Summary: AFTER DISCUSSION WITH CRUCTHFIELD CAMERA DEPARTMENT EXPLAINING THAT I WAS LOOKING FOR A MODESTLY PRICED MONOPOD I DECIDED TO PURCHASE THE VELBRON UP-400DX. I USE THIS WITH SEVERAL CAMERA LENSES THAT WEIGHT UP TO 4 POUNDS. IT IS VERY VERSATILE, LIGHT WEIGHT AND EASY TO USE.
Pros: WELL CONSTRUCTED, VERSATILE, EASY TO USE AND HELPS WITH PICTURE STABILIZATION ESPECIALLY WITH HEAVY ZOOMS LENSES.
Excerpt: While I like this product, I realized I needed something a little more professional and went with one with sturdy mini-feet. For someone just out shooting pictures casually, this is a great mono-pod. The tilt head is a necessity if you're shooting sports or activity.
Excerpt: This monopod was everything that I was looking for. I love the tilt head. It makes high/low angle shots a lot easier. I love the height range too. It can be tiny or really tall. My only criticism is that it doesn't seem very tough. I wouldn't put anything heavier than a DSLR with a long lens on it.
Pros: Compact, Lightweight, Opens Quickly, Tilt Head
Excerpt: Great overall monopod...being a 6'3" man I had been looking for a monopod that could fit me and with this Velbon UP-400DX it stretches to an outstanding 66.5", also shrinks down to a compact size for traveling. The head on it is very smooth in moving up and down...no jerky movement.
Pros: Compact, Lightweight, Opens Quickly, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Used the monopod first time at a wedding. Very handy if you can't afford a steadicamset up. Made long shoot periods less tiring holding the video camera and still allowed for quick movement to get the perfect shots. I would recommend this product for still or video shots where a tripod is too bulky
Excerpt: I bought it to use with my Sony AX2000E. I wanted to make my shots steadier using this monopod, it was almost the cheapest one. I didn't actually use it. It seems flimsy and too long to put it in monopod belt pouch. At full length it's long enough, longer than most people.