- After having carefully reviewed the market for a monopod to carry my Canon 40d with a Sigma 150-500 Review by Niklas Axheimer
After having read great Feisol reviews I bought myself the CM-1471- The whole ordering process was hassle free, and customer support is great. The monopod comes with a simple bag, and a handy tool to chande the main thread. The monopod is very light weight, and the build quality is superior. I simply cant give it enough praise. The locks are easy to work and lock instantly. The fitting of the separate parts are impressively tight.
This is simply an outstanding product offered at a _very_ competetive price!
- The Larger monopod feisol offers Review by Ancient City Photo
At almost 1.5", the main leg is HUGE. I am quite impressed by their quality for the price you pay. Im always a bit hesitant with price outliers in the the competition, but Feisol is definitely there! Solid! Their website says 66 inches long...im measuring 67.5. With an RRS panning clamp and a 5DmkII and L clamp, the eye piece is at 72 inches.
I can fully extend the monopod and hold it out from the second and third leg to get my camera into higher vantage pointers and it barely stresses or bends. Very impresses considering how most tripods that were $200+ had spindly little legs at the bottom that I thought would snap just under my own weight leaning on them.
The feisol has a very solid plate. There is a wrist strap...but I might swap it out for a longer and sturdier strap. The hand grip is thick and well padded. The carrying case it came with is actually well padded too!
This is NOT a dinky little "attach to your shoulder bag monopod for hiking" that can really only hold your point and shoot but is claimed to hold a lot more. The 1471 is HUGE. I needed this for vantage point extensions with my fisheye, as well as something to support the 300 and 400 superteles. It does so easily and can take even more. Insanely solid.
For under $100, it quite possibly is the single best deal out there! I was originally looking towards some of the large Gitzos to replace my tripod as well....but I think now i will definitely be going with the Feisol CT-3472. It looks like its basically three of these monopods with a solid base! Awesome.
Quick Add: One big difference between the Gitzo carbon and feisol... The Feisol feels SOOO MUCH better in touch. The carbon has a smoother surface, not by much...but enough to make a difference. The Gitzos always drove me crazy because it felt like a nail across a chalkboard if my nails were to run across it! Very annoying. Feisol has a much nicer surface texture!
- Just so you know how much I love my CM-1471 Review by Dan