Excerpt: Its great if you are shooting DSRL video in a tight spot but don't need to pan. The shots are ALWAYS RUINED and UNUSABLE if you pan. Clicking sticking and popping at ball joint at bottom. At this price and the Manfrotto name this is totally unacceptable .
Pros: Compact, Lightweight, Opens Quickly, Strong Construction
Cons: Clicking On Panning, Unstable, Unstable Joints
Excerpt: The MVM500A has far surpassed my expectations. If I could improve it at all it would be to add a lockout function on the pan or at least some way of controlling the drag similar to the tilting portion.
Excerpt: I was hesitant to spend this much money on a monopod, but I've used this model before and so finally I hit the buy button. If you're shooting video, this is the best tool in your arsenal. I use it 80% of the day when shooting weddings, concerts, and other events.
Excerpt: This monopod is probably the best video-monopod you can get. It is well made and super smooth. I really have no real complaints about this. It is a bit heavy so if you are running round, it could start to way down a tad, but its not a huge issue. And I do wish it came with a carry case.
Excerpt: Was disappointed with this monopod. I was hoping to use it in place of a traditional tri-pod. I wanted to use it to record myself while performing on stage but due to the swivel feature at the base of the monopod, it will not lock in place and therefore be prone to tilting on its own and falling...