Summary: I'm headed to Africa on safari, and a tripod is just too much of a hassle to lug around. Still, I need some stability for my wildlife shots. This compact monopod is a good trade off. I have a great Manfrotto tripiod, and I expected similar quality in their monopod. I am not disappointed. Best part is the quick release and lock extension levers as opposed to the less reliable screw type leg release design.
Excerpt: I bought this for my wife to use with her canon sl1 and a canon 70-300mm lens. We go to a professional tennis tournament every year and I shoot with a 7d and a 100-400mm lens and a full size monopod. Her scaled-down outfit will do her quite nicely and weighs a lot less. Now she can join in the fun.
Excerpt: Really light and compact, so much so that it can even fit in one's pocket. I haven't used it very much yet, but I expect it to be useful in places where a tripod isn't a realistic option and low light shooting may be called for.
Pros: Compact, Lightweight, Opens Quickly, Strong Construction
Summary: This is the first Monopod I have bought and used. I found the build quality to be very good. It has a good length allowing me to stand straight and take pictures, or sit on my mobility scooter and still get solid shots from my sony dslr. A good all round item.
Summary: This mono-pod has proven to be very useful for my JVC Everio video cam and my Canon SX40 still camera. I looked at quite a few mono-pods trying to find one that collapses this short and extends taller than the walking stick type. This does all, it is very light and compact and has quick action cam clamps. I find that I would like to add the attachment for using my still camera in the vertical position.