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SunpakPro 724M Carbon Fiber Monopod
 
4.1

(based on 13 reviews)

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    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (12)
  • Compact (11)
  • Strong construction (9)
  • Opens quickly (8)

Cons

  • Weak clamps (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (8)
  • Landscape/scenery (4)
  • Sports/action (3)
  • Wildlife (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (8), Semi-pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best bang for the buck

I was fortunate enough to have a business trip to NYC and swung by the B&H store ...with the goal of finding a carbon fiber (read: "light weight)...Read complete review

I was fortunate enough to have a business trip to NYC and swung by the B&H store ...with the goal of finding a carbon fiber (read: "light weight) monopod and not spending more than $100.

I got to lay hands on most of the monopod models they had on display and came away with this Sunpak. It was by far the sturdiest of the mid-priced 'pods and almost, or just as, sturdy as units costing two and three times as much ...but they also tended to be a bit heavier. When testing the monopods I fully extended the lowest leg segment ...the thinnest ...and tried to flex each by holding them at a steep angle to the ground while applying a bit of pressure. Most of the monopods showed quite a fair amount of flex; the Sunpak was the most rigid. I also wanted one with an optional "spike" and the Sunpak had that; you simply screw in the rubber foot to reveal the metal spike tip. The only thing making this a less than perfect find are the section locks; I was looking for lever type locks versus the screw twist locks which this Sunpak has. If the lock type isn't an issue then add another star.

If your looking for a lightweight/carbon fiber, sturdy monopod that won't break the bank ...the Sunpak is hard to beat.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Do not turn upside down!

I have had this monopod for about a year and a half. It's been very lightly used. I was just using it to shoot low angle video with my Canon 7D with the...Read complete review

I have had this monopod for about a year and a half. It's been very lightly used. I was just using it to shoot low angle video with my Canon 7D with the 17-50mm lens and the top popped off while I had it turned upside down. The camera and mini ball head housing fell to the ground and my Tamron lens got ruined. Turns out the mounting screw and plate are glued in, there's nothing structural holding it in place. One star for being low cost and light. Minus three for ruining my $700 lens. I'm lucky my camera survived.

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2.0

Not so good

By Miro

from IL

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Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

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        Comments about Sunpak Pro 724M Carbon Fiber Monopod:

        To heavy and big for carbon fiber, to expensive.

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        5.0

        Very nice monopod

        By Kip

        from Memphis TN

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Lightweight
        • Opens Quickly
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Sunpak Pro 724M Carbon Fiber Monopod:

          Very solid but light construction. Easy to pack in and out. Great service from B&H.

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          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Do not turn upside down!

          By tvbad

          from Los Angeles

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Lightweight
          • Opens Quickly

          Cons

          • Unstable
          • Unstable Joints
          • Weak Clamps

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sunpak Pro 724M Carbon Fiber Monopod:

            I have had this monopod for about a year and a half. It's been very lightly used. I was just using it to shoot low angle video with my Canon 7D with the 17-50mm lens and the top popped off while I had it turned upside down. The camera and mini ball head housing fell to the ground and my Tamron lens got ruined. Turns out the mounting screw and plate are glued in, there's nothing structural holding it in place. One star for being low cost and light. Minus three for ruining my $700 lens. I'm lucky my camera survived.

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            5.0

            Monopod works great

            By Normano

            from Edison, NJ

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Lightweight
            • Opens Quickly
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors low light

              Comments about Sunpak Pro 724M Carbon Fiber Monopod:

              I am going to sites in Andalucia where tripods are not permitted. I had been warned by others about the ineffectiveness of monopods. I picked this one up based on price, ease of use, light weight, and strength. I have shot photos in a dimly lit cathedral that I was not able to do handheld the week before. It takes developing a techniques, but this one sets up quickly and can put slower shutter speeds in reach. I used it for outside photos, too, with good results. With it retracted, I just leave it attached to the camera which is around my neck. The pistol-grip ballhead makes adjustment easy and quick.

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              5.0

              Better than bargained for

              By Joe

              from Johns Creek, GA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Lightweight
              • Opens Quickly
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sunpak Pro 724M Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                  Super lightweight and strong; coupled with my Monfroto ball head, Nikon D5000 and Nikon 70-300 it's still lighter than my D40 with the same lens mounted on my Gitzo aluminum without the ball head!
                  Easy to use and a snap to adjust.
                  It's a great deal.

