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Manfrotto694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod
 
4.7

(based on 33 reviews)

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    (3)

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    (1)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (30)
  • Compact (28)
  • Strong construction (27)
  • Opens quickly (26)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Wildlife (21)
  • Sports/action (20)
  • Travel (19)
  • Landscape/scenery (18)
  • Night shots (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (15), Semi-pro photographer (6), Pro photographer (4), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (26)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Love this monopod

Use with 300mm and 200mm lens. My only complaint - after one week, 2 of the 3 rubber pieces on the top have come off as well as 1 of 3 rubber caps covering...Read complete review

Use with 300mm and 200mm lens. My only complaint - after one week, 2 of the 3 rubber pieces on the top have come off as well as 1 of 3 rubber caps covering the screws that tighten the monopod.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

flip locks kill this monopod

I used this monopod for about 4 years. Weight, size, speed of set up were fine. I always preferred flip locks for the legs vs twist locks. However, the flip locks on...Read complete review

I used this monopod for about 4 years. Weight, size, speed of set up were fine. I always preferred flip locks for the legs vs twist locks. However, the flip locks on this monopod were very hard to maintain due to dirt that got into mechanism. Cleaning very hard, need hex wrenches. As time went on, the flip locks became more difficult to flip open or closed, requiring adjustmentsI recently purchased a Gitzo for about $ on sale which uses twist locks. the new twist locks only take a short turn to lock unlock. Only time will tell if this holds up better than the Manfrotto which I have now "retired"

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5.0

Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod

By Ken the Photographer

from Brick, New Jersey

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Lightweight
  • Locks Hold Legs Tightly
  • Opens Quickly

Cons

  • Nothing

Best Uses

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

Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

Use this monopod to steady my shots when out in the field. It is sturdy and strong and the locks hold the legs from slipping.

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  • No

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5.0

Perfect for amateur photographer

By Walter

from Dallas, Tx

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Lightweight
  • Opens Quickly
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel

    Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

    The weight and telescope packing is absolutely perfect for airline travel. Use in the field is the kind of versatility needed when traveling. Easy setup and wide range of control.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Steady as fast tripod

    By Camera cradle support

    from Off the tripod and copy stand

    Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

    The fancy carbon fibre charcoal black.Feels much stronger than 11 lb. limit .Comparable to my Gitzo,less expensive and with clamps instead of twist locks.Mannesium castings and easy to use clamps make this a sweetie.Balance like a feather.Tho not as light as the Gitzo this monopod will be perfect for general use and save my Gitzo for the heavy stuff.So if you want a excellent pure carbon fibre support for SLR cameras this is great! Interesting top disc with rubber shock absorbers to connect to head.Since it is a Vitek it is a high class version of Gitzo twist g lock monopod but this has maybe a nylon lever lock.This is much better than my cheaper Manfrotto monopods,speed and strength put this over the topPerfect companion for a Manfrotto carbon fibre tripod.Quick release heads plates make for a system.

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    5.0

    Works great

    By Phottoguy

    from New Hampshire

    Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

    This was an additional purchase to supplement an older Manfrotto monopod which I still use. I wanted it for hiking and situations where weight is a factor I purchased a light weight head and everything works well.

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    1.0

    flip locks kill this monopod

    By uncle T

    from Portland, Maine

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Weak Clamps

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife

    Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

    I used this monopod for about 4 years. Weight, size, speed of set up were fine. I always preferred flip locks for the legs vs twist locks. However, the flip locks on this monopod were very hard to maintain due to dirt that got into mechanism. Cleaning very hard, need hex wrenches. As time went on, the flip locks became more difficult to flip open or closed, requiring adjustmentsI recently purchased a Gitzo for about $ on sale which uses twist locks. the new twist locks only take a short turn to lock unlock. Only time will tell if this holds up better than the Manfrotto which I have now "retired"

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    • No

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    3.0

    Solid Monopod

    By stevespassion

    from Eastern PA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Lightweight
    • Opens Quickly
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Tricky Screw Mount
    • Very Large Head Mounting

    Best Uses

      Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

      It's often hard to travel with a tripod since many public places will not let you use one...hence the opportunity for a monopod. Just like everything else that Manfrotto makes (I own two Manfrotto Tripods) this is well built. I love the carbon fiber for light weight (one of my tripods is carbon fiber and I love it). What I don't like about this monopod is the two-way screw mount for ¼' and ⅜" mounts and the very large size of the head plate mount to accommodate large heavy tripod heads. I would give this a 5-star rating for the build quality, not the overall usefulness.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Excellent Monopod

      By timazar

      from South Florida

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Lightweight
      • Opens Quickly
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Shots
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

        The 694CX is the perfect monopod for taller people (i'm 6'1"). Sturdy, light, and quickly collapses to a compact size for carrying.

