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Benro A38FBS2 Aluminum Monopod with S2 Head

B&H # BEA38FBS2 Mfr # A38FBS2
Discontinued

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Product Highlights
  • 70" Maximum Height
  • Folds Down to 25.8"
  • 3 Folding Feet
  • Flip Locks
  • Locking Pan, Tilt, Drag Adjustments
  • Large Ergonomic Pan Bar Handle

The Benro A38FBS2 Aluminum Monopod with S2 Head combine to offer photographers and videographers near-tripod stability with the benefits of flexibility and superior mobility. This machined aluminum support reaches a height of 70" and closes down to 25.8". Flip locks make operation secure and easy in any weather as does the foam grip and wrist strap. The system's most striking feature is the folding 3 feet at the bottom of the first section; they're indispensible in slippery conditions or with longer lenses. The base of the feet allows tilting for accurate leveling.

The Benro S2 Head features a large interchangeable pan bar handle that makes smooth 360° panning easy and allows a tilting range of +/- 85 degrees. Locking drag control allows you to match the head's tension to the weight of your camera. The head comes with a sliding quick release plate with both 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 camera screws for fast action. The integrated bubble level aids in setting up level horizons.

Flip Lock Legs
Monopod height can easily be set even with gloves on with the tripod's flip lock legs
3 Leg Folding Base
Heavy duty support has 3 folding feet for extra stability. The base tilts for accurate leveling
Tilt Drag Lock Lever
Set and lock in the tension control to match the weight of your camera
Pan Drag Lock Lever
Adjusts tension and locks head for 360 degree pan movement
Closed-Cell Foam Hand Grip
A thick layer of closed-cell nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) provides a comfortable yet firm grip when carrying your Benro monopod, also includes hand strap for extra security
Built-in Bubble Level
Allows accurate leveling to prevent uneven pans
Includes QR4 Quick Release Plate
Removable quick release plate with sliding adjustment for better camera balance
Interchangeable Pan Bar Handle
With angular adjustment for convenient user control
Carry Case and Strap
For handy transport and protection of the monopod and head
Construction Aluminum
Maximum Height 70" (175 cm)
Folded Length 25.8" (65.6 cm)
Load Capacity 5.5 lb (2.5 kg)
Leg Sections 4
Leg Lock Type Flip Lock
Head Type Fluid, panning
Quick Release Included QR4 with 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 camera screws
Feet Yes, 3 folding
Adjustments Tilt: +85 / -85 (fixed fluid cartridge balance)
Pan: 360 degrees with panning lock
Drag control with lock
Weight 2.9 lb (1.3 kg)
Benro A38FBS2 Aluminum Monopod with S2 Head
  • QR4 Slide-In Video Quick-Release Plate for S2 Video Head
  • Case with Shoulder Strap
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
  • Additional Limited 2-Year Warranty after Online Registration
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    BenroA38FBS2 Aluminum Monopod with S2 Head
     
    4.6

    (based on 18 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (14)
    • Compact (8)
    • Easy to use (8)
    • Durable (5)
    • Folds away (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video (7)
      • Weddings (7)
      • Landscape/scenery (3)
      • Sports/action (3)
      • Travel (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (5), Photo enthusiast (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (13)

      Reviewed by 18 customers

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      5.0

      Compact, lightweight and easy to use.

      By runandgun

      from Boise Idaho

      About Me Film Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Folds Small
      • Good Stability
      • Lightweight
      • Unfolds Quickly

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Stabilization

        Comments about Benro A38FBS2 Aluminum Monopod with S2 Head:

        Great for run and gun style filming with my Canon xa20 video camera.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Very sturdy.

        By J

        from MN

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Folds Small
        • Good Stability
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Movies

          Comments about Benro A38FBS2 Aluminum Monopod with S2 Head:

          I like the feet which help stabilize but this is definitely not a tripod as there is still movement when shooting video. The monopod is very sturdy and well made.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Wish I had bought this sooner!

          By Street Shooter

          from Coronado, CA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Folds Small
          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Movies
            • Stabilization

            Comments about Benro A38FBS2 Aluminum Monopod with S2 Head:

            I have a compact Sony RX100 and discovered how much fun it is to use for videos. I enjoy street photography and like to use my bicycle to find unusual photo ops. This monopod is easy to carry on my back and provides the stability needed for smooth video. I tried a tripod, but found it took too much time to set up and took up too much room in most situations. The flip locks and fold down legs that snap into place, allow me to be set up and shooting in a few seconds and still allow me the mobility that I want.

            Order a spare quick release plate or you're out of business if you misplace your only one. I do wish that the quick release plate used a flip up screw head, so I don't need a coin.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Awesome!

            By Luca

            from America

            Comments about Benro A38FBS2 Aluminum Monopod with S2 Head:

            Great monopod for the money

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            5.0

            Love this!

            By LKPhoto

            from Livermore, Ca

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Benro A38FBS2 Aluminum Monopod with S2 Head:

              I was not sure about getting a monopod, then saw this one and decided to try it out. I LOVE it, very light and great for what I use it for, portrait photography.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Scintillating

              By Ceekay

              from Woodside NY

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Benro A38FBS2 Aluminum Monopod with S2 Head:

                  It's everything i wanted in a monopod.
                  Easy to move around. Stylish too.

