Summary: I certainly feel safe having my camera sitting atop this Monopod and it does do the job of minimizing shake but it is definitely big and heavy but that's why it's so sturdy, so you have to take the good with the bad and either go with something light and small that will easily stow or something that will really do the job but that might be harder to transport.
Summary: This is a rock-solid and well-made mono-pod. I have a hefty 70-200m 2.8 IF lens that I put on this mono-pod for sports etc. I have bought cheaper mono-pods and they haven't lasted. At this price, the additional weight is to be expected; the only thing the more expensive mono-pods have are lighter materials (i.e. carbon fiber). I added the Manfrotto 234RC Monopod Tilt QR Head for an optimal combination of flexibility and stability. The pros nod in approval....
Pros: Great value, Opens Quickly, Strong Construction
Summary: This is a great mono pod. Very well constructed, quick to set up. The only suggestion I would have would be to add a "screw" type expansion in the top segment to gain a few more inches of height. No big deal. Glad I bought it, as it crushes the competition.
Pros: Compact, Lightweight, Opens Quickly, Strong Construction
Summary: I use this monopod witht the Manfrotto 234RC Monopod Tilt QR Head and a Nikon D200 50-500mm lens. Lens is somewhat heavy but lesser tripod would not be as stable. Monopod is somewhat heavy and only two clamps so it doesn't pack very small but it is stable.