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        5.0

        Robust, yet light

        By Photo Show Ho

        from Setauket, NY

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Lightweight
        • Opens Quickly
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

          Great for sports events and a good alternative to a tripod when it's not feasible to use one.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Everything you would want in a Monopod!

          By Shooter's Advocate

          from Conway, SC

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Lightweight
          • Opens Quickly
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

            Everything about this is a plus! I love this monopod & you will too when you get one!Works like a champ & I added the spike foot assembly that makes it flawless! The rubber/spike foot makes using this monopod in every condition an ease!The locks that extend the pod work great!The adjustable strap helps you retain your grasp when holding!

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            • Yes

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            4.0

            Lightweight

            By K

            from San Francisco, CA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Travel

              Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

              Super lightweight, nothing to hate about this. It doesn't open as quickly as Neotec line, but far more durable.

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              • No

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              5.0

              excellent product. highly recommendable

              By saggio

              from potomac MD

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Lightweight
              • Opens Quickly
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                very good quality, nice and cheap.

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                5.0

                Super light and amazingly rigid.

                By Bull

                from South Dakota

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Lightweight
                • Long Enough For Tall Guys
                • Opens Quickly
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                  The first thing I noticed when I received this monopod is how amazingly light and rigid it is. I have had several monopods in the past and they all had short comings. This is my first carbon fiber monopod and I wish I had purchased it sooner. This monopod also extends long enough for us tall guys to use. The only thing I would change would be to maybe put on a larger diameter foot. You can do this easily yourself as most hardware stores carry rubber feet for crutches and other items. If you are looking for a quality sturdy lightweight compact monopod with length for tall guys, this is the one. You will be very happy.

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                  5.0

                  Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod

                  By Old Goat

                  from Boulder, CO

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Lightweight
                  • Opens Quickly
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                    The monopod will be used to stabilize a 70-200mm lens coupled with a 1.4TC. This combination can be handheld, but the monopod definitely provides a sharper image. If you want to do bracketed exposures, for HDR for example, this monopod allowed me to make images that can be aligned. By contrast, some handheld bracketed images could not be aligned as the framing was too different. An HDR shot of the moon came out very sharp and actually slightly better than an image taken using a tripod (VR not used with tripod.) It can also be used as a support for panormas, again with very acceptable results. There is really no down side to this monopod. Good combination of light weight and stable support and typical excellent Manfrotto construction. I find their quick release leg extension quicker and easier to use than the twist type locks.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great product for a really great price !

                    By Birdbrain

                    from Tucson,Arizona.

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Manuever
                    • Lightweight
                    • Opens Quickly

                    Cons

                    • None yet

                    Best Uses

                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife
                    • Works Well Around Cactus

                    Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                    I have not had much chance to use this product yet but the first thing that really stood out when I took the monopod out of the box was the weight , It felt solid but so light !
                    The ease of movement when adjusting the leg sections was very smooth ,I have purchased other Manfrotto products in the past and I have been very satisfied and I hope that with the wear and tear I will put this monopod through while photographing in the Sonoran Desert where I live it will also stand the test of time. Using a tripod in the desert amongst the cactus is a real PAIN in more ways than one ,a monopod is much easier to set up and move around with while tracking wildlife.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Performs as expected

                    By Backroads

                    from Nevada

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Lightweight
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                      Lightweight and strong enough to support DSLR with 500mm lens and still allow me to lean on it for stability. Compact enough for travel.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great Monopod

                      By Big-O

                      from Lockport, IL

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Lightweight
                      • Opens Quickly
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                        When a tripod won't do, this it the next best thing.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Nice & light is right!!

                        By Shellyva

                        from VA Beach, VA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Lightweight
                        • Opens Quickly
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                          Finally after all these years I got a monopod that I hope to start using! Has great height, too and naturally like the latch on legs.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Sturdy and strong

                          By Benny

                          from Houston tx

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          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 Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                            Excellent choice for canon 60d.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Seems to be what I was looking for.

                            By Fotoking.

                            from Ventura, CA.

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Lightweight
                            • Opens Quickly
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Sports/Action
                              • Travel
                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                              Although I have not used it much so far (have not had it long), it is robust & lightweight & the lock clamps are great when one has Arthritis in the thumbs.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Fantastic, and super light

                              By Brian

                              from Canada

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Lightweight
                              • Opens Quickly
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                                  This is a super stable well built monopod. Solid engineering, clean machined edges, and super light.
                                  Excellent height range for sitting, kneeling, or standing and shooting.

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