Benro A48FDS6 Series 4 Aluminum Monopod with 3-Leg Locking Base and S6 Video Head

Benro A48FDS6 Series 4 Aluminum Monopod with 3-Leg Locking Base and S6 Video Head

Benro A48FDS6 Series 4 Aluminum Monopod with 3-Leg Locking Base and S6 Video Head

B&H # BEA48FDS6 MFR # A48FDS6
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Product Highlights

  • Load Capacity: 13.2 lb
  • Max Height: 69.1"
  • Closed Length: 26.6"
  • Sections: 4
  • Weight: 5.5 lb
  • S6 Video Head
  • Quick Release Plate, 3-Leg Locking Base
  • Flip Locks
  • Carrying Case Included
  • Includes SuperUser Group Membership
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Maximum Height: 69.1"

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Load Capacity: 13.2 lb

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Benro A48FDS6 overview

  • 1Description

This Benro A48FDS6 Series 4 Aluminum Monopod includes the 3-Leg Locking Base and S6 Video Head to give you a versatile still or video camera support system. Able to hold up to 13.2 lb and extend to 69.1", the removable base provides three solid points of contact with the ground, and acts like a mini tripod. A ball joint on the base allows you to smoothly pan and tilt your camera, and it can be locked so that you can pan with the head independently.

The base can be replaced with the included rubber foot for standard monopod use. The four leg sections are secured by flip locks, and it folds down to 26.6" for transport in the included carrying case. The S6 is a compact video head with 360° rotation, a posi-step counterbalance system, and variable tilt drag control. There are separate pan and tilt lock levers, and a sliding quick release plate helps to balance the camera.

  • S6 Video Head

    Weighing just 2.6 lb, the Benro S6 Video Head is a compact video head capable of supporting cameras weighing up to 13.2 lb. The posi-step counterbalance system has four settings of 0.0, 4.4, 9.9 and 13.2 lb. The S6 has 360° panning rotation and variable tilt drag for smooth camera moves. There are separate pan and tilt lock levers for locked-off shots.

    The sliding quick release (QR) plate helps balance the camera, and the head comes with a safety lock for the QR plate. The S6 video head accepts 501PL compatible QR plates, making it easy to find spares or replacements.

    The illuminated bubble level, with included CCR1220 battery, helps level the S6 in the dark. The adjustable pan handle can be mounted on either side of the S6 head using the built-in mounting rosettes. The S6 can be mounted onto ball adapters, tripods, and other camera supports via the 3/8"-16 threaded female receiver on the magnesium alloy flat base.

  • A48FD Series 4 Aluminum Monopod with 3-Leg Locking Base

    Reap the benefits of a monopod with the stability of a tripod using the Benro A48FD Series 4 Aluminum Monopod with 3-Leg Locking Base. Able to hold up to 44.1 lb and extend to 64.6", the A48FD Series 4 is a versatile camera support thanks to its base which provides three solid points of contact with the ground. The base acts like a mini tripod, and its ball joint allows you to smoothly pan and tilt your camera. If using a pan head on the monopod, the base's ball joint can be locked so that you can pan with the head independently, or you can replace the base with the included rubber foot. The four leg sections are secured by flip locks, and it folds down to 22" for transport.

  • 3-Leg Locking Base For Monopods

    Add stability to your monopod with the Benro 3-Leg Locking Base. It attaches to any monopod with a 3/8"-16 female thread on its foot. The base allows for smooth pan and tilt movements due to a ball joint that can be locked with a wingnut-style locking knob.

In the Box
Bundle Items
  • CR1220 Battery
  • BS04 Pan Bar Handle
  • QR6 Quick Release Plate
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty, Extendable to 5 Years with Registration
  • 3-Leg Locking Base For Monopods
  • Rubber Foot
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty, Extendable to 5 Years with Online Registration
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty, Extendable to 5-Year with Online Registration

Also Includes

  • Quick Release Plate
  • Carrying Case
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty, Extendable to 5 Years with Online Registration
Table of Contents
  • 1Description
  • S6 Video Head
    Camera Plate
    Camera Plate Features Sliding Balance Plate, Quick Release
    Camera Plate Type QR6
    Camera Mounting Screw 1 x 1/4"-20
    1 x 3/8"-16
    Tripod Platform
    Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread
    Pan & Tilt
    Drag Control Pan: Continuous
    Vertical Tilt -75 to +90
    Panning Range 360
    Independent Pan Lock Yes
    Independent Tilt Lock Yes
    Physical
    Load Capacity 13.2 lb / 6 kg
    Counter Balance Incremental 3-Step Plus 0 (0 to 13.2 lb / 0 to 6 kg)
    Bubble Level 1 x Illuminated
    Base Diameter 2.76" / 70 mm
    Operating Temperature -4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
    Dimensions 4.5" / 115 mm
    Weight 2.6 lb / 1.2 kg
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.6 x 8.0 x 6.0"
  • A48FD Series 4 Aluminum Monopod with 3-Leg Locking Base
    Monopod Head
    Camera Mounting Screw 1/4"-20 Male, 3/8"-16 Male
    Leg
    Leg Lock Type Flip Lock
    Leg Sections 4
    General
    Load Capacity 44.1 lb / 18 kg
    Maximum Working Height 64.6" / 164.0 cm
    Folded Length 22" / 56 cm
    Materials Aluminum Alloy
    Weight 2.4 lb / 0.9 kg
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    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 24.0 x 3.0 x 3.0"
  • 3-Leg Locking Base For Monopods
    Maximum Height 2.4" (6.1 cm)
    Folded Length 5.5" (14 cm)
    Thread Size Male, 3/8"-16
    Weight 12.8 oz (363 g)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.0 x 3.5 x 3.0"

