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BenroA48F Classic Aluminum Monopod with S4 Head
 
4.6

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • High quality (15)
  • Lightweight (6)
  • Stylish (5)
  • Comfortable strap (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel (4)
    • Daily use (3)
    • Weddings (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Career (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (12), Personal (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (15)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great for Video

    I got this to replace my Manfrotto 561BHDV-1. The design is very similar to the Manfrotto however I personally like this one more. It's a solid build & doesn't stick or make...Read complete review

    I got this to replace my Manfrotto 561BHDV-1. The design is very similar to the Manfrotto however I personally like this one more. It's a solid build & doesn't stick or make cracking noises like the Manfrotto (so far). Another plus is that the head itself has a pan feature along with the base pan.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Heavy, Bulky, Cumbersome to use

    Video head is very sticky to insert and remove = aggravation and swearing; i.e. why is Benro torturing their customers in this way? This monopod is heavy and long - so long it...Read complete review

    Video head is very sticky to insert and remove = aggravation and swearing; i.e. why is Benro torturing their customers in this way? This monopod is heavy and long - so long it will not fit into a carryon bad when traveling by jet. So you need to put it in a checked bag and pay baggage fees. I also don't like the fact that out of the box this monopod will not stand upright - certain screws need to be located and tightened = more aggravation.

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    4.0

    great for the price

    By austin p.

    from staten island, ny

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • High Quality
    • Stylish

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Benro A48F Classic Aluminum Monopod with S4 Head:

        this is a great and less expensive alternative to the manfrotto which i already own but needed a second monopod so i went with this model. it has 99% of the functionality as the manfrotto with about 75% of the build quality at a much less expensive price point. still a great option though

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Pretty Good

        By Lauren

        from Austin, TX

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to use
        • High Quality
        • Sturdy

        Cons

        • Panning Not Very Smooth

        Best Uses

          Comments about Benro A48F Classic Aluminum Monopod with S4 Head:

          I'm a wedding videographer so a fluid-head monopod is one of my main equipment pieces.

          I love that this monopod is easy to extend, the feet are sturdy, and if you have a small lens on the camera it can sit on the monopod without tipping over (I wouldn't necessarily walk away from it but you can take your hand off the camera for a bit).

          The downfall is that the pan motion on the fluid-head isn't the smoothest and the that this monopod is a little on the heavier side. But other than that I love it!

          • Primary use:
          • Business
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Great Monopod

          By DougM

          from NC

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Benro A48F Classic Aluminum Monopod with S4 Head:

                Solid, well built product. Great value. Reasonable weight.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Love it!

                By reelthing

                from Colorado

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • High Quality
                • Lightweight
                • versatile
                • Versitle

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Documentary
                  • Traveling

                  Comments about Benro A48F Classic Aluminum Monopod with S4 Head:

                  I am making a documentary film with a lot of verité shooting and this monopod has been an amazing addition to my gear. I often have to leave my tripod behind but have found this monopod works fantastically for run and gun shooting. Won't leave home without it. I also really like the bag it came in.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Good video Monopod

                  By jkchan

                  from toronto

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good For Dslr Video
                  • High Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Running Errands

                    Comments about Benro A48F Classic Aluminum Monopod with S4 Head:

                    Great value for this Benro A48F Monopod, include bag / tools.. Only one things give 4 stars was the video head not smooth as manfrotto 701hdv does..

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Awesome Product Why pay more!

                    By NSPG

                    from Central Florida

                    About Me Career

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • High Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Benro A48F Classic Aluminum Monopod with S4 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.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Amazing!

                        By Wes

                        from PA

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • High Quality
                        • Lightweight
                        • Stylish

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Benro A48F Classic Aluminum Monopod with S4 Head:

                            I used both the Manfrotto and this Benro and this Benro is better and much cheaper! It is super smooth and nothing on it feels cheap or weak. Its built strong. Pros - Light, stable, quick to set up, smooth panning, great adjustable release plate. Cons- Haven't found any yet. Great Product!

