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ObenACM-1400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod
 
4.7

(based on 146 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (106)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (38)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (110)
  • Lightweight (105)
  • Strong construction (59)
  • Opens quickly (54)
  • Easy to use (53)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (75)
  • Travel (67)
  • Landscape/scenery (55)
  • Wildlife (33)
  • Weddings (29)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (64), Semi-pro photographer (32), Casual photographer (15), Pro photographer (14), Photography student (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (115), Yes (12)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Versatile and handy

I purchased this monopod to use while taking wildlife photo's on long walks instead of a heavier, bulkier tripod. With practice it adds almost as much stability as a tripod and is much easier...Read complete review

I purchased this monopod to use while taking wildlife photo's on long walks instead of a heavier, bulkier tripod. With practice it adds almost as much stability as a tripod and is much easier to carry. It is cleverly engineered to make switching between both bolt sizes quick and easy. Although it is useful without a ball head, it is much easier to use with one. The Oben micro ballhead (BD-0) is a bit small and hard to adjust if the large base plate is left on, but works well with the plate removed.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A little too lightweight

Feels a little cheap once you get a body and telephoto lens on. COuld be good for traveling because its very skinny and light weight. But if you want a sturdy monopod I'd upgrade...Read complete review

Feels a little cheap once you get a body and telephoto lens on. COuld be good for traveling because its very skinny and light weight. But if you want a sturdy monopod I'd upgrade to something a little beffier.

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5.0

A worthy/sturdy monopod!

By detroitdj

from Detroit, MI

Verified Buyer

Comments about Oben ACM-1400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod:

Sturdy, firm, tough and light.

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4.0

Lighten your load

By Deck Hand

from Whidbey Island, Wa

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Oben ACM-1400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod:

    The ACM-1400 Oben monopod does a dandy job of supporting the load of my Nikon D-7100 and 500mm lens. That combined weight is just over 6 lbs and it does get tiring holding it on a distant subject after a while. The monopod provides great stability for steady zoomed in shots. You can easily pick up the camera to track a subject with the monopod still attached. That's how I caught the attached image of the Bald Eagle bringing home the groceries.
    The unexpected benefit of this monopod is that you can throw it over your shoulder with the camera attached (like an ax) making the camera a lot easier to carry. The only thing that disappointed me was the tag on the monopod stated that the clamp tension could be adjusted with a small screw on each clamp lever. Mine has no such adjustment, 4 stars not 5.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Wow

    By Jones

    from South dakota

    Comments about Oben ACM-1400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod:

    Excellent construction! Light and yet sturdy

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    5.0

    Aluminum Monopod

    By Eliezer Plaza

    from Puerto Rico

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Oben ACM-1400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod:

      Easy to use. Very light but strong construction

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      5.0

      Good Product

      By chatty

      from Kentucky

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Oben ACM-1400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod:

        Never realized a monopod would make this much difference. Use with a 500mm lens to shoot my grand kids sports. Well built and light. Fit into a carry on bag.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Lightweight yet durable

        By M by M

        from Neenah, WI

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Oben ACM-1400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod:

          Use with my Nikon D7100 with zoom lens for nature photography.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Easy to use and takes Manffroto heads.

          By Ryanphoto

          from LaGrange, IL

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Oben ACM-1400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod:

            I have not used it yet but it seems durable and I didn't need to purchase a Oben head. Also you can't beet the price.

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            5.0

            Surprising quality for the price

            By M. Yates

            from Southern California

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Oben ACM-1400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod:

              I was looking for a monopod for an upcoming European vacation, and wanted quality but didn't want to spend too much in case I accidentally leave it somewhere and it doesn't make the trip home. But most importantly, I needed something that could support the weight of my rig, which weighs roughly 8 lbs. and consists of a Canon 70D and a Tamron 150-600mm lens. So right off the bat, I eliminated all of the sub-$ monopods, as they don't support that much weight.Thankfully, I stumbled across the Oben ACM-1400 monopod.In reading the reviews, I was shocked that there were NO 1-star reviews. Only two 3-star and the remaining 136 are 4-star or better. Right off the bat, that made me feel that this was the monopod for me.While I haven't yet taken it on vacation to put it to the true test, just using it around the house and outside, I can tell I made the right choice.As others have said, it is lightweight, but it feels very sturdy, so I'm not fearful it collapsing during use. The manufacturer says that it will support a whopping 17 lbs, which is more than double what most budget monopods will handle.The hand strap is very "handy" as it has a clip to attach it to a belt or backpack when not in use.It was very simple to reverse the mounting screw to fit my camera, and I very much appreciate the fact that they included an extra allen wrench, in case the one strapped to the leg gets lost somewhere.I also love the height. I'm 5'10" and my wife is 5'5", and this is perfect for both of us, as it adjusts easily.So if you're looking for quality monopod without breaking the bank, look no further and pick up this little gem!

