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Cullmann Magnesit 550 Aluminum Monopod - Supports 18.7 lbs (8.5kg)

B&H # CUM550 Mfr # CU 55500
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The Cullmann Magnesit 550 Monopod is an intelligently-designed mobile support for use with large SLR cameras and the large, bright telephoto lenses professionals often use, such as a flagship-class SLR with a 300mm f/2.8 lens.  Even when using smaller items, the large maximum tube diameter can benefit your image sharpness in tough conditions.  It extends to ~5', collapses to ~18", and has a 28mm maximum diameter upper tube.

The 550's named the 'Magnesit' because of its extensive use of magnesium in the casings and fittings.  Magnesium's a light and stable metal, helping to contribute to the quite tolerable weight of just 1.4 pounds, an excellent number for this size of aluminum-based monopod.

Magnesium and aluminum alloy combination
Foam-padded upper segment eases handling in cold and carrying upon shoulder
Broad rubber foot with swivel
Includes hand strap
Maximum upper diameter of 28mm
Maximum Height 59.8" (152.0cm)
Folded Length 18.1" (46.0cm)
Load Capacity 18.7 lbs (8.5kg)
Leg Sections 5
Leg Lock Type Flip lever
Head Mount Thread Size 1/4-20" & 3/8"-16 (reversible)
Weight 1.39 lbs (630g)
Cullmann Magnesit 550 Aluminum Monopod - Supports 18.7 lbs (8.5kg)
  • Hand Strap
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    CullmannMagnesit 550 Aluminum Monopod - Supports 18.7 lbs (8.5kg)
     
    4.9

    (based on 12 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (11)
    • Lightweight (11)
    • Opens quickly (11)
    • Strong construction (10)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/action (10)
      • Landscape/scenery (8)
      • Travel (8)
      • Wildlife (5)
      • Video (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (8)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (9)

      Reviewed by 12 customers

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      5.0

      Exactly what I was looking for!

      By Olmstead Books

      from Port Dover, ON, Canada

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Lightweight
      • Opens Quickly
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Cullmann Magnesit 550 Aluminum Monopod - Supports 18.7 lbs (8.5kg):

        Very easy to use. Leg extensions operate smoothly and the locking system is great. Great to know that it will support my 70 - 300 mm lens. We have a Cullman tripod, made in West Germany, so we were a bit surprised to read that this Cullman was made in China, but it does exceed our expectations. I raved about it so much that my wife ordered the same one (with the same head) from B & H one week later.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Cullmann Magnesit 550 Monopod

        By Les B.

        from Florida

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Lightweight
        • Opens Quickly
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel

          Comments about Cullmann Magnesit 550 Aluminum Monopod - Supports 18.7 lbs (8.5kg):

          I Give A 5 Star Because it is An Excellent Monopod
          Germany Engineering,Precision,Quality,Well Build
          Strong, Reliability,I Am Really Happy,I Love It,I Have A Manfrotto 790B Before.This One Is Outperform And Much Better,Best Monopod Ever I Had
          Well Packed Fast Shipping Thank You B&H Photo

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          5.0

          Great Monopod, especially for the money!

          By Eric from NJ

          from Bellmawr, NJ

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Lightweight
          • Opens Quickly
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Cullmann Magnesit 550 Aluminum Monopod - Supports 18.7 lbs (8.5kg):

            I bought this monopod for use on a Disney World Vacation and general use. I did not want to bring a tripod with the family and tried a monopod for the 1st time with my Canon t3i. I used it for parades, shows, and fireworks. It worked great and I was actually able to get some good usable fireworks shots at 1sec, 11/2 sec. exposures by using the monopod and pinning it between my leg and a wall. It also helped recording longer shows. It was light and fit in my backpack that I carried though the park each day with the head attached. It's got solid construction and I would recommend to others. I bought the VHR2 Monopod head and it was a great, simple set up that did exactly what I needed it to.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Works great

            By rocdoc

            from Bethesda, MD

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Lightweight
            • Opens Quickly
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Cullmann Magnesit 550 Aluminum Monopod - Supports 18.7 lbs (8.5kg):

