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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 176 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (109)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (51)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (149)
  • Compact (132)
  • Opens quickly (122)
  • Strong construction (108)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (106)
  • Travel (101)
  • Landscape/scenery (93)
  • Wildlife (85)
  • Video (53)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (76), Casual photographer (34), Semi-pro photographer (32), Pro photographer (20), Photography student (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (152), 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

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.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • 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.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • 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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              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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                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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                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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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great Product!

                  By Jesus

                  from Bronx, NY

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Canon Monopod 500:

                    I bought this monopod for my Canon 7D camera and for my Canon 100-400 meters telephoto lens. This monopod support the weight quite well. I Love the light weight of this monopod, great to travel, easy to handle, well design and built, great for its cost.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Looks good

                    By Skip

                    from St. Augustine, Fl

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Lightweight
                    • Opens Quickly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Canon Monopod 500:

                      I have only used this item a few time. I'm just a casual picture taker and this work great for me.

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                      • No

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                      3.0

                      light weight and great

                      By DJ Trooper

                      from brooklyn ny

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Lightweight
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Canon Monopod 500:

                        This Monopod by Canon is just the thing i have been looking for so I'm sure you will love it also. light weight but strong construction for working on the go. everyone that i showed it too has said that they will be picking it up. "it your turn now get them while they last."

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Monopod

                        By Stuart

                        from MD

                        Comments about Canon Monopod 500:

                        The Canom mpnopod 500 is sturdy and a great valie

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                        4.0

                        Satisfied but would maybe shop more

                        By PhotoJoe

                        from Butler, PA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight
                        • Opens Quickly

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Canon Monopod 500:

                          It is what it is…. pretty basic. My first foray into monopods….. haven't really used a lot yet but seems like it will do OK….. After I got this though I've been seeing some models that have tripod bases, replaceable heads, etc., more collapsible and versatile. But like I said, this monopod is what it is… a light weight, adjustable stick to hold your camera and reduce shake at the lowest price point for a quality monopod. The tall monopods with bases are 5x the cost of this from name brands, didn't want to spend that much just yet until I develop a sense for what I might be missing in certain shooting circumstances?

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