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Sunpak Ultra 4STM Tri-Monopod w/ Compact Pistol Grip Ball Head

B&H # SUU4STM Mfr # 620-U4STM-CPG
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Product Highlights
  • Removable Center Column Becomes Monopod
  • Fast-Positioning Pistol-Grip Ball Head
  • 4-Section Aluminum Legs
  • Maximum Tripod Height 61.25"
  • 11 lb Load Capacity

The Sunpak Ultra 4STM Tri-Monopod combines the best features of a full-size tripod and a full-size monopod in a single package that includes a compact pistol-grip ball head with a quick-release plate. The center column of the tripod doubles as a removable five-section monopod for a flexible, all-in-one camera support solution.

The lightweight (4 lb) Tri-Monopod supports loads up to 11 lb, so you can mount any of today's DSLR models with even the longest and heaviest of lenses. The head's pistol grip facilitates an extremely quick and easy way to set your shooting angle: just squeeze the trigger, position, and release, and the camera's position is locked. The included quick-release plate enables fast camera mounting and allows you to switch to handheld shooting in seconds.

The four-section aluminum legs feature a center brace for added stability. The magnesium chassis includes a bubble level so you can be sure your shot hews to the horizon. The maximum height of the tripod is 61.25", while the monopod features a maximum extension of 59.5" when removed from the tripod chassis.

Easy-to-use flip-lever leg locks
Leg braces for added stability
Rubber-tipped feet
Twist & lock monopod leg sections (5)
Professional matte black finish
General
Load Capacity 11 lb (5.0 kg)
Maximum Height Tripod: 61.25" (155.6 cm)
Monopod: 59.5" (151.1 cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended Not specified by manufacturer
Minimum Height Tripod: 22.25" (56.5 cm)
Monopod: 17.5" (44.5 cm)
Folded Length 23.75" (60.3 cm)
Weight 4 lb (1.8 kg)
Head
Head Type Pistol-grip ball head
Quick Release Yes
Legs
Material Aluminum w/ magnesium chassis
Head Attachment Fitting Not specified by manufacturer
Leg Stages/Sections Tripod: 4
Monopod: 5
Diameter Tripod leg: 0.9" (2.2 cm)
Leg Lock Type Tripod: Flip-lever
Monopod: Twist & lock
Independent Leg Spread No
Spiked/Retractable Feet No
Center Brace Yes
Center Column
Center Column Type Removable 5-section monopod
Center Column Sections 5
Bubble Level Yes (on chassis)
Sunpak Ultra 4STM Tri-Monopod w/ Compact Pistol Grip Ball Head
  • Quick Release Platform for Compact Pistol Grip Ball Head
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
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    SunpakUltra 4STM Tri-Monopod w/ Compact Pistol Grip Ball Head
     
    4.1

    (based on 44 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (20)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    85%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easily adjusted (30)
    • Lightweight (27)
    • Good footing (24)
    • Smooth movement (24)
    • Compact (23)

    Cons

    • Slips out of position (9)
    • Unstable (7)
    • Difficult to adjust (5)
    • Flimsy (4)
    • Heavy (4)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (26)
    • Outdoors (26)
    • Home (23)
    • Travel (19)
    • Portraits (17)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (20), Semi-pro photographer (8), Casual photographer (7), Pro photographer (7)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (36), Yes (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Quick and Painless, easy on your wallet

    This is actually a grade buy if you're in a quick need of a tripod. The ball-grip is included, and works great for getting any angle you need. You can also take off...Read complete review

    This is actually a grade buy if you're in a quick need of a tripod. The ball-grip is included, and works great for getting any angle you need. You can also take off the ball grip and use it on a different tripod or slider. Eitherway, if you're going to be buying a cheap ball-grip, you might as well get one that comes with a tripod.

    The tripod also turns into a monopod pretty easily. The monopod itself fits in my backpack, and is great to take around and travel with. My only issue with the unit is the spread-width of the legs and the function of extending the monopod. To extend the monopod, you have to twist the heck out of it, but still worth the price.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Like the tripod but the head won't hold

    I use the tripod with a Nikon D5100 DSLR and either an 18-55mm or 55-300mm lens, occasionally with macro extension tubes.

    The tripod is relatively light, the leg extension...Read complete review

    I use the tripod with a Nikon D5100 DSLR and either an 18-55mm or 55-300mm lens, occasionally with macro extension tubes.

    The tripod is relatively light, the leg extension releases are fast and easy, and for its size it's relatively sturdy. Haven't made use of the monopod yet, but it would be nice if it had a wrist strap.

    The pistol grip ball head is great in theory, and works fine with the camera level with the standard 18-55mm lens. Tilt the camera significantly or put on a large lens and the head loses all stability. I doubt my setup is even half the advertised weight capacity of this tripod. I've tried every possible way to tighten the ball head and increase grip, but no success.

    So, I would say not very good for any long lens uses (sports, some landscape, or wildlife), nor is it useful for macro photography where you may use a long lens, extension tube and tripod. Not really the tripod for video either.

