Excerpt: Self standing mono-pod is like a tripod. You still need to hold on to everything, but that extra stability when you are not allowed to use a tripod for whatever reason this is great. Same for video users, but their is a specific self standing mono-pod for video, this is for still needs.
Excerpt: I've been a big fan of Manfrotto since they were Bogen and this beefy mono-pod is a welcome addition to my tool set. The ability to (briefly) stand it up loaded due to the mini-lags in the foot is a BIG benifit for somebody who changes glass as much as I do. She's not a fast set up on the run with a 300mm but I am slowing down a little in my elder years so this suits me just fine.
Pros: Durable, Easy to Use, Good Video Quality, Great Picture Quality
Excerpt: I use it as a video camera support for run-n-gun shoots. It's a little bit heavier than I would like, but this thing will never break - built like a tank. It's very versatile; the three retractable legs take few minutes to deploy, but like the rest of the piece, they are very sturdy.
Excerpt: I bought this to use with the Tamron 150-600mm telephoto lens. It's very sturdy & works exactly as it should. My only complaints are that when the legs are folded up inside the monopod they tend to rattle around. Some padding inside would have been nice. Also, it's pretty heavy. These are minor complaints at best, so all in all, it's very useful. Quicker & easier than a tripod.
Excerpt: I just took delivery of this, and have not yet used it for any extended period of time. However, I have used it a little, just enough to get a "feel" for the product. I'd love to give this FIVE stars, but: FIRST: THERE IS NO MONOPOD THAT EXISTS, WHICH IS A REPLACEMENT FOR A TRIPOD, and it is not a fair comparison; Mono = ONE, Tri = THREE. So, if you are looking for something to use during, say, a very long exposures, get a TRIpod.
Excerpt: It's a great monopod with a unique feature: the retractable legs. You won't want to use this a full time tripod, but there are countless times when your monopod could use a little more stability, even the ability to free stand. Don't need the legs? The fold up into the bottom section. It feels quite heavy-duty and has some weight to it ...possibly too much for some, but you get to the point with your gear that you don't want a cheap, plastic monopod supporting your gear.
Excerpt: I use the monopod when traveling with my family in touristy spots when I can't linger and can't use a tripod. The monopod was excellent in dimly lighted buildings and streets of Europe providing me with much sharper images. The monopod is fast in set up, the three retracable legs provided considerably more stability than I was expecting, even with a heavy DSLR. The slowest part was getting the legs out of the bottom and screwing them back into place.
Excerpt: I use this when I'm hiking and doing landscape photography. I use a Velcro tie to keep the mini-legs from rattling while I carry it. I also wish the head included an arm to turn it. But it's a huge improvement over hand-held, and more portable than a full tripod.