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Jobu Design MCF-284 8X Carbon Fiber 4-Section Monopod

B&H # JOMCF284 Mfr # MCF-284
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Product Highlights
  • 4- Leg Sections
  • Only 15 oz
  • Works with Cameras up to 8 lb
  • Compatible with Jobu Gimbal Heads
  • Ideal for Action and Nature Photography
  • Sturdy 8X Carbon Fiber Construction

Jobu Design's MCF-284 8X Carbon Fiber 4-Section Monopod is a lightweight (15 oz) monopod constructed with 8X layer carbon fiber tubes. This monopod supports a maximum load of 8 lb and is 64.5" tall with all leg sections fully extended. The MCF-284 provides stability when shooting moving subjects such as sporting events, wildlife and other situations when you have to move around quickly to capture action.

It is fully compatible with the Jobu Jr.2, LW2, or HD2 Gimbal Head (optional) which balances your camera and lens at their natural center of gravity. Gimbal Heads allow smooth camera movement and improved stability over hand-held shots and increase the efficiency of your camera's image stabilization.

Warranty
Jobu Design offers a 1-year "No questions asked, fix-it-and-send-it-back like new" warranty. For the next 2 years, Jobu offers free repairs or only charge for minimal replacement costs for broken items, plus shipping costs.
Maximum Height 64.5" (163.5cm)
Folded Length 19.5" (50.5cm)
Load Capacity Recommended: 8 lb (5.5 kg)
Material 8X carbon fiber tubes
Main Tube Diameter 28mm
Leg Sections 4
Leg Lock Type Twist
Male Thread Size 1/4"-20, 3/8"-16
Reversible top stud
Weight 15 oz (425.24 g) (monopod only)
1.6 lb (725.74 g) (with included carrying bag)
Jobu Design MCF-284 8X Carbon Fiber 4-Section Monopod
  • Carrying Bag
  • Wrist Strap
  • Belt-Loop
  • Wrench & Allen Keys
  • 1-Year Manufacturer's Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Jobu DesignMCF-284 8X Carbon Fiber 4-Section Monopod
     
    4.8

    (based on 10 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (10)
    • Compact (9)
    • Lightweight (9)
    • Opens quickly (8)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/action (5)
      • Travel (5)
      • Wildlife (5)
      • Landscape/scenery (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (7)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (6)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Light, sturdy; use as a steadycam, too

      This monopod does what it's supposed to do and is marginally lighter than others because of the carbon fiber material. What sold me is that when shooting outdoors, your hands won't be against freezing...Read complete review

      This monopod does what it's supposed to do and is marginally lighter than others because of the carbon fiber material. What sold me is that when shooting outdoors, your hands won't be against freezing metal.

      I use this monopod to take steady video shots on the move, mostly for my orchestra's publicity, with my Panasonic TM900 HD video camera). NICE results. With all the chairs and musicians and the tight squeeze moving among them, setting up and moving around a tripod is out of the question. I also intend to use this monopod in the summer for vacation shoots; it's SO MUCH more compact (and FAR lighter) than my tripod, and it will see a lot of action with both my video and my still camera. BUY A BALL HEAD for this monopod so you can quickly go from landscape to portrait mode(I use a Manfrotto 494 RC2 with quick release, $57 at B&H).

      PROS:
      carbon fiber isn't freezing to touch
      carbon fiber doesn't propagate vibrations as readily as do stiff aluminum poles--important with video shots and shutter interaction, I've heard. But I can't imagine doing a shoot where vibrations would be a factor.
      I like the twist mechanism for extending segments (matter of preference). Mechanism clamps sturdily, releases smoothly.
      carbon fiber is somewhat lighter, but we can all lift a few more ounces. Weight was NOT the deciding factor.