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    5.0

    reaaaaally good product

    By leojavier

    from north bergen

    Comments about Sunpak Ultra 4STM Tri-Monopod w/ Compact Pistol Grip Ball Head:

    Very light, and lot of features

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    5.0

    Great Value - Ease of Use

    By Ranger

    from Minnesota

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easily Adjusted
    • Good Construction
    • Good Footing
    • Lightweight
    • Light weight
    • Locks In Tight
    • Smooth Movement
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Sunpak Ultra 4STM Tri-Monopod w/ Compact Pistol Grip Ball Head:

      While the tripod hasn't been out of the box all that long (Christmas gift from my family), it is going to fit the bill for my use as a hobbyist photographer. It is easy to set-up, versatile, and provides a sense of confidence, that when my camera is aboard, all will be well until I remove it.

      I'm glad I bought this model, and I'm glad I got it from B & H Photo!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      5.0

      No need to spend $400 on tripods

      By Quarshie

      from Woodbrodge, VA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easily Adjusted
      • Good Footing
      • Lightweight
      • Locks In Tight

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Outdoors
      • Portraits
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel

      Comments about Sunpak Ultra 4STM Tri-Monopod w/ Compact Pistol Grip Ball Head:

      This is my second tripod for my backup camera. It's light weight and cheap.and does the job!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      A gadget for the price

      By Rcnoypi

      from New jersey

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Outdoors
          • Portraits
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Sunpak Ultra 4STM Tri-Monopod w/ Compact Pistol Grip Ball Head:

          This is the best tripod for the price. I used it mainly indoor for portrait in a low light photography. 5 star for this product.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Very easy to setup and stable.

          By emc

          from Ligonier, PA

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easily Adjusted
          • Good Footing
          • Lightweight
          • Locks In Tight
          • Smooth Movement

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Outdoors
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Sunpak Ultra 4STM Tri-Monopod w/ Compact Pistol Grip Ball Head:

            I have used in flower photography and landscape/scenery and it is very easy to set up.

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            • No

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            2.0

            Functional and defective

            By Los_in_Focus

            from New York

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easily Adjusted
            • Lightweight
            • Smooth Movement

            Cons

            • Slips Out Of Position
            • Unstable

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Outdoors
            • Travel

            Comments about Sunpak Ultra 4STM Tri-Monopod w/ Compact Pistol Grip Ball Head:

            I have had to return this tripod twice for the same issue. The first time, one of the locks for the legs was missing completely. The second time i had a similar problem with the legs locks. The locking mechanism was there but it wouldn't lock the leg. It would continuously pop open.
            I expected a bit more quality at this price point.
            I do like the grip ball which makes it easy to reposition. I love how light weight it is and can hold more than enough mounted wieght.

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            • No

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            1.0

            Do not buy this product

            By Tarun

            from Westerville,OH

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easily Adjusted

            Cons

            • Heavy
            • Jerky Movement
            • Slips Out Of Position
            • Unstable
            • Wears Easily

            Best Uses

            • Travel

            Comments about Sunpak Ultra 4STM Tri-Monopod w/ Compact Pistol Grip Ball Head:

            Pistol grip is unstable. Having manufacturing defects. Already send two times for replacement in own expenses.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great inexpensive tripod

            By Luis

            from San Jose, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easily Adjusted
            • Good Footing
            • Lightweight
            • Locks In Tight
            • Smooth Movement

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Outdoors
              • Travel

              Comments about Sunpak Ultra 4STM Tri-Monopod w/ Compact Pistol Grip Ball Head:

              This is an inexpensive great tripod for field use. It is light weight and easy to use. The monopod option is very handy if you need one in locations where the tripod is difficult to use. The pistol grip is very useful.

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              • No

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              1.0

              Ultra 4STM Tri-Monopod w/ Compact Pistol

              By TKR

              from Westerville, OH

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Heavy
                • Slips Out Of Position
                • Unstable

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sunpak Ultra 4STM Tri-Monopod w/ Compact Pistol Grip Ball Head:

                  This Pistol grip is very very bad. I am unable to use more than a day.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  exactly what i was looking

                  By kaliman

                  from the bronx

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Footing
                  • Lightweight
                  • Smooth Movement

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Outdoors
                    • Portraits
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Sunpak Ultra 4STM Tri-Monopod w/ Compact Pistol Grip Ball Head:

                    is always a pleasure to go to this store. i always find what i am looking for.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Awesome!

                    By Artur

                    from Montreal, Qc, Canada

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Adjusted
                    • Good Footing
                    • Lightweight
                    • Locks In Tight
                    • Smooth Movement

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Outdoors
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Sunpak Ultra 4STM Tri-Monopod w/ Compact Pistol Grip Ball Head:

                      I use it with a small digital camera (Leica D-Lux5). Feels rock solid and stable. All the adjustables hold very tight. The pistol grip is fantastic, never used one before, and now I know what I've been missing. This is a tripod, if you slide out the middle rod, it becomes a monopod.
                      Well worth the price!!!
                      A

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                      3.0

                      Ultra 4STM Tri-Monopod w/ Compact Pistol

                      By Lou

                      from Centennial, CO.

