Canon Monopod 100 for SLR Cameras & Lenses
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- 4-section monopod that comes with mini-ballhead
- Extends to 64.5 inches; folds down to 21.3 inches
- Foam grip on the top leg section, a hand strap, and rubber leg tip
- Weighs just over a pound
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Canon is a leader in professional business and consumer imaging equipment and information systems. By developing innovative, high-quality business solutions Canon makes it easy to create, manage, and share images and information better, faster, and more efficiently. Product Description: Canon Monopod 100 - monopod Product Type: Monopod Weight: 17.6 oz Tripod Head Type: Ball Tripod Operating Height: 21 in - 65 in Max Supported Weight: 4.4 lbs
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The Canon Monopod 100 is a compact, lightweight 4-section monopod that comes with a mini-ballhead. It features a foam grip on the top leg section, a hand strap, and rubber leg tip.
- Maximum height: 64.5 inches
- Folded length: 21.3 inches
- Load capacity: 4.4 pounds
- Leg lock type: Flip lock
- Male thread size: 1/4-inch
- Weight: 1.1 pound
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It is very well built and truly deserves the Canon logo on it.
However, I am a night phtography fan, and to be honest I have discovered this hobby for only two years till now so you can't say I'm a pro, I bought this monopod to test and see if it will help me get rid of my heavy tripod. Here are my results:
1- Portability: monopod 10/10 - tripod 3/10
2- Weight: mono: very light - tri: well it depends on which brand and price tag you got, but for sure this monopod is a lot lighter than any tripod out there.
3- Steadiness for long exposure shooting: mono: 8/10 if you are sticking the monopod between guard rails or leaning on a wall for example but 2/10 if you are trying to hold it vertically still especially if it is extended to your height which is most of the cases, so you still need to make it lean on something to get very good still photo if your exposure is 2 seconds or more, for less than 2 seconds exposures, I am far better off without the monopod by kneeling on the ground and resting one elbow on the other knee and the other elbow on my chest while using an Image Stabalizer than using a monopod - tripod: 10/10
4- Size when retracted: mono 9/10 (nice copmact and easy to store anywhere, heck it fits in the magazines pocket at the back of the drivers seat in your car) - Tripod: 6/10
The spongy part where you are supposed to be carrying the pod from or holding it when shooting is excellent material too, I am telling you, Canon spared nothing on this pod, I am really surprised it's so cheap! Honestly this thing should be sold for at least $50!
The locks are excellent, it takes some strong fingers to lock them in place but hey i don't mind as long as this guarantees a strong traction so the pod won't fall on its self. And by the way i tested it by pressing hard on it with my hands, it didn't fold, rather i was almost going to break it so i stopped :)
When you release a lock, the traction and resistance when you pull or push the pod is excellent, it is not very tough nor very easy, if the lock is released and you point the pod downwards, it will not extend by its self but you easily can pull it with your hand.
I have seen some monopods in a shop dealing with photographing equipment, I actually "physically" inspected two of them as the store had one mono/tri pod from each brand and model on display for customers to test. I didn't like them at all, they felt so cheap and you can easily bend them with both hands when fully extended. Then i found this Canon monopod on amazon and with its price I decided to gamble on it: as a photographer enthusiast, when i received this monopod, it felt like turning the $40 spent on it to $80 in a slot machine! You won't regret it.
I have been using this monopod for a long time and about once a week, it is ALWAYS in my car, i love it size! Wear and tear is minimal, it's excellent quality. You still feel the resistant force of air being sucked in or blown out when retracting the monopod short or extending it long. The locks are not as hard in locking they became softer, but still the monopod doesn't fall into its self even if you press on it, the locks are doing a good job!
I just got them tonight, so I have no info beyond this, but since this is what I really wanted to know about them, I figured you might want to know, too.
UPDATE: December 2009 -
I have adapted this mono pod to become a mini-Body-Pod.
A description. I removed the little hand strap and added a shoulder strap in its place. I purchased a waist flag pole carrier that's really just a belt with a cup that would normally carry the bottom of a flag staff in a parade.
Here's how it works..... The monopod is kept collapsed (no leg extension at all) and the bottom of the monopod leg in dropped into the flag pole cup on the belt. The belt is worn so the cup is at waist level in front. The shoulder strap is worn around the neck as a camera strap might be worn. If need be, the monopod leg length can then be adjusted to rsise the camera to 'your' viewing height.
What you have is a hands free camera carrier. This is great for both still cameras with a long lens and for video cameras. It s a very stable platform for both. It makes it very easy to smoothly pan right/left for video and stills or to hold the shot place for long periods.
(You can find the "Waist Style Flag Carrier" via Google or, [...] )
This rig also works very well in locations where a tripod and monopods are not allowed.