First off I gotta say this is one of my favorite tools I have reviewed in a long time and I am not sure B&H is going to get this back from me because I love this thing.
It is so versatile and so quick to move around and capture shots so much faster than with an normal tripod, I know for sure if I was not using this that I would have missed shots because of setup time or if I tried to handhold the camera it would have been so shakey that the footage would have been unusable.
The monopod comes with the fluid head and this thing can go tall much higher than I need at 6′-3″.
The mounting plate is not bad because I can get my T2i battery in and out without removing the plate, however I always forget as I did here which way the plate has to go in.
I am not a big fan of the thumb release, if that what it is called, because once it’s tight up against the body of the camera you can’t get it back down with out a screw driver.
You can also find the sticking point in the middle of the ball and use it for static shots like these and even use it for interviews like I did here.
You can also add to a static shot like this one and get up high and show that tasty bacon.
You can also add on a view finder like the Z-Finder to add another point of contact so you can get some different moves that way.
Now you can get a lot of range of motion on the ball, however I’ve noticed that sometimes the ball will pop for some reason, not all the time but it can ruin a shot, I find that exercise it a lot before the shot helps and applying downward pressure helps.
What is also nice is you can use the feet to help you bring the extensions up and down faster.
At 4 pounds and I hiked 4 miles, holding just like this and it was no problem at all to carry.
Just a fantastic piece of gear that has really helped improve my footage. I highly recommend it and if anyone knows about the ball popping issue please let me know.
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