Summary: I use this for macrophotography in the field (indoors and outdoors) where a tripod would be impossible. I need (in many situations) photos as close as possible (1:1 preferably) and the monopod permits small apertures and, hopefully, fast shutter speeds so I can get sharp exposures with maximum depth of field that are essentially hand held. The tuck-away legs are very useful in many situations.
Pros: Easily Adjusted, Locks In Tight, Smooth Movement
Summary: Highly recommended as an all-in-one tool. Very robust, seems almost bulletproof. This is a great tool for anybody who needs a field monopod, but might need a tripod on occasion. All the adjustments are tight and strong and it has the feel of a professional tool. Impossible to be disappointed.
Pros: Easily Adjusted, Easily Reconfigured, Locks In Tight, Rugged, Smooth Movement
Summary: This can be used in pinch for a tripod by using the the feet stored in the bottom. They are a pain to put on and store. The head can't be used for side tilting if the monopod is not held up straight. I sawed mine off. It is heavy and only so-so for a hiking stick. Pro: It is heavy and a good support. I do use it. The feet make it better than a monopod without since they make it more stable. It opens up to about 6 feet tall. I would not buy it again.
Summary: Built like a tank, with rigid leg sections that hardly wobble when monopod is fully extended. this is further complimented by the p-pod's relatively heavy weight.- support legs, as expected, amount to little more than a gimmick. when taking into account the small hassle involved in attaching/removing them, their usefulness goes from negligible to non-existant.