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                            5.0

                            Great lightweight stabilization

                            By Leo

                            from Seattle, WA

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Comes With A Case
                            • High Quality
                            • Lightweight
                            • Smooth
                            • Smooth Movements
                            • Steady Base

                            Cons

                            • Squeaking Noise W Pans

                            Best Uses

                            • Documentary
                            • Traveling

                            Comments about Benro A48F Classic Aluminum Monopod with S4 Head:

                            This monopod is excellent for getting B-roll in a fast moving documentary setting. In my opinion, this is superior to the current manfrotto equivalent because the fluid head can pan, as well as the base whereas the manfrotto can only pan at the base. The only problem I had was a squeaking noise that could be heard while panning, but spraying WD-40 onto the top of the ballhead solved that immediately.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Can't go wrong!

                            By Moveeluvr

                            from New York

                            Pros

                            • High Quality
                            • Lightweight
                            • Stylish

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Benro A48F Classic Aluminum Monopod with S4 Head:

                                If you're reading this, you're probably wondering if you should buy the Benro or the Manfrotto. I did all the research I could, watched all the videos, read all the reviews. Ultimately, it came down to the fluid head action of the Benro. I haven't used the Manfrotto but an additional fluid movement feature made all the sense in the world. The construction quality is top notch. This thing is very, very well made. I didn't have an issue with the squeaky ball joint at the bottom but it's an easy fix if you do run into. The Manfrotto style plate also makes it a no risk investment. And the bag is a great classy touch. High quality. One of those things you really come to appreciate once you have it.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business
                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Great for tight places

                                By Videomaker

                                from Hamilton, New Zealand.

                                About Me Comfort-Oriented

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Good Walking Stick
                                • High Quality
                                • Lightweight
                                • Very Steady Platform

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Mobility
                                  • Tight Spaces

                                  Comments about Benro A48F Classic Aluminum Monopod with S4 Head:

                                  I used this mono pod for the first time at my nephews wedding. It took a few moments to get used to it before I managed to appreciate it's many advantages.
                                  I found it was a great advantage went I was videoing a group of people dancing where I was able to extend the legs and lift the camera up and over the heads of everyone and video the action and faces without getting in the way. I like it's portability especially while I am over seas as in this case. My SDLR with lens, view finder, and external mic gets a bit heavy and this Benro mono pod provides a good steady platform for the camera.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal
                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

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                                  3.0

                                  Heavy, Bulky, Cumbersome to use

                                  By PaulC

                                  from Sacramento

                                  About Me Practical

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Benro A48F Classic Aluminum Monopod with S4 Head:

                                        Video head is very sticky to insert and remove = aggravation and swearing; i.e. why is Benro torturing their customers in this way? This monopod is heavy and long - so long it will not fit into a carryon bad when traveling by jet. So you need to put it in a checked bag and pay baggage fees. I also don't like the fact that out of the box this monopod will not stand upright - certain screws need to be located and tightened = more aggravation.

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Personal

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                                        5.0

                                        Great Product | A few tips...

                                        By Taylor

                                        from California

                                        Pros

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Benro A48F Classic Aluminum Monopod with S4 Head:

                                              I shoot video as a hobby and had been researching monopods for a while because of their versatility.

                                              The build quality for this monopod is great. Very sturdy. Very solid. Very ergonomic. All in all it's a great product that I would recommend.

                                              A few observations after using it for an all day video shoot.

                                              1. Make sure to use the included allen wrench to tighten the ball joint that is part of the leg base. If it is too loose, the monopod will not stand on it's own.

                                              2. If you are using the monopod to simulate a crane-shot or tilt shot, make sure the legs are not deployed. While the ball joint provides nice range of motion, it was not enough at times and the pressure is then transferred onto the legs, which, when locked will inhibit your movement, or hyper-extended.

                                              My monopod was sent with a damaged screw - the one that connects the handle to the fluid head. I was unable to fully tighten down the screw because it was bent.

                                              Through the B&H chat option on their site, I was able to explain the situation. They initially asked me to send back the entire unit for a replacement. Since I needed it for a shoot, I asked if they could sent me a new handle (which comes with a new screw) since this was sold as a stand-alone accessory on their site. They gladly agreed and shipped the replacement handle that day. Pretty awesome service experience

                                              • Primary use:
                                              • Personal
                                              • Was this a gift?:
                                              • No

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                                              5.0

                                              Great Quality!

