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ObenACM-1400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod
 
4.7

(based on 152 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (108)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (41)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (110)
  • Lightweight (105)
  • Strong construction (59)
  • Opens quickly (54)
  • Easy to use (53)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (75)
  • Travel (67)
  • Landscape/scenery (55)
  • Wildlife (33)
  • Weddings (29)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (64), Semi-pro photographer (32), Casual photographer (15), Pro photographer (14), Photography student (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (115), Yes (12)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Versatile and handy

I purchased this monopod to use while taking wildlife photo's on long walks instead of a heavier, bulkier tripod. With practice it adds almost as much stability as a tripod and is much easier...Read complete review

I purchased this monopod to use while taking wildlife photo's on long walks instead of a heavier, bulkier tripod. With practice it adds almost as much stability as a tripod and is much easier to carry. It is cleverly engineered to make switching between both bolt sizes quick and easy. Although it is useful without a ball head, it is much easier to use with one. The Oben micro ballhead (BD-0) is a bit small and hard to adjust if the large base plate is left on, but works well with the plate removed.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not suitable for video

I bought this product to use instead of my heavy tripod when moving around a lot while shooting. I would not recommend it for video as it's not stable and it moves around quite...Read complete review

I bought this product to use instead of my heavy tripod when moving around a lot while shooting. I would not recommend it for video as it's not stable and it moves around quite a bit. From reading the reviews, I gather that I was recommended the wrong product for what I was looking to achieve. It seems like a good option for photos as its quite light and easy to handle.

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5.0

Excellent product

By HockeyFotos

from New Haven, Connecticut USA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Oben ACM-1400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod:

Excellent product for the money

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5.0

Lightweight and fairly cheap

By Soccer Dad

from Atlanta, GA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Oben ACM-1400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod:

Lighter than the inexpensive Manfrotto I bought a few years ago. Feels 1-2 inches shorter, but at 6' 1", it is still quite comfortable when shooting while standing. Hopefully, I won't lose this one.

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4.0

I would buy this product again and again

By Luis

from Ushuaia Argentina

Verified Buyer

Comments about Oben ACM-1400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod:

It is practical and light

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2.0

Not suitable for video

By Sandra

from New York

Verified Buyer

Comments about Oben ACM-1400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod:

I bought this product to use instead of my heavy tripod when moving around a lot while shooting. I would not recommend it for video as it's not stable and it moves around quite a bit. From reading the reviews, I gather that I was recommended the wrong product for what I was looking to achieve. It seems like a good option for photos as its quite light and easy to handle.

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4.0

Handy Dandy Stand

By Uncle Sams Lackey

from Enumclaw, WA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Oben ACM-1400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod:

Easy to use, light-weight, extremely portable. A little disappointed it didn't come WITH an adapter. The threading didn't fit either my camera or camcorder, so I had to by an adapter. Otherwise, great unit.

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4.0

ACM-1400

By o1perk

from VA.

Verified Buyer

Comments about Oben ACM-1400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod:

After purchasing a Tamron SP 150-600mm lens, a little hefty, I found this monopod quite useful in supporting my camera and lens when needing to hold it ready for periods of time. Seems to work well and I'm pleased with it so far. The only thing I think it could have had that it doesn't is adjustable clamps like my Oben tripod legs for when it wears over time. I also purchased a head for it that only pivots in one axis. A ball type head may have been a better choice if using for following action.

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5.0

A worthy/sturdy monopod!

By detroitdj

from Detroit, MI

Verified Buyer

Comments about Oben ACM-1400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod:

Sturdy, firm, tough and light.

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4.0

Lighten your load

By Deck Hand

from Whidbey Island, Wa

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Oben ACM-1400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod:

    The ACM-1400 Oben monopod does a dandy job of supporting the load of my Nikon D-7100 and 500mm lens. That combined weight is just over 6 lbs and it does get tiring holding it on a distant subject after a while. The monopod provides great stability for steady zoomed in shots. You can easily pick up the camera to track a subject with the monopod still attached. That's how I caught the attached image of the Bald Eagle bringing home the groceries.
    The unexpected benefit of this monopod is that you can throw it over your shoulder with the camera attached (like an ax) making the camera a lot easier to carry. The only thing that disappointed me was the tag on the monopod stated that the clamp tension could be adjusted with a small screw on each clamp lever. Mine has no such adjustment, 4 stars not 5.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Wow

