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Review: RS16K Carbon

RS16K Carbon [LINK]
Monostat of Switzerland [LINK]
Reviewed by
Kevin L. Kitchens
Review Publication Date
March 20, 2008

RS16K Carbon

Its signature
feature is
a wide rubber
foot that
on even the
most uneven
or slippery
of surfaces.
Photographers in the market for a high quality, easy to use monopod need look no further than Monostat’s RS16K Carbon. While the RS16K is well designed throughout, its signature feature is a wide rubber foot that provides increased stability on even the most uneven or slippery of surfaces. The foot grips around the edges, but also full freedom to rotate and tilt the RS16K to a variety of angles.

The shaft of the unit is made from lightweight carbon (black with a mid-grey hatch pattern) making it convenient to carry. The lock rings which secure its three extension sections are made from hard rubber, textured for easy turning. The sections lock securely allowing the RS16K to serve as a walking stick for wilderness hikes. Collapsed the unit is about 21 inches in length and extends to about 60 inches (five feet). Overall weight is slightly over one pound.

The top thread is reversible from 3/8” to 1/4” permitting the attachment of standard cameras as well as ball-head mounts. Flipping this was a little tricky as you have to hold the threaded bolt at the right depth and then tighten the lock-ring. This ring also has a rubber grip and the wrist strap is made of nice soft leather – nothing appears to have been overlooked by Monostat. Finally the handle is cushioned with foam rubber to aid in stability and prevents the unit from slipping out of your hand.

Monostat’s RS16K Carbon retails for $279. For its quality design, versatility and light weight, photographyvoice.com gives the RS16K Carbon a rating of HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Strengths Weaknesses
  • Wide rubber foot provides increased stability.
  • Rubber section locks make for easy adjustments.
  • Sturdy and well-designed. Lightweight carbon-fiber construction.
  • Reversible thread for 3/8" and 1/4" mounts.
  • Padded handgrip and leather wrist strap.
  • Slight difficulty reversing camera thread.
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Perfect, but insanely expensive. commented on March 26, 2008 08:43:
Perfect, but insanely expensive
Arthur M. commented on May 06, 2008 10:24:
Thank you Kevin for the recommendation. I just got this monopod, and I must tell you, it's the best monopod I ever had.

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