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. For me, that's fine, because I got it for use with my DSLR, but someone looking for a monopod to use with a heavier camera might want something more heavy duty.
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. I did remove the shoulder strap due to it moving around in the wind when trying to use the video mode on my Canon T3i it tends to make some noise.
Pros: Compact, Lightweight, Opens Quickly, Strong Construction
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. I ordered an Manfrotto monopod with folding base and die cast ball head. I'll present this item to somebody.
Excerpt: Compact and Lightweight. Good value for a monopod with a quick release plate. I use it for event video work, so the strap was useless. The strap is attached by a metal screw and clip that for some reason kept spinning when I tried to take it off, so I used a bolt cutter to take it off. I also had to cut off the straps from the other end because they wouldn't come off any other way.
Excerpt: This is my first monopod, and I don't have any problems with it. What I like about this monopod: The handle can be adjusted/removed easily. Tilting has some resistance that makes it tilt smoothly. The quick release is easy to use.
Summary: Bought this item to accompany the purchase of a tripod to provide options when the space was limited. Found that the pan and tilt handle can make access to the shutter release problematic (but it can be removed if not needed!). Other wise it is a useful bracing point if placed under one arm when shooting. Easily adjusted and can use the carry strap as an additional brace.
Summary: I bought this especially to video my friend's daughter's wedding. Her videographer had pulled out at the last minute so I was drafted in to save the day. I needed a steady support for filming the ceremony and speeches and there wasn't enough space in the chapel for a tripod, so a monopod was the best option. I especially wanted a fluid tilt and pan head and this monopod was a lot cheaper than the similarly specified monopods and it suited my budget.
Pros: Compact, Easily Adjusted, Good Footing, Lightweight, Locks In Tight