Excerpt: This is not a robust heavy-duty monopod (I have one of those), but it's perfect for an upcoming trip because it weighs almost nothing and collapses down to a very easily stashed accessory. I just wish it were about 10" longer when fully extended -- which would be eye level.
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: I love that the Velbon Stick is lightweight and small enough to fit in my purse. I carry it and my camera with me a all time - I never know when I see something that captures my attention. I do many small scale music videos and it is perfect for stabilizing my shots.
Pros: Can use in self defence, Compact, Easy to use, Fit's in my purse, Lightweight, Opens Quickly, Ready to go anytime, Strong Construction
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.
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.
Pros: Compact, Easily Adjusted, Lightweight, Locks In Tight, Quickly Deployed