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Manfrotto694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod
 
4.8

(based on 41 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (35)
  • Strong construction (33)
  • Compact (32)
  • Opens quickly (31)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Wildlife (26)
  • Sports/action (24)
  • Travel (24)
  • Landscape/scenery (22)
  • Night shots (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (17), Semi-pro photographer (8), Pro photographer (5), Casual photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (32)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Love this monopod

Use with 300mm and 200mm lens. My only complaint - after one week, 2 of the 3 rubber pieces on the top have come off as well as 1 of 3 rubber caps covering...Read complete review

Use with 300mm and 200mm lens. My only complaint - after one week, 2 of the 3 rubber pieces on the top have come off as well as 1 of 3 rubber caps covering the screws that tighten the monopod.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Solid Monopod

It's often hard to travel with a tripod since many public places will not let you use one...hence the opportunity for a monopod. Just like everything else that Manfrotto makes (I own...Read complete review

It's often hard to travel with a tripod since many public places will not let you use one...hence the opportunity for a monopod. Just like everything else that Manfrotto makes (I own two Manfrotto Tripods) this is well built. I love the carbon fiber for light weight (one of my tripods is carbon fiber and I love it). What I don't like about this monopod is the two-way screw mount for ¼' and ⅜" mounts and the very large size of the head plate mount to accommodate large heavy tripod heads. I would give this a 5-star rating for the build quality, not the overall usefulness.

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5.0

Multi purpose!

By Tag

from Watertown ct

Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

Excellent as a walking stick in rough terrain. Of course, the primary use as a steady camera post is superve!

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5.0

Lightweight & agile

By Tim F.

from Saratoga Springs, NY

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Lightweight
  • Opens Quickly
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Wildlife

    Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

    I purchased The Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod to support larger telephoto zoom lenses for my DSLR. The carbon fiber construction have proven to be lighter than the previous monopod I've owned, with no noticeable compromise in strength. Another plus is that I have been able to use various heads with the 694CX with ease.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Excellent Product

    By OlderGent

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Lightweight
    • Opens Quickly
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Shots
      • Travel
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

      Manfrotto is always dependable and this Monopod is just great. Easy to use and adjust and sturdy and reliable.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Manfrotto Quality

      By Ricky. M

      from Houston Texas

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

        it is a monopod, and it is made by Manfrotto, what else is there to say? very light and sturdy, perfect for travel, very light weight!

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great monopod for extended carrying.

        By 808Jim

        from Oahu,Hawaii

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Lightweight
        • Opens Quickly
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • None Found So Far

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

        Very useful monopod. It's very light and maneuverable, easy to carry on an long photo session.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Fat & Sturdy

        By Russell Slade

        from Tucson, AZ

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Opens Quickly
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

          Non-flexing. Other monopods seem to have a wobble when extended all the way. This one has great locking mechs and a no-flex stability.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Nice monopod

          By Laserman

          from River Falls Wi

          Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

          Really solid, light weight monopod. Holds my full frame dslr and telephoto lens, no problem.

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          5.0

          Strong & Sturdy

          By Chip

          from St. Joseph, MO

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Lightweight
          • Opens Quickly
          • Strong Construction
          • Sturdy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action

            Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

            For me the most important feature a mono pod must possess is strength and support. The Manfrotto 694 CX carbon fiber mono pod has both features. This mono pod easily supports my Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 zoom lens with no flexing when extended. This nomo pod is light weight an very easily extends and collapses when I need to change location during a baseball game. This mono pods exceeds my product expectation.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod

            By Ken the Photographer

            from Brick, New Jersey

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Lightweight
            • Locks Hold Legs Tightly
            • Opens Quickly

            Cons

            • Nothing

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Portraits
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

            Use this monopod to steady my shots when out in the field. It is sturdy and strong and the locks hold the legs from slipping.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Perfect for amateur photographer

            By Walter

            from Dallas, Tx

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Lightweight
            • Opens Quickly
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Travel

              Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

              The weight and telescope packing is absolutely perfect for airline travel. Use in the field is the kind of versatility needed when traveling. Easy setup and wide range of control.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Steady as fast tripod

