A monopod… let me think… At this point in time, you are carrying some gear the requires a good, sturdy … what about • weight? • max height? • min height? • closed size? • are you a hiker, biker, or… • a head, what type?
… with so little info from your part, here is my recommendation.
Don't buy a monopod elsewhere than a photo store you trust where they may guide you, inform you and possibly lend or rent you one for a day, so you would have a better understanding of what a monopod is.
Please understand that the choice is immense, the prices range from $30 and even less to over $ 1,000. and the right ones for you are in there…
It all depends on the parameters:
• weight? • max height? • min height? • closed size? • are you a hiker, biker, or… • a head, what type?
Sun 12-May-13 08:57 PM | edited Mon 13-May-13 12:25 AM by jacsr
I use the Feisol 1471 it has the same specs as one leg of their series 4 tripod. You can see the specs here. I have used it with a 500/4 AF-S II and it has worked very well. Since monopods are relatively light (1-2lbs) and since it is a single leg they are fairly easy to carry in backpacks and other bags.
As others have suggested you can get a monopod head or even use a light weight ball head like the Markins Q3.