>Just curious what the verdict is, now that you have used it >for a bit?
Well, I haven't had much opportunity to "practice", but I must say that I'm a bit disappointed. Not in the equipment, but in the whole concept. Getting used to a monopod setup is a lot more difficult than I expected. At this point I can definitely hand hold the camera more steady than I can with the monopod - not what I expected.
But I do like the ball head a lot. I think it's just going to be a matter of learning to use the monopod. At least I hope so!