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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
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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 80 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (62)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (17)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (69)
    • Compact (63)
    • Easy to use (40)
    • Durable (36)
    • Opens quickly (22)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/action (45)
      • Travel (45)
      • Landscape/scenery (37)
      • Wildlife photos (29)
      • Wildlife (17)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (35), Semi-pro photographer (25), Casual photographer (6), Pro photographer (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (70)

      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.

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      4.0

      I would buy this again

      By BL

      from Jaccksonville, FL

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        Very light. Compact and easy to carry in camera bag. Utilizes same ball head as my tripod.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Good buy

        By Drew

        from Franklin, NC

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          Very easy to assemble, small enough to pack, and very sturdy. Excellent monopod.

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          • No

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          5.0

          The CTM-2500 exceeded expectations...

          By Bob

          from Oklahoma

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            I was hoping to get a monopod for traveling (often overseas). I started by looking at the Manfrotto version because I have a Manfrotto carbon-fiber tripod which I like very much. The Oben CTM-2500 came us as a product others had also considered. I'd never heard of the brand but the reviews were very good and it was the lighter than other options. My only reservation was that the Oben did not have flip-locks. That has not been a problem and Oben release probably saves weight. I have been very impressed with the quality of photos taken using the Oben monopod. It is rock solid! I do use a Manfrotto head so the Manfrotto quick release plates are still interchangeable. The Oden was cheaper than the Manfrotto version but it seems like the fit and finish are very good.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Perfect!

            By Syd

            from Rainbow City, AL

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

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

              Perfect for holding steady without the time it takes to set up a tripod. Very happy!

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              • No

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              4.0

              Solid and Affordable

              By NMM

              from New York, New York

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Weddings/Events

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

                I am thoroughly enjoying my Oben Monopod - it's light and folds down small enough to carry but has a nice height to it when needed. Only thing I will say is that make sure you have a plate to attach your camera to it as it doesn't come with one.

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                5.0

                So light...

                By Traveler

                from Cumming, GA

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  This monopod is awesome! It is incredibly light, I barely noticed when I attached it to my back pack - and it attaches quickly and easily to my camera. Love the stability it provides - along with the flexibility to get ABOVE the crowd to get the shot!

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                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Great Tool

                  By Rajun Kajun

                  from Ladys Island, SC

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife Photos

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

                    I am a bird photographer who sometimes get in a position where a tripod would not work or fit into. The monopod is the perfect solution.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Nice for the price

                    By thomarbau

                    from WI

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

                    Nice monopod. Lightweight, sturdy, and easy to adjust. Worth the price paid for sure.

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                    5.0

                    Light & Sturdy

                    By Phototraveler07

                    from Charlotte NC

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • None at this time

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    I got this for a trip where I won't be able use a tripod.
                    It packs down small. I got this to steady a Olympus 40-150 f2.8 lens. In limited use it has worked well.

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                    5.0

                    Sturdy

                    By Yerv

                    from Warwick,RI

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

                    Very Google purchase. Well built and very lightweight.

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                    5.0

                    CTM-2500 5-Section Carbon Fiber Monopod

                    By BRB

                    from Kamloops BC

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      I like this monopod because it is sturdy and strong but very light. I use a monopod most of the time.Things that are great about it are the light weight and strength and the shortness so it will fit easily in a case or travel bag.So far I haven't found anything I don't like about it.

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                      5.0

                      Great Monopod!

                      By Jeff H

                      from Iowa

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

                      Everything is very smooth about the operation of the CTM-2500. The twist locking sections work great and bring the viewfinder to the exact position needed to take a comfortable shot while standing. The CTM-2500 is light weight to carry and is very compact when not extended.

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                      5.0

                      Very nice monopod

                      By Nicky

                      from Minneapolis, MN

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel
                        • Wildlife Photos

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

                        This a very nice monopod. It's light and collapes down to 17" so it can fit into just about any bag. Once fully open, it has the perfect height for any camera. The locking/opening system is easy to operate and locks up solid so it won't start collapsing on you with a heavy camera and lens.

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                        5.0

                        Light and Sturdy

                        By Dale Robert

                        from Troy, NY

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Wildlife Photos

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

                          This is my first time using a monopod. I purchased it for use with a 70-400mm lens for wildlife photography. This monopod is compact, lightweight and sturdy.

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                          5.0

                          Great Monopod

                          By Michael Ramos

                          from Puerto Rico

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

                          I was searching for a good quality monopod one that will last long. This one is light,robust,and been made of carbon fiber will last long enough. Im using it with a Canon 6d and 400mm 5.6L lens and is rock solid. Love it!

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                          5.0

                          As good or better

                          By Wickadel

                          from Wisconsin

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

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

                            Can not say enough about this Monopod, it is as good or better than those twice it's price. I use this with my 5d mark iii and a 70-200mm and x2 multiplier and get fantastic shots with it. It is extrememly well built and solid. The ring locks are fantastic and provide a very strong stable lock. The legs do not rotate at all so this provides for a excellent smooth extension and retraction of the leg sections. It is exteamly light, but of thick walled carbon fiber, verty rigid and is very compact when completely closed. I highly recommend this monopod.

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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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                                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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                                  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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