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easily Adjusted
                      • Locks In Tight

                      Cons

                      • Flimsy
                      • Unstable

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • Outdoors
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Sunpak Ultra 4STM Tri-Monopod w/ Compact Pistol Grip Ball Head:

                      At first I was very please with this until the handle broke of the unit after the first two weeks and all I did was pick it up! Turns out that the handle connects to a ring around the shaft and the plastic is VERY THIN at that point and subsequently broke off. I had to take the whole thing apart to remove the broken handle because it was just dangling there. Other than that it's not too bad. A word of caution: It's not very stable at all when full extended so be careful of your equipment. You get what you pay for.

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                      4.0

                      Great for indoor and outdoor

                      By 511photography

                      from Los Angeles, Ca

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Adjusted
                      • Lightweight
                      • Smooth Movement

                      Cons

                      • Slips Out Of Position

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • Portraits
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Sunpak Ultra 4STM Tri-Monopod w/ Compact Pistol Grip Ball Head:

                      Monopod is great but make sure you tighten it all the way down! Tripod is easy and a great size. Perfect for the photographer between the professional and amateur level

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Great Product for the Price

                      By Shelley

                      from Washington, DC

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Adjusted
                      • Good Footing
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Slips Out Of Position

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Sunpak Ultra 4STM Tri-Monopod w/ Compact Pistol Grip Ball Head:

                        This is a great tripod for the price. It is sturdy, reasonably lightweight and easy to carry with a built in handle. The two "issues" I have with it are that 1) I can't seem to screw on the quick release plate tight enough to stay in place when I rotate the camera for a vertical shot (I have a Nikon D3000 this does this with both the kit lens and my larger lenses) and 2) it is a little large for traveling, but if you remove the monopod it will fit in a carry-on suite case in the two pieces, it just takes up a little more room that way.
                        All in all a very good deal for the price!

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                        • No

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                        3.0

                        So far, so good!!

                        By Geva

                        from Rochester, NY

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easily Adjusted
                        • Smooth Movement

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Portraits
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Sunpak Ultra 4STM Tri-Monopod w/ Compact Pistol Grip Ball Head:

                          The is the newest tool in my photography tool box. The greatest thing about this tripod is the ease of use. The pistol grip is wonderful, and the tripod to monopod is so cool. I can't wait to take this tripod out in the field. I really hope that it holds up.

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                          • Yes

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                          5.0

                          Geat Item, Great price

                          By krh

                          from florida

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easily Adjusted
                          • Good Footing
                          • Lightweight
                          • Locks In Tight
                          • Smooth Movement

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Outdoors
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife

                            Comments about Sunpak Ultra 4STM Tri-Monopod w/ Compact Pistol Grip Ball Head:

                            Brought this for my wife for her photography, this tripod is easy to use has the single removeable middle leg which makes it easy to use and stablize your camera when a tripod isn't nessasry.
                            Very light weight folds very small for a large tripod and the part is the price, I have seen the same item in stores for double what i paid for it.
                            Great company to deal with, fast shipping.
                            Very happy that my wife is happy with her new tripod.

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                            • Yes

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                            4.0

                            Not a bad Tripod and Monopad

                            By Powerfulskif

                            from Seattle, WA

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Sunpak Ultra 4STM Tri-Monopod w/ Compact Pistol Grip Ball Head:

                                  This is a good tripod - stable and not very flimsy. Pistol grip is very nice option but kind a hard to operate. Monopod is OK but could be better.

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                                  4.0

                                  Good product for the Price

                                  By 5424jer

                                  from Modesto, CA

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Good Footing
                                  • Locks In Tight

                                  Cons

                                  • Difficult To Adjust
                                  • Wears Easily

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about Sunpak Ultra 4STM Tri-Monopod w/ Compact Pistol Grip Ball Head:

                                  This is an excellent product for the price. The material coating the legs feels a little cheap, I think it'll rub off with time and use. And the ball head isn't the easiest to maneuver, especially since the pistol-grip trigger has to be squeezed pretty tightly to release it (though I suppose I'd be complaining if it were too easy, too). The monopod works well, though it can be difficult to expand. But as an all-in-one device, it fits the bill! Also, not that it's a terribly expensive accessory, but it comes with an extra quick-release, which is a perk!

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                                  4.0

                                  Great Product

                                  By Kalpan

                                  from Bensalem, PA

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Easily Adjusted
                                  • Good Footing
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Locks In Tight
                                  • Smooth Movement

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Outdoors
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Sports/Action
                                    • Travel
                                    • Wildlife

                                    Comments about Sunpak Ultra 4STM Tri-Monopod w/ Compact Pistol Grip Ball Head:

                                    Very good, light weight for its double use of tripod and monopod.

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                                    5.0

                                    Excellent tripod

                                    By erwinrm

                                    from Bolingbook, IL

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easily Adjusted
                                    • Good Footing
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Smooth Movement

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

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

                                      Comments about Sunpak Ultra 4STM Tri-Monopod w/ Compact Pistol Grip Ball Head:

                                      Lightweight, sturdy, quick and easy ball movement. This is the tripod I take with me most of the time.

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