                                              By KBTfilms

                                              from Mount Bethel, PA

                                              Pros

                                              • Comfortable Strap
                                              • Easy To Adjust
                                              • Good Strap Length
                                              • High Quality

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Daily Use

                                                Comments about Benro A48F Classic Aluminum Monopod with S4 Head:

                                                Came very nicely packaged with no damage to the box or actual monopod. It comes with a very durable bag. I was very impressed when I held it and operated it. Very sturdy construction. I will be using this for a wedding, and I think it will be very helpful. Buy it!

                                                • Primary use:
                                                • Business
                                                • Was this a gift?:
                                                • No

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                                                5.0

                                                Great monopod

                                                By GastonGC

                                                from Dominican Republic

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Comfortable Strap
                                                • High Quality
                                                • Stylish

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Daily Use
                                                  • Traveling
                                                  • Weddings

                                                  Comments about Benro A48F Classic Aluminum Monopod with S4 Head:

                                                  Strong construction, nice features, the head could be better, but for that you have to buy the S6.
                                                  It comes in a great bag with all the things you may need.

                                                  Would buy again.

                                                  • Primary use:
                                                  • Business
                                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                                  • No

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                                                  5.0

                                                  My favorite tripod

                                                  By Bob from Milwaukee

                                                  from Milwaukee, WI

                                                  About Me Career, Classic, Practical

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Comfortable Strap
                                                  • Good Strap Length
                                                  • High Quality
                                                  • Lightweight

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Quick Shots
                                                    • Shooting In Crowds

                                                    Comments about Benro A48F Classic Aluminum Monopod with S4 Head:

                                                    I own a lot of video gear but this monopod/tripod is one of the coolest things I have. It is perfect for my Sony NX5U. I can take it anywhere and shoot steady video.

                                                    • Primary use:
                                                    • Business
                                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                                    • No

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Awesome!

                                                    By Jeff

                                                    from Ontario, Canada

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • High Quality
                                                    • Smooth Pan Head
                                                    • Sturdy

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Events
                                                      • Sports
                                                      • Traveling
                                                      • Weddings

                                                      Comments about Benro A48F Classic Aluminum Monopod with S4 Head:

                                                      This monopod is a workhorse. It feels exceptionally sturdy. I have experience with the similar mofrotto model and in my opinion this blows it out of the water. Excellent, stable shots without the need for a tripod. Very versatile. I'm extremely pleased.

                                                      • Primary use:
                                                      • Business
                                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                                      • No

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                                                      4.0

                                                      Great Monopod for Most Situations

                                                      By CoffeeIsMyBlood

                                                      from Quincy, IL

                                                      About Me Career, Modern

                                                      Pros

                                                      • High Quality
                                                      • Stylish

                                                      Cons

                                                        Best Uses

                                                        • Commuting
                                                        • Daily Use

                                                        Comments about Benro A48F Classic Aluminum Monopod with S4 Head:

                                                        I use this monopod to get quick shots when I need to move quickly. Being on a serious deadline and shooting television commercials primarily inside businesses, this compact option is masterful. Paired with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, I'm able to get in any space and move from shot to shot very quickly while getting a steady shot.

                                                        • Primary use:
                                                        • Business
                                                        • Was this a gift?:
                                                        • No

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                                                        4.0

                                                        Muy bueno

                                                        By Pakcun

                                                        from Guatemala

                                                        Comments about Benro A48F Classic Aluminum Monopod with S4 Head:

                                                        Buenos materiales bien construido. La verdad es que funciona y y cumple su propósito. Preferiría que fuera más estable y que resistiera más peso. Pero realmente funciona.

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                                                        4.0

                                                        Small, quick, fluid

                                                        By Marty

                                                        from South Africa

                                                        Comments about Benro A48F Classic Aluminum Monopod with S4 Head:

                                                        Great build quality, smaller than I imagined which is great and detachable fluid head. Struggle a bit with the plate but think I just need to get used to it

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                                                        5.0

                                                        Great Choice

                                                        By kramnhoj

                                                        from Honolulu

                                                        Comments about Benro A48F Classic Aluminum Monopod with S4 Head:

                                                        I was surprised how well built this monopod is. Everything works perfectly fine. No regrets on buying this one.. :)

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