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Canon Monopod 500

B&H # CAMP500 MFR # 4782B001
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Product Highlights
  • Supports up to 8.5 lb (3.8 kg)
  • Extends to 64.5" (164 cm)
  • Folds Down to 21.9" (55 cm)
  • Weighs only 1.1 lb (0.5 kg)
  • Mini Ballhead Included
  • Five Leg Sections
  • Flip Leg Locks
  • Rubber Leg Tip
  • Hand Strap Attached

When you got to keep moving, a tripod sometimes is too big and bulky, but you still need a little support, so . . . that's when you need the Canon Monopod 500. This compact (21.9"/55 cm) five-section support has a load capacity of 8.8 lb (3.8 kg) which is ample to hold equipment ranging from point and shoot digital cameras to professional digital SLRs, video cameras, scopes and binoculars.

The Monopod 500 extends to a working height of 64.5" (164 cm) and, includes a mini-ballhead for positioning your camera precisely where you want it. As opposed to hand-holding, the Monopod 500 allows you to hold your equipment steadier so you can capture sharper images and it reduces the chance of you missing a fleeting image.

Maximum Height 64.5" (164 cm)
Folded Length 21.9" (55 cm)
Load Capacity 8.5 lb (3.8 kg)
Leg Sections 5
Leg Lock Type Flip
Head Mini-ballhead
Male Thread Size 1/4"-20
Weight 1.1 lb (0.5 kg)

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CanonMonopod 500
 
4.5

(based on 181 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (113)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (52)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (151)
  • Compact (134)
  • Opens quickly (123)
  • Strong construction (110)

Cons

  • Weak clamps (9)
  • Unstable (6)
  • Unstable joints (6)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (108)
  • Travel (102)
  • Landscape/scenery (94)
  • Wildlife (86)
  • Video (54)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (78), Casual photographer (34), Semi-pro photographer (32), Pro photographer (20), Photography student (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (154), Yes (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Surprisingly Versatile

On the surface, it would seem that monopods have a very specific target market: Nature Photographers. you know, those guys that hike up into the mountains with their SLR and $3000 lens package...Read complete review

On the surface, it would seem that monopods have a very specific target market: Nature Photographers. you know, those guys that hike up into the mountains with their SLR and $3000 lens package to snap that rare bird or amazing vista. However, after using this for a few short weeks, I would count this as a "must buy" for every DSLR shooter out there.

The most surprising thing about the Monopod 500 is the fact that it was the cheapest one in the B&H catalog. A Canon brand product that is significantly cheaper than many of the "off brands" is a rarity.

It is lightweight and compact when collapsed, but it snaps up to its full height in seconds and feels very sturdy. In fact, it takes longer to attach the monopod to the camera than it does to extend and collapse the leg. Mounted to my 60D, I was able to quickly move around several live events (baseball games, historical re-enactments), set up fast shots and grab video with relative ease. The pod provides just enough steading power for quick shots. In the collapsed position, you can throw the monopod over your shoulder with the ball head at 90 degrees and have a makeshift shoulder mount. Or pair it with the optional Belt Pouch and you get a very workable steadycam-like setup. The trick to that is to keep the camera strap taught around one shoulder and you can get some really good hand held shots.

I recently went out to grab some "action" footage during Hurricane Irene and took the 60D and Monopod 500. I extended just the first section of the pod about halfway and planted it in the seat between my legs. This put the camera right at eye level and I was able to shoot out the window as we drove around in the storm. (DISCLAIMER: Someone else was driving the car. Do not attempt to shoot out of a car window while you drive!) By loosening the ball head slightly, I was able to lean the pod out the window while tilting the camera to maintain proper framing. It worked much better than I anticipated and I got some pretty great shots while keeping the 60D and myself dry.