      CONS:
      Comes with a bag that's NOT big enough if you put a head on the tripod! Dumb move. I bought a VidPro bag (model TC-27, $11 from Amazon) fits FINE with the head on, nicely made.
      Too expensive for what it is. I almost bought the perfectly good Manfrotto 680B for half the price, but I hate touching cold metal (makes my hands ache), and sometimes I'm outdoors taking photos. Wearing gloves makes fingers clumsy for button-pushing in the cold, so carbon is the nicer way to go.

      Shooting (esp. video) VASTLY improves when using a monopod, and you'll be much more likely to have it with you than if you relied always on a heavy tripod.
      Learn to use the monopod as an improvised steadicam (extend the leg and hold in a relaxed way from the foam grip. Doing that--and using onboard image stabilization--will give you fabulous results. Skip the nerdy steadicam apparatus.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Sturdy & Light for backpacking

      I use this monopod to give my camera a little bit more stability when I am backpacking especially when I am shooting in low light. It is sturdy, all the parts appear to work...Read complete review

      I use this monopod to give my camera a little bit more stability when I am backpacking especially when I am shooting in low light. It is sturdy, all the parts appear to work well and it fits diagonally in my carry-on luggage (without added head) and tucks into outside pocket of my backpack. I do clip the swivel handle onto a loop on my pack. It takes a few seconds to unwind all the sections but they work well. I like the way it is easy to make small adjustments in your position by leaning or pushing the single foot further back. This is not a substitute for tripod when you want super clear photos of landscapes, but sometimes I don't want the weight and it is easier to maneuver through a forest or crowd with a monopod, set up quickly and move onto the next spot. check out videos on You Tube about how to use a monopod (re using your feet as the other two feet of a 'tripod').

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      5.0

      Great Monopod

      By Rich

      from Old Forge, NY

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Lightweight
      • Opens Quickly
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Video

        Comments about Jobu Design MCF-284 8X Carbon Fiber 4-Section Monopod:

        Mostley used for shoothin video with a D7000

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Jobu Carbon Fiber Monopod

        By Ceewell

        from Everett, Wa

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Lightweight
        • Opens Quickly
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Jobu Design MCF-284 8X Carbon Fiber 4-Section Monopod:

          I use this monopod to support a D700 and 80-200 f2.8 AFS zoom and it works great for my application. The workmanship is very good and it`s a good value for the price. Great job Jobu!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Overall excellent plus attention detail

          By photoMike

          from Mill Valley

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Lightweight
          • Opens Quickly
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Travel

            Comments about Jobu Design MCF-284 8X Carbon Fiber 4-Section Monopod:

            does what it should do, packs easily, and nice bonus feature of a small belt pouch attachment which can serve as an anchor for the monopod as well as convienient for carrying.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Light, sturdy; use as a steadycam, too

            By David, SOTP videographer

            from Washington, DC

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Lightweight
            • Opens Quickly
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Jobu Design MCF-284 8X Carbon Fiber 4-Section Monopod:

              This monopod does what it's supposed to do and is marginally lighter than others because of the carbon fiber material. What sold me is that when shooting outdoors, your hands won't be against freezing metal.

              I use this monopod to take steady video shots on the move, mostly for my orchestra's publicity, with my Panasonic TM900 HD video camera). NICE results. With all the chairs and musicians and the tight squeeze moving among them, setting up and moving around a tripod is out of the question. I also intend to use this monopod in the summer for vacation shoots; it's SO MUCH more compact (and FAR lighter) than my tripod, and it will see a lot of action with both my video and my still camera. BUY A BALL HEAD for this monopod so you can quickly go from landscape to portrait mode(I use a Manfrotto 494 RC2 with quick release, $57 at B&H).

              PROS:
              carbon fiber isn't freezing to touch
              carbon fiber doesn't propagate vibrations as readily as do stiff aluminum poles--important with video shots and shutter interaction, I've heard. But I can't imagine doing a shoot where vibrations would be a factor.
              I like the twist mechanism for extending segments (matter of preference). Mechanism clamps sturdily, releases smoothly.
              carbon fiber is somewhat lighter, but we can all lift a few more ounces. Weight was NOT the deciding factor.

