Software & Accessories / Re: I want a monopod, but I'm so cheap that Scrooge says to loosen the purse strings« on: August 26, 2014, 11:20:05 PM »
It sounds almost like you want something as cheap as this
But with the build quality and features of a more expensive brand/model.
Ive used cheap monopods and they work fine for short term use, as well as using expensive monopods.
Sure the more expensive ones made shooting easier but it comes down to what you have on hand at the time and is the amount you are going to use it going to justify the cost over its lifetime.
Otherwise we can tell you what we recommend all we like, end of the day its your $$ and your decision.
The Sirui is $10 less than the the Manfrotto 560b-1... So I don't think I'm cheaping out if you will. Though if you want to argue I'm spending the same amount of money one something that isn't as well made... I think that might be a reasonable argument...
The manfrotto is off my list because of the screw and the attachment so you can put on a head. I just really REALLY don't like that. To me... that feels cheap. If they had a flip-able screw like I've seen on quite a few other high end tripods... I would probably go with the manfrotto...
And I realize I can get a carbon fiber monopod for less than I'm paying, though it wouldn't have the feet. Brand name and everything... but I really want the feet. The first time I saw that... I thought it was a little slice of genius. Maybe I'm wrong... but at least I'm not mortgaging the house on a risk.