                  Having paid over $100 i wish it was able to hold more heavy cameras too.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Much Needed

                  By dj coffey

                  from Missouri City, TX

                  Comments about Benro A38FBS2 Aluminum Monopod with S2 Head:

                  Very handy tool. Have to tighten the bottom where the monopod moves, but it's minor. I recommend it to anyone looking for a quick & easy way to do portable shots but need some stability.

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                  5.0

                  Tops the expensive ones

                  By NSPG

                  from Central Florida

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Video

                    Comments about Benro A38FBS2 Aluminum Monopod with S2 Head:

                    Great product, i'm please at the fact that its function the same way the high end mono pods do, at only a fraction of the cost.

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                    • No

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Finally! Steady SLR Video!

                    By BradZChef

                    from Stockbridge, GA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Video

                      Comments about Benro A38FBS2 Aluminum Monopod with S2 Head:

                      I've used this monopod with my Sony A6000 shooting video in 2 venues. It's quick & easy to raise and lower it quickly to get height I wanted. The feet allowed it to stand on its own allowing "hands free" operation (though I wouldn't subject it to windy or high traffic areas!) It lacks the "notch" the Manfrotto has when the leg is vertical but the bubble level worked fine. Since I was using it in Auditoriums with sloping floors that was not an issue. The fluid head is nice. I could hold it securely with my left hand and pan using the fluid head OR hold it loosely and the fluid coupler located above the feet worked great. Often I miss shots because I didn't want to carry or hassle with a tripod. This monopod is so much easier to use that I WILL use it. My shots should improve greatly!

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Good stability

                      By Kent

                      from Thomaston ME

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight
                      • Opens Quickly

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Benro A38FBS2 Aluminum Monopod with S2 Head:

                        The 3 rubber feet give great stability when using the monopod on the rocky shores of the Maine coast. It is a fast set-up for use with my 70-400 mm lens.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Worked Great!

                        By quick shot

                        from st. louis

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Lightweight
                        • Opens Quickly

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Sports/Action
                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Benro A38FBS2 Aluminum Monopod with S2 Head:

                          Used this to video a wedding and performed perfectly. Kept my camera steady and also worked good for photos as well.

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                          • No

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                          (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great!

                          By Natymariane

                          from Cape Cod, MA

                          Comments about Benro A38FBS2 Aluminum Monopod with S2 Head:

                          I bought this for my boyfriend as a Christmas gift and he absolutely loved it! It works great! I don't really understand much about photography but he does and he was VERY happy! :)

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                          4.0

                          Like it,

                          By Mike Gee

                          from Memphis

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Benro A38FBS2 Aluminum Monopod with S2 Head:

                            Bought this to hold Sony NX-5..Mono pod is nice, well built, and light weight.
                            Head is smooth.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Great product for the price

                            By Huntertl

                            from Maple Grove Minnesota

                            Comments about Benro A38FBS2 Aluminum Monopod with S2 Head:

                            Would recommend this to everyone specially those people who like to travel

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                            4.0

                            Easy to Use

                            By Double Leg Takedown

                            from Elgin, IL

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Bulky

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Benro A38FBS2 Aluminum Monopod with S2 Head:

                            I use this monopod for both photo and video. It is easy to use. A bit bulky, but light in weight and the case with it's shoulder strap helps a lot. Helps with stability when having to move around while shooting conventions and sporting events.

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                            • No

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Good Value

                            By Average Joe

                            from Pittsburgh, PA

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Video
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Benro A38FBS2 Aluminum Monopod with S2 Head:

                              We use it primarily with a Nikon D800 for videography. The monopod is light and of very good quality - especially for the price. The head seems to be somewhat light in construction but it functions well. Time will tell if it holds up, but overall I'm pleased.

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                              • No

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              A very inexpensive quality Monopod.

                              By Reel McCoy

                              from Gilroy, CA

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Durable
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Video
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Benro A38FBS2 Aluminum Monopod with S2 Head:

                                This is a very good monopod for the price and has a lot of quality features. The product also comes with a nice case which is a bonus. I use this for monopod for event videography.

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Benro A38FBS2 Review

                                By Dan

                                from CA

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Durable
                                • Easy to Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Benro A38FBS2 Aluminum Monopod with S2 Head:

                                  I saw a monopod with legs at a wedding a few months ago and it looked great.
                                  I purchased the Benro instead of other ones because it had the nice flip legs.
                                  When I received it, I noticed that the pivet head at the bottom of the legs was real loose, but it has several hex screws that you can tighten to make it more stable. The legs lock in place when you open them and you have to press the unlock to close the legs back up.
                                  The quick release is nice but a little hard to tighten under an SLR camera.
                                  I just used it yesterday inside a church with carpet holding a Canon 5D Mark II with a 70-200mm lens. The camera wable's around a little on carpet, so as long as you don't move it, it stays up just fine.
                                  You can lean the camera back a little to counter the weight of the lens and it stays in place without an issue.
                                  The camera bag is very nice and the flip legs are great.
                                  The nice thing about this item is the fact that you get the benefits of a tripod without having to stand out with a tripod or take up a lot of room.

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