Benro A48FDS6 reviews

A48FDS6 Series 4 Aluminum Monopod with 3-Leg Locking Base and S6 Video Head is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 30.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A travelers favorite piece of equipment People who have written or have poor opinions of this monopod are one of two things, Spoiled brats and only worked with overpriced gear or they have literally no idea how a monopod is supposed to operate. This monopod, replaced my manfrotto one (because its heavier, it has worse performance and was literally double the price of this one) I spend more than 60% of my year on the road, so I like to travel light with gear that has the highest amount of production value for the dollar. I shoot with heavy DSLR's and optics along with a C100 MKII. This hands down is my favorite piece of equipment.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bento Monopod I'm a professional videographer. One of my clients frequently produces live events outdoors which requires a lot of run and gun shooting. I reluctantly use a DSLR for much of the coverage., and providing a stable, yet nimble platform is always a challenge. I first noticed the Benro A48FDS6 at a gear expo in LA. I was impressed with the stability, smooth operation and features at a few less dollars compared to a comprable other brand. In my first two day live event shooting with the Benro, it met or exceeded all of my expectations for stability, portability, and set-up ease.
Date published: 2015-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great monopod Really enjoy using this monopod. So far I've used it to capture video of a large event and recording footage for a house for sale. It's a lot faster than using a tripod. Make sure camera is balanced well - heavier gear will move around a bit with this head. The feet are great, but you have to get used to them, either locking or allowing them to move. I can't compare to Manfrotto's monopod, but this was worth every penny in my book. Only reason I'm giving it 4 stars is I think the fluid head could have one additional setting to be a bit stiffer.
Date published: 2015-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beefy and Strong This is a very well constructed, Beefy, monopod with sturdy folding feet and flip locks that allow quick extension and retraction. The base locks relatively securely, but since it is a monopod, there is still some unsteadiness, so do not expect motion-free panning and tilting when using the fluid head that comes with it. I would NOT stand it on a cliff start the camera running and then walk away from it. When using it, the operator needs to stay within reach of it just in case the wind or something else decides to topple it. Remember to be safe out there! Better the monopod and camera go over the cliff than you.
Date published: 2016-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderful monopod, surprisingly robust i just used it on a 2 weeks documentary production that was all over the place, lots of exteriors and people talking for a long time. Most of the time it carried admirably a C300 with a 70-200 2.8 which is far from being a lightweight setup. the monopod itself is very sturdy, smooth to operate and gets pretty high. It is a lot more convenient than my older Came-TV monopod which also fills so flimsy in comparison to the Benro. The head is also surprisingly well built and although naturally it can'r just hold and balance a C300 and 70-200 on it by itself, i managed to operate it with ease and it responded very well and was crucial in getting stable shots for long periods of time. Tilting with that kind of weight is not as smooth as it will be with reasonable load so most of the time i locked the tilt when i got into position and if i needed to adjust the frame a bit i would take the entire monopod backwards or lean it forward when i could. Again, it made its voyage with great success as far as i'm concerned. Great product.
Date published: 2015-10-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nearly a great product I am new to video but have shots stills for decades. Initial short projects with my GH4 confirmed that I needed a run and gun support - you just can't handhold a DSLR in video mode. After watching Mia McCormack's round-up of four or five video monopods (B&H), I chose the Benro. The combination of the A48 monopod and the S6 head is terrific. It is just the right size and weight to inspire confidence. While it lacks variable drag on the pan axis, smooth panning is easy to achieve. There is variable drag on the tilt axis and of course a variable counterbalance control. In addition there is the 15 degrees or so of tilt in any direction achieved by loosening the red position lock just above the three fold-out feet. It even comes with a quite nice padded bag. So why four stars? In short, the documentation. I had some issues with the quick release plate locking knob. The GH4 is not a large camera but the position at which the knob actually locked the QR plate was fouling the underside of the camera. I unscrewed it completely and then screwed it back in hoping I'd get lucky with the final locking position, but to no avail. In among the various tools that come with the monopod instructions (the S6 video head instructions are separate) is a tiny hex wrench that allows you to lock the QR plate and then adjust the orientation of the QR plate locking knob to keep it away from the camera. This is not covered anywhere in the documentation for either the head or monopod. The monopod instructions do explain how to adjust the tension on the flip locks for the leg sections. This could lead someone to believe that all the tools in that particular plastic bag relate to the monopod rather than the video head. There is also a small spring-loaded pin at the front (lens end) of the QR plate. I removed it as it was set to damage the underside of the lens. So now, with these issues resolved, I have a five star product.
Date published: 2015-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good value! Very useful monopod. Small legs at bottom can stabilize. The horizontal panning is OK, but the head is a little funny on the vertical panning: the counterweight setting has limited effectiveness and with a heavy lens can let the camera creep downwards, and the vertical panning isn't very smooth. But for the price, and to carry a heavy DSLR video rig for you, I find this mooned very functional and well designed, as well as aestically pleasing, with good materials and construction (expect the head which is entry level, but functional).
Date published: 2015-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Impressive I took this thing through the jungle for multiple shoots with a GH4/Shogun setup. It's light enough for me, quite versatile and durable. It helped me keep all my shots super smooth and steady. Almost went for the Manfrotto equivalent, but I'm glad I could save some cash for what I'm sure is an equal product.
Date published: 2015-02-22
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