Oben CTM-2500 5-Section Carbon Fiber Monopod

Oben CTM-2500 5-Section Carbon Fiber Monopod

Oben CTM-2500 5-Section Carbon Fiber Monopod

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Product Highlights

  • Load Capacity: 26 lb
  • Max Height: 65"
  • Closed Length: 17.3"
  • Sections: 5
  • Weight: 1.05 lb
  • 6x Carbon Fiber Construction
  • Twist Locks & Anti-Rotation Shaft
  • Retractable Spike in Foot
  • Wrist Strap with Belt Clip
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Configuration: Monopod Only

Monopod Only With VH-R2 Tilt Head

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Oben CTM-2500 overview

  • 1Description

The Oben CTM-2500 5-Section Carbon Fiber Monopod is an extremely lightweight yet sturdy one-legged camera support that enables you to capture steady shots without needing to carry or set up a full tripod. The monopod has an anti-rotation shaft, so its twist locks can be disengaged all at once to deploy each leg stage instantly, making setup a breeze. Maximum height is 65", which facilitates comfortable operation for almost all users.

The CTM-2500 is composed of 6x carbon fiber to achieve its light weight, while ensuring its stability. It can bear loads up to 26 lb, so you can mount any DSLR camera with almost any lens, a point & shoot model, or even a full-sized camcorder.

For fine control over camera orientation, you can also attach a head to the monopod's reversible 3/8"-16 & 1/4"-20 mounting screw. Three set screws underneath the collar enable you to fasten the head securely to the plate. An Allen key is included & attached to the top leg section, so you're always ready to make adjustments.

The five-section monopod collapses to just 17.3", so you can stow it in almost any carry-on bag. At only 1.05 lb, it's the perfect travel companion – lightweight, compact, and simple to operate – but highly capable and ready in an instant to help you capture the perfect shot.

Reversible 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16 screw for mounting any camera or head
Metal spike emerges from rubber foot, for extra stability in grass, gravel, and other loose terrain
Foam grip protects your camera by ensuring that your grip doesn't slip
For a second line of security and more stable shooting, wrap the attached strap snugly around your wrist
Wrist strap features belt clip for convenient hands-free carrying
UPC: 847628014664
In the Box
Oben CTM-2500 5-Section Carbon Fiber Monopod
  • Allen Key
  • Dust Bag
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Oben CTM-2500 specs

    Monopod Head
    Camera Mounting Screw 1/4"-20 Male, 3/8"-16 Male
    Leg
    Leg Lock Type Twist Lock
    Leg Sections 5
    General
    Load Capacity 26 lb / 11.8 kg
    Maximum Working Height 65" / 165.1 cm
    Folded Length 17.3" / 43.9 cm
    Materials Carbon Fiber
    Weight 1.05 lb / 470 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 20.5 x 3.1 x 3.1"

