Summary: If you don't want to spend a lot of money, but would still want a sturdy monopod, then this Velbon model is for you. I prefer the snap clip type adjusters on this model instead of the screw type - no turning the wrong way. I don't a this price you are getting a true fluid head, but the tilt head works smoothly no matter what they call it for marketing reason.
Summary: I was hoping the quick release would be a Arca-Swiss type mount but sadly no. the head is proprietary as well so there's no changing it; the shaft is square. For the price its fine but it could have been great with a bit more effort.
Summary: I like this monopod. I have already tried it with both Canon GL2 and Nikon D80. As for disadvantages, there are couple, although not critical. I bought a tripod - same brand - and I was hoping that the quick release platform will match what I have. It doesn't, because the monopod has a smaller version of the same platform, it's looking same on the photo presented on the web site, but it's significantly smaller and can't be used with the tripod that I have.
Pros: Easily Adjusted, Good Footing, Lightweight, Locks In Tight, Rugged, Smooth Movement
Summary: For the price a great steady unit. Unlike some light weight monopods, this unit it very strong and steady.Quick to attach to camera bag with existing shoulder strap.Fluid head makes setup of photo quick. Would buy again & again.
Pros: Easily Adjusted, Lightweight, Locks In Tight, Rugged, Smooth Movement