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Oben CTM-2500 5-Section Carbon Fiber Monopod

B&H # OBCTM2500 Mfr # CTM-2500
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Product Highlights
  • 26 lb Load Capacity
  • 65" Maximum Height
  • Collapses to 17.3"
  • Lightweight - Just over 1 lb
  • 6x Carbon Fiber Construction
  • Twist Locks & Anti-Rotation Shaft
  • Retractable Spike in Foot
  • Wrist Strap with Belt Clip

The Oben CTM-2500 5-Section Carbon Fiber Monopod is an extremely lightweight yet sturdy one-legged camera support that enables you to capture steady shots without needing to carry or set up a full tripod. The monopod has an anti-rotation shaft, so its twist locks can be disengaged all at once to deploy each leg stage instantly, making setup a breeze. Maximum height is 65", which facilitates comfortable operation for almost all users.

The CTM-2500 is composed of 6x carbon fiber to achieve its light weight, while ensuring its stability. It can bear loads up to 26 lb, so you can mount any DSLR camera with almost any lens, a point & shoot model, or even a full-sized camcorder.

For fine control over camera orientation, you can also attach a head to the monopod's reversible 3/8"-16 & 1/4"-20 mounting screw. Three set screws underneath the collar enable you to fasten the head securely to the plate. An Allen key is included & attached to the top leg section, so you're always ready to make adjustments.

The five-section monopod collapses to just 17.3", so you can stow it in almost any carry-on bag. At only 1.05 lb, it's the perfect travel companion – lightweight, compact, and simple to operate – but highly capable and ready in an instant to help you capture the perfect shot.

Reversible 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16 screw for mounting any camera or head
Metal spike emerges from rubber foot, for extra stability in grass, gravel, and other loose terrain
Foam grip protects your camera by ensuring that your grip doesn't slip
For a second line of security and more stable shooting, wrap the attached strap snugly around your wrist
Wrist strap features belt clip for convenient hands-free carrying
Maximum Height 65" (165.1 cm)
Folded Length 17.3" (43.9 cm)
Load Capacity 26 lb (11.8 kg)
Leg Sections 5
Leg Lock Type Twist lock
Male Thread Size 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16
Weight 1.05 lb (470 g)
Oben CTM-2500 5-Section Carbon Fiber Monopod
  • Allen Key
  • Dust Bag
  • 5 Year Limited Warranty
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    ObenCTM-2500 5-Section Carbon Fiber Monopod
     
    4.8

    (based on 64 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (49)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (58)
    • Compact (51)
    • Easy to use (29)
    • Durable (26)
    • Opens quickly (22)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/action (38)
      • Travel (38)
      • Landscape/scenery (29)
      • Wildlife photos (18)
      • Wildlife (17)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (28), Semi-pro photographer (22), Casual photographer (4), Pro photographer (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (59)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great monopod at any cost

      I use this monopod primarily for shooting wildlife (Sandhill Cranes with a 400mm lens) and for videoing my kids school programs. My primary consideration for a monopod was that it be tall enough...Read complete review

      I use this monopod primarily for shooting wildlife (Sandhill Cranes with a 400mm lens) and for videoing my kids school programs. My primary consideration for a monopod was that it be tall enough for me to use without bending over (64") while still collapsing as short as possible for storage and travel, all without breaking the bank. Weighing almost nothing was a convenient side effect (glad I went with carbon fiber). This little guy does it all!

      I use it with a small Velbon ball head that I already owned. I first used it to support my 400mm lens when shooting Sandhill Cranes at sunrise/set, and it was a godsend. It allowed me flexibility of motion without killing my arm and causing camera shake. Only a tripod+gimbal head would be better (but far more expensive).

      I also use it a lot to record shake-free video of my kids' school programs. The monopod stands easily between my feet and supports the camera at the ideal height while I'm seated near the front. No more hiding at the back of the room with my tripod. The short collapsed length makes transporting it in & out of a crowded auditorium a piece of cake.

      I was a little worried about buying an new, unknown brand (Oben), but the longer I waffled, the more shining reviews started to trickle in.