This is one of those rare products that I can't find anything bad to say about. If you shoot DSLR video, pick one up today.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Sufficient for basic use

This monopod packs & travels well, it is light and easy to use. It provides the needed stability for photographing subjects in motion. The rotatable ball head is great for adjusting your camera...Read complete review

This monopod packs & travels well, it is light and easy to use. It provides the needed stability for photographing subjects in motion. The rotatable ball head is great for adjusting your camera quickly and the clip open leg extension allows for quick height adjustments. However, with a heavier lens (Zoom Telephoto EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS (Image Stabilizer) USM Autofocus Lens, for example) the collapsible leg tends to slide down when you don't want it to, causing you to need to pause and readjust the height at times.

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5.0

Great monopod- great price

By Don

from Albertville, AL

Comments about Canon Monopod 500:

I bought this monopod and was not sure if it was a quality product due to it's low price. I was pleasantly surprised to find the gear worked as described. I was able to extend it to the height I wanted which was just short of fully extended and lock it down. I would definitely recommend this monopod.

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4.0

It's worth it

By D

from VA

Comments about Canon Monopod 500:

Works well and made out of durable materials!

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5.0

A great product fron a great store.

By canon500

from chicago

Comments about Canon Monopod 500:

The monopod was exactly as expected and works great. it was shipped very quickly and was well packed. B&H photo is a great store

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5.0

Good Monopod

By DAVMAN13

from Hope Mills, NC

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Lightweight
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action

    Comments about Canon Monopod 500:

    I have tried a couple other ones and this one is better. Feels solid. I have not tried the really expensive ones, but for the price, I like this one.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Marvelous Monopod

    By Phil the Photographer

    from NY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Lightweight
    • Opens Quickly
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Canon Monopod 500:

      Great pproduct. Used it to take photos indoors at Thanksgiving dinner. Pictures came out clear and bright. Very easy to use.

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      • No

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      5.0

      So Darn light I barely know it's there!

      By Potion pro

      from Nm

      Comments about Canon Monopod 500:

      This Monopod is very light. The ball head on top is a nice addition although with my Canon 6D you got a crank it down pretty hard to keep it from drooping but it definitely helps to get the right angle shot without having to tilt the monopod. You can also remove the ball head very easily and use the mono pod without it although this also negates the use of the little wrist strap. All and all for the price and the benefit of the unit I give it a nine thumbs up!

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      5.0

      Perfect for self portraits

      By Pablo Labbe

      from Sapiranga, RS, BRAZIL

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Lightweight
      • Opens Quickly
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Portraits
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Canon Monopod 500:

        I bought this monopod to take self portraits in a wide angle. When you travel alone, you need something like this.

        It´s light, compact and easy use. His size fits in my backpack.

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        • No

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        4.0

        good for the price

        By Caddo Mounds

        from Deep East Texas

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Canon Monopod 500:

            lightweight for backpacking

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            3.0

            It's Okay

            By The Commish

            from Lemont IL

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Weak Clamps

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action

            Comments about Canon Monopod 500:

            Like some of the previous reviews stated, the ball clamp is a little weak when using a 200mm lens. But if you are moving around a lot on uneven ground this actually helps you level the camera.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Must have for SLR video on the go

            By Nate

            from Las Cruces, NM

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Lightweight
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Unstable

            Best Uses

            • Video

            Comments about Canon Monopod 500:

            I use this monopod to counter my lack of hand steadiness when shooting video with my 5ds. Works great. Easy to use and adjust in a hurry. Does not give you as steady of a video as a tripod, but really beats video by hand.

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            • No

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            3.0

            Good monopod, bad ball head

            By Gary G

            from West Suffield, CT

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Lightweight
            • Opens Quickly

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Canon Monopod 500:

              I am recovering from shoulder surgery and found that this monopod is invaluable in supporting my camera. I've supported Canon products and despite some negative reviews, I purchased the 500. The monopod itself works very well, but the ball head, to be blunt, I find is junk. It did a poor job of supporting my Canon 70D with a 18-135 zoom lens. I could first could not it tight and the camera was loose and then the threads retreated into the base. I finally ordered a Manfrotto ball head based on the positive comments. Until I get it, I've taken the ball head off and an screwing the camera directing to the monopod. I am unsure about recommending this - I wish I could.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Just what I wanted

              By Gedly

              from Auburn, CA

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Opens Quickly
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Canon Monopod 500:

                I have a new camera with a 50X lens and found out very early on that hand held wasn't going to do the job. This monopod is exactly what I was looking for.
                I can zoom in, and get some great "focused" shots that were impossible without the support.
                The adjustments work great, but I found the full extension seems to be the best 90% of the time.
                I LIKE IT!

