I have had two... the same one actually, but I think I lost the first one... the reason I think I lost the first one is because my house is a Mess with a capital M. It very well could just be hiding under that pile of dead cats. :/
It was a Dolica Monpodhttp://www.amazon.com/Dolica-WT-1003-67-Inch-Lightweight-Monopod/dp/B000VZS2EU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1408930250&sr=8-1&keywords=dolica+monopod
and it served a dual purpose... monopod for me and a walking stick for my daughter. I'll admit... it was light enough in weight... I could convert it to put a ball head on it (though i didn't like the stability), it was strong enough that it could hold my camera gear and my daughter's weight... and it was less than $20... so perfect for me.
I primarily used it to pan side to side for my daughter's basketball games... so it worked just fine. The only complaint I had about it is that the rubber grip would slide down and I would have to move it back up. Small complaint... meh.
I came into a bit of free money for buying and selling some gear in less than week. So I thought I would go ahead and replace the Dolica that I sold for $10.
So here's my wishlist for the new monopod. I want something sturdy, well built (preferably with the flip latches), compatible with both heads and bodies (so both types of screws), and this is the sticking point... I want the three feet @ the bottom so it will stand without me holding onto it... and they should be retractable.
I saw someone else's post... I'm 69" tall, and the heaviest load I would put on is the 5d mkiii and the 70-200mm f/2.8 (at present).
I kinda like this... http://www.adorama.com/SIBSRP204S.html
because of the panning grip and the claw feet... but it doesn't have a head... and I would like a bonus head if I'm spending that much money... it also doesn't have the flip lock...
and I like this http://www.adorama.com/BEA48FBS4.html
... flip lock, claw feet, and it does have a head... but that big panning grip is annoying... so I would probably not use the head that often.
and I guess this is my 3rd option, http://www.adorama.com/BG682B234RC.html
but the stick feet look like they wouldn't be ideal to use and the head isn't a ball head... so maybe it will take some getting used to, but it does have the flip locks... http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/434422-REG/Manfrotto_560B_1_560B_1_Fluid_Video_Monopod.html
And then there is this one... which has a fluid base for easy panning that is adjustable... and the flip locks... and while it isn't a ball head... it does have a head that's a bonus... and it has the feet I like... but that sansui... it appeals...
So I'm thinking my best best is to get the monopod I like and just buy a separate ball head that I'm fond of... but that's more money and suddenly my bonus free cash is spent and now I'm spending money that I don't want to spend... So I would greatly appreciate if yall can point me in a direction on a monopod yall like and head... ideally in one purchase which would reduce the cost... huff.