              This does exactly what I wanted it to. The 5 star rating is reflective of that, not of an overall rating for all monopods on the market - there are certainly many out there that would be much better, I am sure
              I wanted something cheap and portable yet reasonably reliable, to have with me when I don't feel like lugging my tripod around - or, more precisely, taking the time to set it up.
              So far it served me great on a couple of photo hikes. It is solid enough that I am never worried about the camera, and it can even be used (albeit gently) as a walking stick, if you prefer to keep it extended.
              I like the grip and the quick releases. It would probably work great if you add a reasonable ball head to allow portrait orientation shots as well.

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              • No

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              5.0

              great monopod

              By tovabirke

              from atlanta, ga

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Lightweight
              • Opens Quickly
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Cullmann Magnesit 550 Aluminum Monopod - Supports 18.7 lbs (8.5kg):

                  I use this monopod w/the Oben BA-0 head.
                  the quick release leg locks are oversize and easy to use. The legs release quickly and smoothly. the rubber foot allows for pivoting with no slipping.
                  Very good value. Solid quality build.

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                  • No

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Nicely built

                  By atomoboy

                  from birmingham, al

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Lightweight
                  • Opens Quickly
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Cullmann Magnesit 550 Aluminum Monopod - Supports 18.7 lbs (8.5kg):

                    It seems well built. It looks great and works well.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    nice monopod

                    By LH

                    from Atlanta GA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Lightweight
                    • Opens Quickly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Sports/Action

                      Comments about Cullmann Magnesit 550 Aluminum Monopod - Supports 18.7 lbs (8.5kg):

                      very compact
                      great value
                      lightweight

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                      • No

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                      (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      i like to screw but not that ofeten

                      By luespa

                      from mcallen, tx

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Opens Quickly
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Cullmann Magnesit 550 Aluminum Monopod - Supports 18.7 lbs (8.5kg):

                        would love if a quick release was included

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Perfect for Travel

                        By Digital Joe

                        from Seattle, WA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Lightweight
                        • Opens Quickly
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Cullmann Magnesit 550 Aluminum Monopod - Supports 18.7 lbs (8.5kg):

                        I bought this for myself to make using my Canon EOS 7D a bit easier, and it is perfect. While it won't replace my tripod for long exposures or while my 400mm telephoto lens is attached, it is a great addition for travel purposes especially.

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                        • No

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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great Buy

                        By pacmanphoto

                        from Boca Raton, FL

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy to use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Opens Quickly
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Cullmann Magnesit 550 Aluminum Monopod - Supports 18.7 lbs (8.5kg):

                          This is a really good monopod. I have tried out many monopods that just dont make the cut. Most monopods dont tighten correctly but this one deffinately tightens enough to hold a heavy load. Be careful though, when tightening clamps for th first time, I tightened one far too tight without thinking and as a result, the clamp cracked and broke (managed to repair it). My error ofcourse. Great monopod and easy to use

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                          • No

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                          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          solid purchase

                          By Pixel Painter

                          from New York

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Lightweight
                          • Opens Quickly
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Night Shots
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel
                            • Video

                            Comments about Cullmann Magnesit 550 Aluminum Monopod - Supports 18.7 lbs (8.5kg):

                            I shoot using some heavy lenses both still and video through a Canon 5d mark 2. This monopod is sturdy and light and easy to adjust. It folds quickly and nicely for rapid movement when shooting action or having to cover distances.

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                            • No

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                            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great little pod

                            By Mark G.

                            from Arvada, CO

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Lightweight
                            • Well thought out design

                            Cons

                            • None yet

                            Best Uses

                            • sports photography

                            Comments about Cullmann Magnesit 550 Aluminum Monopod - Supports 18.7 lbs (8.5kg):

                            This monopod is a step above the rest with its 5 section design that folds into a small lightweight package for carrying, yet can handle a heavy camera.
                            The leg locks were thoughtfully designed with an adjustment tool that can tighten the locks should the legs start to slip,like on my old monopod.
                            Well thought out design.

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