The SBM-001 Stabilizing Base for Monopods from Robus screws into most monopods with a 3/8"-16 threaded socket and offers enhanced stability while shooting with a monopod. The three folding legs open and lock into place when it's time to shoot, then conveniently fold up along the monopod for easy transport. Nonslip rubber feet provide extra traction on slick surfaces like gym floors or pool decks. The integrated ball joint allows the camera to be swiveled and tilted without losing the advantage of the monopod's stability. The ball joint lock prevents the monopod from tilting under a heavy load for greater control and can lock to a fixed position for extra control and stability. The ball joint's friction control allows the base's flexibility to be adjusted to suit the weight of the camera and lens combination. The legs unlock with the push of a button for rapid deployment, then fold up along the monopod, adding only minimal length to the rig. When removed from the monopod, these lightweight legs fold up to a compact 6.3", so they'll easily fit into a gear bag, back pack, or even a jacket pocket.
- For Monopods with 3/8"-16 Socket Thread
- Adds Stability to Monopods
- Folding Legs for Convenient Transport
- Integrated Locking Ball-Joint
Robus SBM-001 Overview
Robus SBM-001 Specs
|Material of Construction||Aluminum|
|Height||3.1" / 7.9 cm|
|Folded Length||6.3" / 16 cm|
|Weight||1.15 lb / 521.6 g|
|Package Weight||1.35 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||7.4 x 3.7 x 3.4"|
Robus SBM-001 Reviews
Solid Robus quality as usual
I purchased this base to use with the five section Robus monopod. Fit, finish and function are all excellent. The one thing I didn't care for was learning that the knurled locking ring is some type of plastic. Hopefully it will hold up over time. But the main reason for this review is to discuss what others have mentioned about how stiff the ball movement was. It's very stiff as received and that was a concern. Until I read the included instructions and realized that the rubber foot under the three legs is a tensioning device for the ball swivel. A slight adjustment with that and voila, perfectly adjustable ball tension! Bottom line, this appears to be a well built and thought out design. I can't wait to spend time with it in the field.
It won't replace your tripod, but..........
No, this isn't meant to turn your monopod into a tripod. But when you're traveling extremely weight-restricted (Africa, for example) and are carrying a monopod regardless, this little guy can possibly allow you to leave your tripod at home. I did just that last time I went on a safari, and it worked out great. With the monopod at the shortest extension, my body blocking the wind, a remote shutter, and a prayer, I shot some perfectly-sharp pictures of the night sky. Of course not every shot was tack-sharp. Of course you have less placement options. Of course it takes a bit more effort than a normal tripod. But was it good enough that I didn't regret leaving the tripod at home? You betcha. As far as the more typical usage, I was very pleased with that as well. It's easy to deploy, makes your life easier when shooting off a monopod, and folds up nice and neat. It has a bit of heft to it, which I found to be a nice counterbalance to the camera on the other hand. It made the entire rig a bit easier to move around and reposition. I found the ball-tightening to be a bit finicky, but once it was set I just kept it that way and never thought about it again. Overall, I find this to be a fantastic addition to any monopod setup. [I have received this product in exchange for my honest review]
Well worth it
Robus is killing it! I ordered this to go with my Robus monopod and the build quality is excellent. Easy to install & use. I also have a Robus tripod and I can honestly say all the Robus gear is excellent quality at a good price.
Best base for monopod
I bought this to pair with the Robus monopod 439. Very solid and sturdy legs. Also I like the ability to swivel once mounted and can fold up when moving around.
Good addition to the Manfrotto Element monopod
I ordered this and was a little frustrated to find it did not fit the threads on the bottom of the Manfrotto Element monopod (I should have researched a bit before ordering: the Element has a M8-12mm thread and the Robus has a standard 3/8# thread. Had to order the K&M Female 3/8 to Male M8 x 12mm Thread Adapter, which delayed my using it. Now have everything and it helps with stabilizing my A7Riii+ 200-600 G OSS zoom, when out hiking and I do not want to lug my Gitzo + Wimberley gimbal
The piece is extremely well made and appears to be quite durable. I had another unit that had built in rods for stabilizing that did not make me at ease for stability or weight accommodation. This add-on provides the opposite. It has beefy legs and allows for adjustment with the ball in the base. The additional base adjustments for varied terrain is also appreciated and is made of quality material. The unit in and of itself evokes confidence in stability and allows you to shot without concern for poor performance due to blurring by excessive movement.
Quality and sturdy
I purchased another monopod with built-in stabilizing base and ended up sending it back because it wasn't stable enough. This one by Robus is a much better design, better quality and definitely more stable. It's not a tripod but it does add some stability. As an added benefit, I can leave it off the Robus monopod when I'm doing a long hike in the backcountry and need to minimize weight.
Just what I needed
I bought this to pair with the Robus Monopod, so I could mount the Ronin S, and be able to have it stay up right, or be able to use it as a tripod on certain productions where I only want to bring the Ronin. It works well for exactly that. I am able to use the R5 on the Ronin S, and go from mobile ronin moves, to a tripod like setup. I was worried that it wouldn't sit still if I had it just standing there, but it does sit still. The build quality is nice, a really slick and sturdy design. The locking screen is smooth, and quick to spin, and the feet lock when pushed into the down position, and then you push a button and pull up to stow them away. Glad I bought this one, well worth the price vs others I've used (2).
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