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              4.0

              Does the job.

              By Sam the Man

              from East Coast, fam.

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action

                Comments about Oben ACM-1400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod:

                Let's be honest: how complicated can a monopod be? It extends. It retracts. This specific model has a mounting bolt that unlocks and can flip to another size (I assume for mounting a quick release plate) which is nice. It is durable and feels like it will last. The only downside is that I wish it was easier to adjust height on. Sometimes I have to fiddle to find the right height so that the camera isn't tilting and I'm not smashing my face trying to see into the viewfinder.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Lighter than a tripod

                By Jack

                from Galway,NY

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Oben ACM-1400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod:

                  Works really well. A lot easier to carry in the wetlands then a tripod.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great Product

                  By DRW

                  from Chicago, IL

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel

                    Comments about Oben ACM-1400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod:

                    Study construction and light weight.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    great product for price

                    By birdman

                    from saugatuck mi.

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Oben ACM-1400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod:

                        great lightweight and sturdy

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        meets my need but.

                        By SLMpoto

                        from West Michigan

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use

                        Cons

                        • Bulky

                        Best Uses

                        • Sports/Action

                        Comments about Oben ACM-1400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod:

                        Used occasionally for sporting events.
                        Liked for what it does, keeps camera steady, provides support needed for long photo shoots, and relatively easy to maneuver.
                        Expected it to be less bulky, handle strap is too long results gripping too low when trying to utilize strap to stablize monopod, and whom wants to have this hang off your belt or camera bag banging into things.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Works like a champ

                        By Brett

                        from Nashville, TN

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Sports/Action
                          • Video

                          Comments about Oben ACM-1400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod:

                          This a great product. Use as described or use as a stabilizer.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          I would recommend this product to others

                          By the adviser

                          from Latexo, TX

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Sports/Action
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Oben ACM-1400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod:

                            This product is lightweight as promised. It is easily adjusted to various heights. Carrying case is easily handled. Camera was easy to attach.

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                            • Yes

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                            5.0

                            Like it says: lightweight and sturdy

                            By Gordon the Birder

                            from Santa Rosa, CA

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Durable
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • No Retractable Tip

                            Best Uses

                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel
                            • Video

                            Comments about Oben ACM-1400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod:

                            I use the monopod with my Lumix GH3 with 100-300mm lens. I shoot a lot of video out in nature, so am frequently focusing on a bird that is moving. The way I used to do it, setting up a tripod, takes more time, though it is the most sturdy. This monopod, however, is a happy medium, fast setup, lightweight, easy to adjust, and it removes the worst of the camera shake when shooting HD video, which is almost impossible trying to do handheld. The only thing I don't use is the wrist strap, as I need both hands on the camera and lens. It is easy to remove.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            worth every penny

                            By mt photographer

                            from Middle of Nowhere, Montana

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Durable
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Sports/Action
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Oben ACM-1400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod:

                              I used this to shoot a race. It is easy to carry, sturdy and you feel comfortable with your camera, battery pack grip and 70-200 attached. I am so happy I purchased this product, it saved my arms and my upper back from holding my camera for hours on end.

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Needed a steady hand.

                              By G'Pa

                              from Colorado

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Durable
                              • Easy to Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Sports/Action
                                • Travel

                                Comments about Oben ACM-1400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod:

                                Use for action pics.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • Yes

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                                5.0

                                Don't judge a product by it's weight!

                                By U4ea

                                from Detroit, MI

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Durable
                                • Easy to Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Travel
                                  • Wildlife Photos

                                  Comments about Oben ACM-1400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod:

                                  The Oben ACM-1400 is a great monopod! I have a heavy lens and camera combo. Then lens alone weighs 3.2 lbs and the Oben handles it and the camera with ease. The monopod weighs about a pound and will support 17.6 lbs. Nice and sturdy and well made. I highly recommend it.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  ACM-1400 Monopod sturdy and affordable.

                                  By WendyB

                                  from Williamsburg, VA

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy to Use

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Family Photos
                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Weddings/Events
                                    • When Using A Long Lens
                                    • Wildlife Photos

                                    Comments about Oben ACM-1400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod:

                                    I am a professional photographer and do a lot of work in the field. I'm getting a little older, a little less strong, and a little less steady. Using a monopod allows me to use a long lens and keep it steadier than I cold hand held. I also took the flip plate off of my flash bracket and put it on the monopod so I can take vertical photographs easily as well. The only drawback is that I can't be as fast with a monopod as I can handheld.

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                                    • No

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