      The first copy I received had one (of four) defective twist locks. The shaft would rotate along with the lock, and something rattled inside. Fortunately, I wasn't in a hurry, and B&H replaced it with no hassle. The new copy works flawlessly, and all the twist locks are smooth and firm.

      My only complaint (if you can call it that) is that the little storage bag that comes with it is literally 50% longer than the monopod. It's apparently a generic bag used for several models. It's very thin, and really won't protect it from anything except dust. I only use it when storing the pod on the shelf.

      I suppose it would also be nice if the wrist strap could be easily detached, because it's large and I rarely use it. The belt clip is nice to have once in a while if I don't have my larger camera bag with me.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Good, but not great.

      I bought this as a light stick for speed lights and for that it's perfect. But I don't recommend it for a heavy rig.

      I bought this as a light stick for speed lights and for that it's perfect. But I don't recommend it for a heavy rig.

      Reviewed by 64 customers

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      5.0

      Lightweight and super sturdy

      By Trial by Fire

      from MO

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Oben CTM-2500 5-Section Carbon Fiber Monopod:

        I used this mono for both video and pictures while hiking in the mountains of Colorado. It is really sturdy, the twist locks are snug and stay put, and the best of all, it is REALLY light!

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        5.0

        Great monopod

        By BCS

        from KC, MO

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Oben CTM-2500 5-Section Carbon Fiber Monopod:

          Small and light. It meets all my needs. Great product. You can't go wrong with this Oben monopod.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great Monopod

          By Kathy

          from Fort Myers, Florida

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Oben CTM-2500 5-Section Carbon Fiber Monopod:

            Helps when using 70-200 lens on 5D3 for long time.
            Very light yet sturdy.
            Folds down to small length.

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            • No

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            5.0

            great monopod

            By Ambient Light

            from Boston

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Oben CTM-2500 5-Section Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                I use this to support long exposures in places where tripods are awkward or banned. I am the other 2 legs of a "tripod" and I use the self timer on my DSLR so that there's no movement in my hand. The great thing about this monopod is its size and weight. It is really small when locked in (easily fits in any suitcase) and it has a belt clip that lets you carry it very easily.

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                5.0

                light and tall

                By j. isham photography

                from Penfield, NY

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Bees Butterflies Birds
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Oben CTM-2500 5-Section Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                  I use this instead of a tripod for all my nature photography. One of few which is both tall enough (I'm 6'2'), and reasonable enough. Way easier and faster than a tripod. It weighs virtually nothing, and compacts enough to fit in Think Tanks smallest "Airport Essentials" bag. V. Happy

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                  5.0

                  Great mono-pod

                  By Dave the Birder

                  from St Louis area

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Oben CTM-2500 5-Section Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                    I need to lighten my load and foot print by replacing my Oben tripod with a monopod. I was reluctant at first because my 600mm lens weighs 14 pounds.
                    with a good solid tilt head this works great.

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                    4.0

                    Minor Quality Issues

                    By UNU

                    from Yonkers, NY

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Oben CTM-2500 5-Section Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                      Overall it is well design, light and strong, but the one I received there were some quality issues. There was letter numbers with white chalk on the bag. Also, a friction on one section was not an uniform, and I had to pull down by hand until it stops. All other sections were good. After one day of use, I returned and purchased SIRUI P-326.

                      Many people recommend as posivive feedback. It seems I was just picked a bad one. I can recommend if above issues are none or if you don't care about these.

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                      5.0

                      Oven monopod

                      By Dave the birder

                      from St Louis

                      Comments about Oben CTM-2500 5-Section Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                      Works great with my 13 pound, 600mm telephoto. Lighter than a tripod but balances satisfactory if weight is centered on the monopod

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                      5.0

                      Light weight yet solid construction

                      By Rodger Dodger

                      from N. California

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Oben CTM-2500 5-Section Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                          This is a component of a light weight and stealthy travel kit I am putting together. I plan to add a lightweight Sirui ball head. Experimenting with making it self standing by attaching it to my super Lt. Wt. Tamrac Zipshot tripod. (Together they're not much more than 2 lbs.) I use a tennis ball wedged up in place with elastic line to keep the ZipShot legs open. Its a work in progress. Everything, camera w/lens, fits in a non photo low profile daypack.