              By Camera cradle support

              from Off the tripod and copy stand

              Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

              The fancy carbon fibre charcoal black.Feels much stronger than 11 lb. limit .Comparable to my Gitzo,less expensive and with clamps instead of twist locks.Mannesium castings and easy to use clamps make this a sweetie.Balance like a feather.Tho not as light as the Gitzo this monopod will be perfect for general use and save my Gitzo for the heavy stuff.So if you want a excellent pure carbon fibre support for SLR cameras this is great! Interesting top disc with rubber shock absorbers to connect to head.Since it is a Vitek it is a high class version of Gitzo twist g lock monopod but this has maybe a nylon lever lock.This is much better than my cheaper Manfrotto monopods,speed and strength put this over the topPerfect companion for a Manfrotto carbon fibre tripod.Quick release heads plates make for a system.

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              5.0

              Works great

              By Phottoguy

              from New Hampshire

              Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

              This was an additional purchase to supplement an older Manfrotto monopod which I still use. I wanted it for hiking and situations where weight is a factor I purchased a light weight head and everything works well.

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              1.0

              flip locks kill this monopod

              By uncle T

              from Portland, Maine

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Weak Clamps

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

              I used this monopod for about 4 years. Weight, size, speed of set up were fine. I always preferred flip locks for the legs vs twist locks. However, the flip locks on this monopod were very hard to maintain due to dirt that got into mechanism. Cleaning very hard, need hex wrenches. As time went on, the flip locks became more difficult to flip open or closed, requiring adjustmentsI recently purchased a Gitzo for about $ on sale which uses twist locks. the new twist locks only take a short turn to lock unlock. Only time will tell if this holds up better than the Manfrotto which I have now "retired"

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              • No

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              3.0

              Solid Monopod

              By stevespassion

              from Eastern PA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Lightweight
              • Opens Quickly
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Tricky Screw Mount
              • Very Large Head Mounting

              Best Uses

                Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                It's often hard to travel with a tripod since many public places will not let you use one...hence the opportunity for a monopod. Just like everything else that Manfrotto makes (I own two Manfrotto Tripods) this is well built. I love the carbon fiber for light weight (one of my tripods is carbon fiber and I love it). What I don't like about this monopod is the two-way screw mount for ¼' and ⅜" mounts and the very large size of the head plate mount to accommodate large heavy tripod heads. I would give this a 5-star rating for the build quality, not the overall usefulness.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Excellent Monopod

                By timazar

                from South Florida

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Lightweight
                • Opens Quickly
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                  The 694CX is the perfect monopod for taller people (i'm 6'1"). Sturdy, light, and quickly collapses to a compact size for carrying.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Robust, yet light

                  By Photo Show Ho

                  from Setauket, NY

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Lightweight
                  • Opens Quickly
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                    Great for sports events and a good alternative to a tripod when it's not feasible to use one.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Everything you would want in a Monopod!

                    By Shooter's Advocate

                    from Conway, SC

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Lightweight
                    • Opens Quickly
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                      Everything about this is a plus! I love this monopod & you will too when you get one!Works like a champ & I added the spike foot assembly that makes it flawless! The rubber/spike foot makes using this monopod in every condition an ease!The locks that extend the pod work great!The adjustable strap helps you retain your grasp when holding!

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                      • Yes

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                      4.0

                      Lightweight

                      By K

                      from San Francisco, CA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Travel

                        Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                        Super lightweight, nothing to hate about this. It doesn't open as quickly as Neotec line, but far more durable.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        excellent product. highly recommendable

                        By saggio

                        from potomac MD

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Lightweight
                        • Opens Quickly
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery

                          Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                          very good quality, nice and cheap.

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                          5.0

                          Super light and amazingly rigid.

                          By Bull

                          from South Dakota

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Lightweight
                          • Long Enough For Tall Guys
                          • Opens Quickly
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Portraits
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife

                            Comments about Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber Monopod:

                            The first thing I noticed when I received this monopod is how amazingly light and rigid it is. I have had several monopods in the past and they all had short comings. This is my first carbon fiber monopod and I wish I had purchased it sooner. This monopod also extends long enough for us tall guys to use. The only thing I would change would be to maybe put on a larger diameter foot. You can do this easily yourself as most hardware stores carry rubber feet for crutches and other items. If you are looking for a quality sturdy lightweight compact monopod with length for tall guys, this is the one. You will be very happy.

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                            • No

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