Summary: I use this mainly to hold my long zoom Pentax FA* 80-200mm/2.8 when I want to move fast without setting up a tripod. Actually I got this one free as part of combo deal when I purchased Giottos MT-9360 tripod from B&H. Very good deal! The funny thing is even though B&H advertised it as Giottos. The box is clearly labeled Tamron. When I opened it up, there is big Tamron logo printed on the leg while Giottos name is printed only on the head.
Pros: Comes w carrying bag, Comes w QR plate, Easy to Hold, Very lightweight, Very quick setup
Cons: no shoulder strap, Not so good QR design, The head feels cheap
Summary: I am a pro photographer and use this monopod regularly. Great for hiking, when carrying a heavy three leg tripod is to much. I keep this one in my truck for emergency shots that come up while out and about. Leg locks work easily for that quick unexpected shot.
Summary: Was looking for a decently built monopod for use during travel - sturdy, not too heavy, with a usable Pan/tilt Head. We'd be using it with digital/35mm film SLRs with up to medium lenses, but nothing too heavy, and didn't want the expense of an exotic materials design. This seemed to fit the bill, as good value for money. Exceeded expectations: sturdy build, lightweight, with a very decent head.
Pros: Good Footing, Lightweight, Locks In Tight, Smooth Movement