... for audio. I use it with a double roller ball at the top to help support my boom pole on long takes. that said, I find this piece of equipment very well built, sturdy, and professional. For the price, it's a steal.

                          The locking mechanisms seem very secure, which is a major concern for me (I can just imagine my boom mic crashing down onto some A-list talent - not good!). And it can be extended well above 6 feet.

                          If I were to ding it at all, I would say that it is a bit heavy compared to other monopods, and the way one switches between the 3/8"-1/4" connector could have been made simpler. But for my needs, it is just fine.

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                          3.0

                          Got what I paid for

                          By Jay

                          from Seattle, WA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Lightweight
                          • Opens Quickly

                          Cons

                          • Unstable
                          • Weak Clamps

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Giottos MML 3290B 5-Section Aluminum Monopod - Supports 33 lbs (15kg):

                            This product doesn't support a 400mm 2.8 without sagging occasionally. Most of the time it does just fine, but not 100%. After four assignments in the past week, I can deal with it for the price difference over the Gitzo. We'll see how long it lasts. I would expect it would perform better for a 300 2.8 or smaller lens.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Almost great

                            By Felixleo

                            from NYC

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Opens Quickly
                            • Very Tall

                            Cons

                            • Clamps Need Adjusting
                            • No Allen Key Holder
                            • No Bag

                            Best Uses

                            • Travel
                            • Video

                            Comments about Giottos MML 3290B 5-Section Aluminum Monopod - Supports 33 lbs (15kg):

                            I use it with a bulky and relatively heavy camcorder (AG-HMC80, 10LBS). The monopod wasn't ready out of the box: I had to tight the screws (with the included allen key) before using it and again after a couple of shoots. There is no allen key holder and I can already imagine the day I'll go crazy looking for it while on a shoot. On the positive side, considering its amazing lenght, the MML 3290B is pretty compact and light. Not comparable with carbon monopods, of course.

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                            5.0

                            excellent monopod.

                            By Rusty cactus

                            from Arizona

                            About Me Photography Student

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Opens Quickly
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Portraits
                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Giottos MML 3290B 5-Section Aluminum Monopod - Supports 33 lbs (15kg):

                              Great quality and value. I use it on hikes and walks. Could not be more impressed or pleased.

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                              5.0

                              Very strong and compact.

                              By Lester

                              from Port Lincoln, South Australia

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Lightweight
                              • Opens Quickly
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Sports/Action
                                • Wildlife

                                Comments about Giottos MML 3290B 5-Section Aluminum Monopod - Supports 33 lbs (15kg):

                                I use this monopod to hold a 530mm fl telescope that I have for photographing long distant objects. My set-up weighs 7kgs and this monopod holds it well. I cannot fault this monopod.

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                                5.0

                                Great buy at a great price!

                                By Jr

                                from Florida

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Great For Taller People
                                • Lightweight
                                • Opens Quickly
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Sports/Action

                                  Comments about Giottos MML 3290B 5-Section Aluminum Monopod - Supports 33 lbs (15kg):

                                  I was looking for a monopod and came across the Giottos website while doing a web search. I am glad I went to their webpage and looked at their products! After looking at reviews of this particular monopod, I was sold on it. My first experience with the monopod was at a horse competition in Florida and took 1580 pictures!(no joke) This buy was the best investment for my camera by far. Light and compact for it's total length, I am a tall person and it worked well! Highly recommended!

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                                  4.0

                                  It's the go to Monopod

                                  By Ghall

                                  from Tennessee

                                  About Me Photography Student

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home
                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Night Shots
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Weddings/Events
                                    • Wildlife

                                    Comments about Giottos MML 3290B 5-Section Aluminum Monopod - Supports 33 lbs (15kg):

                                    I have tried this monopod on several occasions and I am getting ready to use it in my first wedding.
                                    I am very excited to see how it performs!
                                    I would recommend this product!

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                                    5.0

                                    Great for those of us who are tall!

                                    By AzDew

                                    from Gilbert, AZ

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Opens Quickly
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Sports/Action
                                      • Wildlife

                                      Comments about Giottos MML 3290B 5-Section Aluminum Monopod - Supports 33 lbs (15kg):

                                      I am 4' 30" tall (6'6") and I have been using an older shorter monopod for years. It was one of the tallest offered at the time but has always been about 2" short. Now I have more reach than I need. It's nice to be able to stand tall and use it comfortably. I should have purchased this a long time ago. It's sturdy and supports big lenses with no problem.

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                                      5.0

                                      what a difference!

                                      By mallen

                                      from Chicago IL

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Pros

                                      • Opens Quickly
                                      • Strong Construction

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

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

                                        Comments about Giottos MML 3290B 5-Section Aluminum Monopod - Supports 33 lbs (15kg):

                                        I wasted my money on 2 other monopods equaling almost twice the price of this one, and almost stripping the thread on my tripod collar with my previous one (won't mention any names), I combined this monopod with the Sirui L-10 Monopod Tilt Head the difference is astonishing A - stonishing

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                                        5.0

                                        I would buy this again and again

                                        By makgorman

                                        from Acworth Ga

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Compact
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Opens Quickly
                                        • Strong Construction

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Sports/Action
                                          • Wildlife

                                          Comments about Giottos MML 3290B 5-Section Aluminum Monopod - Supports 33 lbs (15kg):

                                          I love it! I mostly use for sport photography.

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                                          5.0

                                          very useful

                                          By rokut

                                          from san jose, ça

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Compact
                                          • Opens Quickly
                                          • Strong Construction

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

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

                                            Comments about Giottos MML 3290B 5-Section Aluminum Monopod - Supports 33 lbs (15kg):

                                            I back pack and every piece of gear HAS to do double duty. This mono-pod is great. Compact, relatively light weight and STRONG. Works as a walking staff, tarp tent pole, bear bag retriever, and a camera support.

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                                            4.0

                                            Just Received This Item

                                            By TheColoradoImage

                                            from West slope of Colorado

                                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Compact
                                            • Strong Construction

                                            Cons

                                            • None so far

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Giottos MML 3290B 5-Section Aluminum Monopod - Supports 33 lbs (15kg):

                                              Just received this monopod and have only had it out shooting once. So far I really like it. It looks and feels solid. I like the non rotating leg segments. It keeps the locks in the same general area and makes it easy to manipulate. I also like the padded/insulated upper leg section. This weekend the temps during my shoot ranged from 5 to 12 degrees. The padded upper section of the monopod made it much easier to handle without adding to the difficulties of shooting in these temps. I also like the extension height of 6+ feet. It doesn't add any noticeable bulk and depending on what your surrounding terrain is, it has already made a difference.

                                              I am going from a 12 pound Gitzo to this 1 1/2 pound monopod and since this is my first monopod, getting used to it might take a few shoots but so far I so good.

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