    Oben CTM-2500 reviews

    CTM-2500 5-Section Carbon Fiber Monopod is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 164.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very Disappointed I bought this for a three week vacation. It broke the third time that I used it. One of the sections came free of the twist lock and a broken plastic piece fell out. Unable to secure the section with the twist lock after that. Great looking for a rock or railing to rest it on for the remainder of my vacation. Contacted Oben for warranty service ... will see what happens. Sad part is I have to pay for labor and the postage, both ways, to have it fixed. No more Oben products for me.
    Date published: 2015-09-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from As good or better Can not say enough about this Monopod, it is as good or better than those twice it's price. I use this with my 5d mark iii and a 70-200mm and x2 multiplier and get fantastic shots with it. It is extrememly well built and solid. The ring locks are fantastic and provide a very strong stable lock. The legs do not rotate at all so this provides for a excellent smooth extension and retraction of the leg sections. It is exteamly light, but of thick walled carbon fiber, verty rigid and is very compact when completely closed. I highly recommend this monopod.
    Date published: 2014-10-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well Worth It I use this mainly for sports with a Canon 6D and a Canon 7DII with a Canon 70-200 Lens. I always thought most people were using monopods just to support the weight of the camera and lens. I thought since I was shooting mostly sports outside with shutter speeds over 1/500 of a sec. that camera shake was not really an issue. I was wrong. Having a monopod to help steady the camera, even with shutter speeds of 1/1000th of a second and higher, especially when using the 2.0III extender, really does help with sharpness. This monopod is very light and it is very nice having it support basically all of the weight of the camera and lens.
    Date published: 2015-03-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great monopod at any cost I use this monopod primarily for shooting wildlife (Sandhill Cranes with a 400mm lens) and for videoing my kids school programs. My primary consideration for a monopod was that it be tall enough for me to use without bending over (64) while still collapsing as short as possible for storage and travel, all without breaking the bank. Weighing almost nothing was a convenient side effect (glad I went with carbon fiber). This little guy does it all! I use it with a small Velbon ball head that I already owned. I first used it to support my 400mm lens when shooting Sandhill Cranes at sunrise/set, and it was a godsend. It allowed me flexibility of motion without killing my arm and causing camera shake. Only a tripod+gimbal head would be better (but far more expensive). I also use it a lot to record shake-free video of my kids' school programs. The monopod stands easily between my feet and supports the camera at the ideal height while I'm seated near the front. No more hiding at the back of the room with my tripod. The short collapsed length makes transporting it in & out of a crowded auditorium a piece of cake. I was a little worried about buying an new, unknown brand (Oben), but the longer I waffled, the more shining reviews started to trickle in. The first copy I received had one (of four) defective twist locks. The shaft would rotate along with the lock, and something rattled inside. Fortunately, I wasn't in a hurry, and B&H replaced it with no hassle. The new copy works flawlessly, and all the twist locks are smooth and firm. My only complaint (if you can call it that) is that the little storage bag that comes with it is literally 50% longer than the monopod. It's apparently a generic bag used for several models. It's very thin, and really won't protect it from anything except dust. I only use it when storing the pod on the shelf. I suppose it would also be nice if the wrist strap could be easily detached, because it's large and I rarely use it. The belt clip is nice to have once in a while if I don't have my larger camera bag with me.
    Date published: 2012-07-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect in all ways I shoot a lot of events, including various youth sports. I have been using an older aluminum Manfrotto with the flip locks. It was a solid mono-pod but too long when collapsed. After researching a variety of products through B&H, I settled on the CTM-2500. The unit is extremely light and collapses to about 17 inches. I am 6'1 and was concerned about height when standing. Combined with a Manfrotto 496RC2 ball head, I can stand straight up and still not have the monopod fully extended. For sports I shoot a Canon 7DMKii with a Tamron 150-600. The set-up is balanced very nicely and has no tendency to become unstable. The twist locks are very secure and smooth, the finish is pro quality, and the included foot spike is a nice addition. I refrained from writing this review until I had some use at a few events. I have no complaints and would buy this again.
    Date published: 2015-10-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Didn't know I was carrying it I use a Canon 400mm @ f2.8 that weighs over 11 lbs. I recently ditched an old monopod for the Oben 2500 carbon fiber monopod. Wish I had done it a long time ago. VERY light....VERY easy to adjust. One side advantage....it doesn't transfer the cold to my hands the way my aluminum monopod did. Love it !
    Date published: 2012-03-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice camera support I wanted a solid but lightweight monopod for photography and video, primarily for my Canon 70D with battery pack and often shooting a 70-200 F4. This looked like a good one based on other reviews. Upon arrival, I was pleased with the solid construction and compact size. I did note that it's heavier than I might have expected for carbon fiber - it's not a featherweight. But it's certainly lighter than a tripod! I added the Oben tilt head, so that another few ounces, but lets me shoot vertical, too. I'm happy with how solidly it locks. And it looks good! Feels like a pro piece, even at a relative bargain price.
    Date published: 2015-06-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Never too tall Purchased a Manfrotto 290 Extra tripod that does all I need so purchased a 290 aluminum monopod to replace my much heavier Bogen 3016. The monopod came with a pre-bent bottom section that would drag extending of collapsing it. Straightened it out but still did it. Returned it. Saw the listing for the Oben, read reviews online and purchased it. It is light! It is just over 17 when collapsed and extends to 65! I never used a wrist strap with a monopod and this gave me an option. Removed the tripod head (This is why so many have a problem mounting monopod heads.), the strap with the belt hook (The Jedi must have watched too much Star Wars and light sabers! You really want this hanging off your belt?), mounted my Manfrotto 234 RC monopod head with the 3/8 end and could not be happier. This bottom section will NOT bend, do not have to be concerned with aligning the releases and did I mention it is light? The grip is most comfortable with my large hands. Few mention this use of monopods and have been doing this since the 70's, use it to hold the camera to capture overhead shots or over a wall or cliff and with the Yonguo RF603C II switches don't need to look for an extended shutter release! And as for some recommending not to get a monopod that extends over you head, hogwash! I use the additional height frequently in uneven terrain, off curbs or steps and what is not needed is not extended. BTW, each section of this monopod is a bit longer then the one above it. The engineers actually utilized the space available to enable the 65 reach from such a compact monopod. For the price, material, compactness, height and did I mention it is light, do not hesitate. Well worth the money!
    Date published: 2015-11-09
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