Review: Velbon Ultra Stick M40 & M50 Aluminum Monopods

That's the Velbon M40 monopod.

Velbon actually also comes with another model M50 which is quite similar. Below are the specs at a glance

  • 4-Section Aluminum Monopod
  • Maximum Height of 4.7' (143.5 cm)
  • Minimum Height of 16.53" (42 cm)
  • Weighs 7.76 oz (220 kg)

  • 5-Section Aluminum Monopod
  • Maximum Height of 4.29' (130.8 cm)
  • Minimum Height of 12.79" (32.5 cm)
  • Weighs 7.4 oz (210 g)

They are pretty similar expect the M50 is a good 10cm taller.

The construct is good. Hard plastic, feels sturdy, and comes with a nice foam rubber grip.

The locking mechanism is the twist and turn type. It's slightly more convenient than those locking latches.

The head comes with a screw for mounting cameras.

The main downside to the monopods is that the head does not tilt. So if you want to shoot upwards or downloads, you're out of luck — try the Velbon RUP-43 with the tilting head.

It's a good monopod to consider if you want to reduce camera shake due to your shaky hands. It's particularly good for stills. For video I would recommend a tripod to reduce the shakiness in the video altogether.

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