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                • No

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                5.0

                Solid monopod

                By Mike

                from Indiana

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Lightweight
                • Opens Quickly
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Video
                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about Canon Monopod 500:

                  I have always wanted a monopod for travel and to try out for video. I am impressed at the quality of this pod for not too much money. It also extends long enough for eye level shooting. The extension clips are nearly as good as on my Manfrotto and the ball head, though small, works well.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great first monopod

                  By JAM

                  from Albany,NY

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Opens Quickly
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Canon Monopod 500:

                    This is my first monopod and I really like it. It seems very sturdy and it isn't too heavy. It's just the right height for me (I'm 5'8") and my NEX-6. I only wished that the ball head would tilt in ANY direction. It only tilts in one plane, such as forward and backwords (or left and right, if you put your camera on it that way). Other than that, it's easy to use and I expect it to last a long time.

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                    • No

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                    1.0

                    Piece of you know what

                    By emjay

                    from Texas

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Weak Clamps

                    Best Uses

                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Canon Monopod 500:

                    This thing broke right away. The clamps that tighten each section were loose right away and would not hold the weight of my camera. Put any pressure on it and it will sink down. B&H happily replaced it...same thing. I never got around to sending it back so I still have the 2nd one...though it's in pieces. Only useful as an off camera flash holder when you're on the move

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Buena relación precio calidad

                    By Alvaro

                    from Uruguay

                    Comments about Canon Monopod 500:

                    Lo único malo es que parece un poco grande, pero es cómodo, liviano, cabeza móvil, buena calidad, uniones estables y seguras, lo recomendaría a un amigo

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                    5.0

                    Handy Monopod, Easy to Travel With

                    By mrsteresagonzalez

                    from West Palm Beach

                    Comments about Canon Monopod 500:

                    This monopod is lightweight and compact making it easy to use and easy to travel with! I would highly recommend this to all my fellow Canon users.

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                    4.0

                    Basic, sturdy monopod

                    By Alenzcrafter

                    from Boston, MA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Adjustable Ball-bearing
                    • Adjustable Clamps
                    • Adjustable Clamp Strength
                    • Adjustable Height
                    • Compact
                    • Includes Handle Strap
                    • Lightweight
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • No Easy-remove For Camera
                    • No Footstand

                    Best Uses

                    • Crowded Places
                    • Low-light Situations
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Canon Monopod 500:

                    I bought this monopod to use in low-light conditions during a crowded event (tripod wouldn't fit). It was compact and served the purpose well. Great adjustment features: height and the ball bearing to have some flexibility with positioning the camera. The only things I wish it had are 1) a collapseable foot stand to give the monopod more stability if required, and 2) a way to remove the camera from the top without having to unscrew it (like the way most tripods function). For #2, I realize you can buy an attachment for that, but they get pretty bulky. All in all though, a solid piece of equipment for all your basic needs.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Perfect Match

                    By Sam224

                    from Az

                    Comments about Canon Monopod 500:

                    This monopod provides the perfect platform for using a digital camera on the field. It's light weight and compresses to a length easily carried or sturdy enough to also use extended as a walking stick.

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                    5.0

                    Exactly What I Needed

                    By Orion

                    from Austin

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Lightweight
                    • Opens Quickly
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Night Shots
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Canon Monopod 500:

                      I can easily replace the ball head. Holds my t4i and transports super easily. For a novice photographer on the go it's perfect. I really prefer the clips as they open quickly, easily and close tight and firm.

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