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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
     
    4.7

    (based on 52 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (38)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (49)
    • Compact (44)
    • Opens quickly (22)
    • Easy to use (21)
    • Strong construction (19)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/action (35)
      • Travel (33)
      • Landscape/scenery (22)
      • Wildlife (17)
      • Wildlife photos (12)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (25), Semi-pro photographer (18), Casual photographer (3), Pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (50)

      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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      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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            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

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              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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                    5.0

                    I like the design and build of this Mono

                    By srloren

                    from Carlsbad, CA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Sports/Action

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

                      I like the weight and design of this Monopod. I shoot sports for my granddaughter soccer and basket ball. Excellent value... L. S. Carlsbad, CA

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                      5.0

                      Excellent Monopod

                      By lang7119

                      from Savannah, GA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        I was looking for a light weight carbon fiber that was easy to carry on my camera bag. The CTM 2500 met this requirement with flying colors. I was able to get excellent shots in a dim theater using a canon 70-200 f2.8 L even at 200mm. Could not be happier.

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                        4.0

                        Solid Monopod that is easy to carry

                        By celltech

                        from dallas, tx

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Sports/Action

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

                          Folds down to a vary short length considering how far it can extend. Mounting head is very versatile and feels solid. Screw type locks are nice and compact, but take longer to tighten than simple lever type locks. Costs 2x vs. a similar aluminum model.

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                          5.0

                          I would buy this product again & again,

                          By chucklink

                          from Aiken, SC 29803

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel

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

                            I will use this product for traveling light and, mainly forSports.I like the fact that it is sturdy, but light to carry.It also works with my Really Right Stuff, Large Ballhead.I believe you will like this product as much as I do.

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                            5.0

                            Light, Sturdy, Durable

                            By Chad

                            from Houston, TX

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Durable
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Sports/Action

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

                              Got this tripod a few weeks ago. I wanted carbon fiber and twist release sections. Looked at the Gitzo, but already had an Oben table top tripod (also fantastic) so I gave this one a shot. It is perfect. light, sturdy, durable. I don't use a ball head with it, as I mount a 70-200 2.8 or 70-400 f4 on it directly for sports. If you want to save a few hundred dollars and get the same quality as Gitzo, try this monopod out. I am very pleased thus far.

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                              5.0

                              Light but Heavy Duty

                              By bigbenky

                              from Henderson,Ky.

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Wildlife Photos

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

                                I use this monopod with my Sigma 150-500mm. Nice grip,sections slide out easily,and strong enough to handle the big lens.Can also be used as walking stick.

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                                5.0

                                Love it.

                                By Paul

                                from Kansas City, Kansas

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Durable
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Family Photos
                                  • Sports/Action

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

                                  I didn't know what to expect as this is my first Oben purchase. Absolutely love it. Wished I'd thought ahead and bought the VH-R2 Swivel/Tilt Monopod Head to go with it at the time but I will.

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                                  5.0

                                  Oben Monopod

                                  By Tony

                                  from Bangor, ME

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Sports/Action
                                    • Wildlife Photos

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

                                    Extremely light weight, connects in a flash and is easy to use. Bought on a Black Friday sale to use with a Canon 300mm f/2.8L that I'm purchasing soon. Used with my 70-200 just briefly but it works great. Lays across the top of my gear bag, twisting mechanism works well, doesn't slip and is steady on the ground. Highly recommend it for the price.

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                                    5.0

                                    Great Monopod

                                    By Mizo

                                    from Irvine, CA

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

                                    This is a very light but yet very sturdy monopod. I can mount my Canon EOS-1 with a Canon 70-200mm f2.8L and if feels stable and solid. Excellent.

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                                    4.0

                                    A real bargin

                                    By Birder

                                    from Bogart, GA

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Easy to Use
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Sports/Action
                                      • Travel
                                      • Wildlife Photos

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

                                      Using with Nikon D800E To photograph birds in flight with 400mm lens. Easy to set up and pan to follow birds . More practical than a tripod for this application. Excellent product for the price.

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                                      5.0

                                      Beautifully crafted

                                      By masiman

                                      from phoenix, az

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                      Pros

                                      • Compact
                                      • Durable
                                      • Easy to Use
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

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

                                          I'm telling you, for what they charge for these monopods they are well worth the money. They look great, the legs are super smooth sliding and do everything they say they'll do. If you are looking for a strong lightweight good looking pod, this is the one!

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                                          4.0

                                          Good considering the price

                                          By Horus

                                          from Melbourne, Australia

                                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Cheap
                                          • Compact
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                          • Twist Lock Ease Of Use

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Sports/Action
                                          • Travel
                                          • Wildlife Photos

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

                                          This is my first monopod I have owned, I don't know why I put off buying one for so long! All of the leg sections can be unscrewed in one simple twist of the hand. The section that comes out from the top most twist lock requires a bit of guidance to extend, and doesn't extend as smooth as the others.
                                          I use this with the 500mm f4 IS, 7D and 1.4x tc for wildlife and it handles the weight fine, I have been very impressed. I didn't want to pay for the Gitzo monopod but when I go back to using my Gitzo tripod the twist locks are noticeably easier to unlock and lock, and don't require as much twisting.
                                          Most of the time I have been reaching for my tripod to carry with me but I am finding now that I have this monopod, I have been reaching for it over the tripod. So much lighter and can easily fit in a backpack.
                                          The height of this monopod is excellent, I was worried I would be bending down to take photos when it is fully extended, however I usually have 1 leg section either not extended at all or 1/2 extended to reach my height.

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