Excerpt: I bought it to use as a prop, to take the place of a kickstand for a new carbon frame bicycle. Performs well. Plan also to hook it on my belt to take along when using telephoto lenses on my Panasonic GH1.
Excerpt: Nice lightweight, decent height monopod. Unfortunately after using it for a week one of the plastic bits that sit in the end of each tube managed to loosen up. This allowed the end tube to come free from the monopod itself. A better grade plastic material would have likely prevented this as the clip appears quite soft. IF you're extremely gentle this may work out, but I found while twisting it open/free it worked loose quickly.
Summary: The M50 has already proved to be a great support for my Lumix G5 when out walking. It's light and easily fits into a small backpack. When combined with a lightweight head, it can be left attached to the camera if needed and locked off parallel with the lens. In this configuration, with the Lumix G Vario 100-300mm on the G5, the M50 projects just 20cm beyond the lens and the whole thing weighs 1.3Kg, not bad for a 600mm (35mm equivalent) supported zoom outfit!
Pros: Compact, Easily Adjusted, Lightweight, Locks In Tight, Quickly Deployed