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Benro MAC008ABR Active Series Aluminum Monopod Kit with Ballhead for $20 Shipped

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I have one of Benro's carbon fiber travel tripods that was around half to 1/3rd the price of a Manfrotto equivalent at regular price. I have no idea why this company exists because Benro is part of the MAC product group which includes Manfrotto along with many of the other major photography brands.Their stuff is likely made in the same factory with similar tolerances as the Manfrotto products. It's strange because they are relatively inexpensive but they aren't a knock-off/private-label/"brand" selling fake, ripped off, or leftover OEM product. In this case, you get the benefits of low-cost pricing with the benefit of customer support and a legitimate warranty, that you're unlikely to use.
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Purchased two Benro video head tripods in the past and while they are super light (CF) and convenient to have and much cheaper than a Manfrotto, I will say that we (company I work for) had a few problems with them. After only about a month one of the tripod level bubbles ballooned into a giant bubble that make's the leveling aspect unusable. Then after a few months both of the bubble lights (which was a good feature) went out on both the tripods. The plastic also seems to be a bit flimsy, but overall it's still usable. Besides the bubble level issue, I still favor this tripod over our heavier manfrottos during run and gun type shooting.

I realize that my review of the tripod has nothing to do with the monopod that the OP posted, but bottom line I think that for 20 dollars for a monopod a good dea but Benro's QA isn't .. the best. I have yet to deal with their warranty department though so I can't really speak on that.
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sorry, i'm a newbie at this. is the head of this monopod detachable? i read the Q&A and enlarged the picture but i can't quite tell. i plan to use this with a DSLR and i want to be able to detach it and shoot vertical photos, then put it back on the monopod for horizontal photos.
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sorry, i'm a newbie at this. is the head of this monopod detachable? i read the Q&A and enlarged the picture but i can't quite tell. i plan to use this with a DSLR and i want to be able to detach it and shoot vertical photos, then put it back on the monopod for horizontal photos.
The product description states: "The kit also includes a single action ball head with integrated 1/4"-20 mounting thread and a snap-in quick-release plate." The snap-in quick release plate is threaded to the bottom of your camera. Then, your camera with plate installed, is locked into the base of the monopod. The quick-release lever makes it quick and easy to detach your camera from the monopod.

Note: if you have a camera strap that screws into the bottom of your camera, you will not be able to use the quick-release plate.
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