              CONS:
              Comes with a bag that's NOT big enough if you put a head on the tripod! Dumb move. I bought a VidPro bag (model TC-27, $11 from Amazon) fits FINE with the head on, nicely made.
              Too expensive for what it is. I almost bought the perfectly good Manfrotto 680B for half the price, but I hate touching cold metal (makes my hands ache), and sometimes I'm outdoors taking photos. Wearing gloves makes fingers clumsy for button-pushing in the cold, so carbon is the nicer way to go.

              Shooting (esp. video) VASTLY improves when using a monopod, and you'll be much more likely to have it with you than if you relied always on a heavy tripod.
              Learn to use the monopod as an improvised steadicam (extend the leg and hold in a relaxed way from the foam grip. Doing that--and using onboard image stabilization--will give you fabulous results. Skip the nerdy steadicam apparatus.

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              • No

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Monopod - pity about the bag

              By Bicubic

              from Melbourne, Australia

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Lightweight
              • Opens Quickly
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Poor storage bag

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel

              Comments about Jobu Design MCF-284 8X Carbon Fiber 4-Section Monopod:

              This is a well built monopod - light to hold with tight fittings. The leg collars are a delight to use and beat operating snap leg fittings in the cold. The only downside is that Jobu Design failed to think about the bag design. Once a very small head is fitted (actually any head) this monopod doesn't fit in its designated carry/storage bag anymore! It's a waste of a bag and a bit of an over sight from Jobu Design. However, I paid for a great monopod and not the bag, and the monopod is very sound.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              I would buy this product again

              By Bruce

              from Youngsville, N.C.

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Lightweight
              • Opens Quickly
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Jobu Design MCF-284 8X Carbon Fiber 4-Section Monopod:

                I bought this specifically so I could quickly set up my 200-500 zoom. With the Kirk head and a little practice it works like a charm. It is light and easy to set up.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Quality and Lightweight

                By Augie

                from Milwaukee, WI

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Lightweight
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Jobu Design MCF-284 8X Carbon Fiber 4-Section Monopod:

                  This will augment my camera gear especially when I put my large IS zoom lens on. It is lightweight and easy to move around. I thought I needed a bushing when all I had to do is turn the screw post around to fit the screw hole at the bottom of the camera.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Sturdy & Light for backpacking

                  By Cindy

                  from La Honda, CA

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Jobu Design MCF-284 8X Carbon Fiber 4-Section Monopod:

                    I use this monopod to give my camera a little bit more stability when I am backpacking especially when I am shooting in low light. It is sturdy, all the parts appear to work well and it fits diagonally in my carry-on luggage (without added head) and tucks into outside pocket of my backpack. I do clip the swivel handle onto a loop on my pack. It takes a few seconds to unwind all the sections but they work well. I like the way it is easy to make small adjustments in your position by leaning or pushing the single foot further back. This is not a substitute for tripod when you want super clear photos of landscapes, but sometimes I don't want the weight and it is easier to maneuver through a forest or crowd with a monopod, set up quickly and move onto the next spot. check out videos on You Tube about how to use a monopod (re using your feet as the other two feet of a 'tripod').

                    Share this review

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    I would buy this product again and again

                    By VA

                    from Norway

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Lightweight
                    • Opens Quickly
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Jobu Design MCF-284 8X Carbon Fiber 4-Section Monopod:

                      Lightweight monopod which is stable enough for my heaviest equipment Canon 50D with 300mm f/4.

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                      5.0

                      Very sturdy Monopod

                      By Karl B

                      from East Tennessee

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Lightweight
                      • Opens Quickly
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

                      • Sports/Action

                      Comments about Jobu Design MCF-284 8X Carbon Fiber 4-Section Monopod:

                      I almost bypassed this one...it was rated at eight pounds. Then I read that the manufacturer tested it with thirty pounds. They were right! It's rock solid and lightweight. The leg locks work flawlessly. This monopod should last many years.

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