    By Jones

    from South dakota

    Comments about Oben ACM-1400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod:

    Excellent construction! Light and yet sturdy

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    5.0

    Aluminum Monopod

    By Eliezer Plaza

    from Puerto Rico

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Oben ACM-1400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod:

      Easy to use. Very light but strong construction

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      5.0

      Good Product

      By chatty

      from Kentucky

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Oben ACM-1400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod:

        Never realized a monopod would make this much difference. Use with a 500mm lens to shoot my grand kids sports. Well built and light. Fit into a carry on bag.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Lightweight yet durable

        By M by M

        from Neenah, WI

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Oben ACM-1400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod:

          Use with my Nikon D7100 with zoom lens for nature photography.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Easy to use and takes Manffroto heads.

          By Ryanphoto

          from LaGrange, IL

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Oben ACM-1400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod:

            I have not used it yet but it seems durable and I didn't need to purchase a Oben head. Also you can't beet the price.

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            5.0

            Surprising quality for the price

            By M. Yates

            from Southern California

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Oben ACM-1400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod:

              I was looking for a monopod for an upcoming European vacation, and wanted quality but didn't want to spend too much in case I accidentally leave it somewhere and it doesn't make the trip home. But most importantly, I needed something that could support the weight of my rig, which weighs roughly 8 lbs. and consists of a Canon 70D and a Tamron 150-600mm lens. So right off the bat, I eliminated all of the sub-$ monopods, as they don't support that much weight.Thankfully, I stumbled across the Oben ACM-1400 monopod.In reading the reviews, I was shocked that there were NO 1-star reviews. Only two 3-star and the remaining 136 are 4-star or better. Right off the bat, that made me feel that this was the monopod for me.While I haven't yet taken it on vacation to put it to the true test, just using it around the house and outside, I can tell I made the right choice.As others have said, it is lightweight, but it feels very sturdy, so I'm not fearful it collapsing during use. The manufacturer says that it will support a whopping 17 lbs, which is more than double what most budget monopods will handle.The hand strap is very "handy" as it has a clip to attach it to a belt or backpack when not in use.It was very simple to reverse the mounting screw to fit my camera, and I very much appreciate the fact that they included an extra allen wrench, in case the one strapped to the leg gets lost somewhere.I also love the height. I'm 5'10" and my wife is 5'5", and this is perfect for both of us, as it adjusts easily.So if you're looking for quality monopod without breaking the bank, look no further and pick up this little gem!

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              • No

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              4.0

              Does the job.

              By Sam the Man

              from East Coast, fam.

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action

                Comments about Oben ACM-1400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod:

                Let's be honest: how complicated can a monopod be? It extends. It retracts. This specific model has a mounting bolt that unlocks and can flip to another size (I assume for mounting a quick release plate) which is nice. It is durable and feels like it will last. The only downside is that I wish it was easier to adjust height on. Sometimes I have to fiddle to find the right height so that the camera isn't tilting and I'm not smashing my face trying to see into the viewfinder.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Lighter than a tripod

                By Jack

                from Galway,NY

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Oben ACM-1400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod:

                  Works really well. A lot easier to carry in the wetlands then a tripod.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great Product

                  By DRW

                  from Chicago, IL

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel

                    Comments about Oben ACM-1400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod:

                    Study construction and light weight.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    great product for price

                    By birdman

                    from saugatuck mi.

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Oben ACM-1400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod:

                        great lightweight and sturdy

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        4.0

                        meets my need but.

                        By SLMpoto

                        from West Michigan

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use

                        Cons

                        • Bulky

                        Best Uses

                        • Sports/Action

                        Comments about Oben ACM-1400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod:

                        Used occasionally for sporting events.
                        Liked for what it does, keeps camera steady, provides support needed for long photo shoots, and relatively easy to maneuver.
                        Expected it to be less bulky, handle strap is too long results gripping too low when trying to utilize strap to stablize monopod, and whom wants to have this hang off your belt or camera bag banging into things.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Works like a champ

                        By Brett

                        from Nashville, TN

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Sports/Action
                          • Video

                          Comments about Oben ACM-1400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod:

                          This a great product. Use as described or use as a stabilizer.

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                          • No

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