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                          5.0

                          Oben monopod

                          By LG

                          from Maryland

                          Comments about Oben CTM-2500 5-Section Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                          Used this on the Appalachian trail and loved it. Well made. Decided this one over the manfrotto. I usually prefer the clip lock style, but for hiking I wanted the twist lock so there were no clips to catch branches if I used it as a hiking stick briefly as well.

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                          5.0

                          Great monopod

                          By Frank Naccari Productions

                          from New York & Westchester

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Sports/Action
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Oben CTM-2500 5-Section Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                            I use this monopod for my SONY NX5 and it works great!
                            Not only is it very strong made from carbon fiber, it is also very light weight at under 1 lbs. and closes very small to under 18".
                            The twist to lock is very easy and quick to use on the fly.

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                            5.0

                            Great Monopod!

                            By Snap Shot

                            from Massachusetts

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Oben CTM-2500 5-Section Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                              I had shopped around for a monopod for awhile and bought this one because I liked the price and quality of Oben. It is light, easy to use, and is a great alternative to lugging around a tripod (although I still keep one handy).

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                              5.0

                              A revelation

                              By Music Man5

                              from Normal, IL USA

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Durable
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Oben CTM-2500 5-Section Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                                I've used monopods for years. But tend to leave them in the car as they are difficult to carry when not on the camera.

                                Plus my Manfrotto mono is just too long when closed up and not long enough open. Plus it's heavy.

                                So I went looking for lighter, shorter, taller and a better way to carry.

                                I found the Oben CTM-2500. It met all my requirements and the belt holder is perfect. Now I have my monopod with me all the time!!

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                                4.0

                                Sturdy and light

                                By Gerry

                                from Sarasota, FL

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy to Use
                                • Light Weight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about Oben CTM-2500 5-Section Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                                  Excellent choice for hiking or any time you will be carrying a long lens and need to steady the shot.

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                                  5.0

                                  Just what I wanted.

                                  By Uncle Ron

                                  from Flora, Il

                                  Comments about Oben CTM-2500 5-Section Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                                  Light weight and good price

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                                  3.0

                                  Good, but not great.

                                  By Textrek57

                                  from Houston, TX

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Family Photos
                                    • Travel
                                    • Weddings/Events

                                    Comments about Oben CTM-2500 5-Section Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                                    I bought this as a light stick for speed lights and for that it's perfect. But I don't recommend it for a heavy rig.

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Excellent light weight monopod

                                    By RLB in AZ

                                    from Goodyear, AZ

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy to Use
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Travel

                                      Comments about Oben CTM-2500 5-Section Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                                      Carried this for several days while on shore during a recent cruise. I love the belt clip which made it easy to carry and out of my way.
                                      I was able to use my existing Oben ball head from my travel tripod without any difficulties.
                                      Over all a great performer.

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                                      5.0

                                      Very nice

                                      By David

                                      from Springfield, IL

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Compact
                                      • Durable
                                      • Easy to Use
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

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

                                        Comments about Oben CTM-2500 5-Section Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                                        Very well made, easy to use, easy on/off, very light. I use it with a video camera. Much lighter than hauling a tripod through the woods. It makes it much easier to get a shake free shot.

                                        No possible complaints.

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                                        5.0

                                        Easy to Use

                                        By Poprock

                                        from Toms River, NJ

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy to Use
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Sports/Action
                                          • Wildlife Photos

                                          Comments about Oben CTM-2500 5-Section Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                                          Quick disconnect is just that. Easy to handle. worked great at recent sports shoot.

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                                          4.0

                                          Great Monopod

                                          By Christine

                                          from Rochester, NY

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Compact
                                          • Easy to Use
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                          • Poor Quality Control

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Oben CTM-2500 5-Section Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                                            Overall the monopod works great. I took one star away because one of the sections wouldn't extend when I first got it. I took it apart to find some scrap pieces of carbon fiber stuck inside. After I took these scraps out it worked perfect.
                                            The monopod is very lightweight and perfect for travel or hiking. I was surprised how sharp my images are, they appear almost as sharp as the shots I've taken on my tripod.

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