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                  4.0

                  Best bang for the buck

                  By Mike

                  from Georgia

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Lightweight
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Sunpak Pro 724M Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                    I was fortunate enough to have a business trip to NYC and swung by the B&H store ...with the goal of finding a carbon fiber (read: "light weight) monopod and not spending more than $100.

                    I got to lay hands on most of the monopod models they had on display and came away with this Sunpak. It was by far the sturdiest of the mid-priced 'pods and almost, or just as, sturdy as units costing two and three times as much ...but they also tended to be a bit heavier. When testing the monopods I fully extended the lowest leg segment ...the thinnest ...and tried to flex each by holding them at a steep angle to the ground while applying a bit of pressure. Most of the monopods showed quite a fair amount of flex; the Sunpak was the most rigid. I also wanted one with an optional "spike" and the Sunpak had that; you simply screw in the rubber foot to reveal the metal spike tip. The only thing making this a less than perfect find are the section locks; I was looking for lever type locks versus the screw twist locks which this Sunpak has. If the lock type isn't an issue then add another star.

                    If your looking for a lightweight/carbon fiber, sturdy monopod that won't break the bank ...the Sunpak is hard to beat.

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                    • No

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Very light and convenient

                    By Xenos1963

                    from Fremont, CA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Weak Clamps

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Sunpak Pro 724M Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                    I have been using this for the last week and have had an opportunity to shoot some nature and some dance performances.

                    Overall i am happy with how light this one is. I have not even realized that i have a monopod in my carrying case.

                    Then only downside i see to this - clamps are the screw type and it makes it very difficult to alter the height quickly. Often times, the Camera itself screws off instead of a portion of the leg clamp. If you are in a hurry do not use this.

                    My Bigma while on a nature shoot was stable and i had the time to adjust the height. IN a dimly lit auditorium, the dance recital was a different story. Everytime i tried to readjust the height, i had to take some time and as such lost some crucial shots. Thought for a moment - will shoot without the monopod, but the Bigma and the very low light made it difficult.

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                    4.0

                    Inexpensive lightweight monopod

                    By dylanjin

                    from New York, NY

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Lightweight
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Unstable Joints

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Sunpak Pro 724M Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                    Great for light gear, but for heavier cameras and camcorders, you'll feel a bit of flex along the joints. The monopod is really light for shooting on the go but for my purposes, a Steadicam Merlin was a better fit.

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                    3.0

                    Nice and light, but not too strong

                    By Nicmo

                    from Idaho

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Lightweight
                    • Opens Quickly

                    Cons

                    • Weak Clamps

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Sunpak Pro 724M Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                    This product is great! it is very nice and very light. But the material is not the strongest. I like it and use it a lot but i recommend treating it nicely or it might break.

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                    5.0

                    To sport my Nikon D3X and the Nikon Lens

                    By Rashid

                    from State Of Qatar

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Lightweight
                    • Opens Quickly
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Portraits
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Sunpak Pro 724M Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                      This is the sort of mono pod I always wanted to accompany abroad to use with my Nikon D3X and my Nikon 70-200MM F2.8 VR zoom lens for my street portrait work

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                      5.0

                      Superb monopod for its price

                      By Basil1

                      from Corning, NY

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Lightweight
                      • Opens Quickly
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Night Shots
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Sunpak Pro 724M Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                        I am advanced amateur. I already have Manfrotto tripod and was looking for monopod.
                        I went to B and H store to choose one. I was not really concerned too much about the price. After looking at all floor models I decided why should I buy carbon Gitzo when almost the same carbon Sunpak costs much less? So far I am completely satisfied with this product.

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                        5.0

                        Terrific for travel

                        By TMc

                        from Santa Cruz, CA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Lightweight
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Not for heavy primes

                        Best Uses

                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Sunpak Pro 724M Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                        A great bang for buck! Rugged, lightweight, reliable. It has proved excellent for travel. Used with my D3 w/300 mm on a consistent basis for w/o problems. Surprisingly sturdy. Price-point assures I won't lose any sleep should problems arise.

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                        5.0

                        I would buy this product again

                        By Mike

                        from New Bern, NC

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Lightweight
                        • Opens Quickly
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Travel

                          Comments about Sunpak Pro 724M Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                          Light weight, locking leg, perfect for travel.

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