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Worth the price point
on July 24, 2013
I bought both this Manfrotto MM394 and the Dolica WT-1003 for comparison because both are great monopods based on the reviews but I wanted to make sure that I make the right decision before settling with one monopod and return the other.
Manfrotto MM394 ($23.95)
Goods: Support up to 9.92lbs
Manfrotto is well-known for their excellent product quality
Bads: It does not include a carrying case (not a deal breaker but it would be nice to have one)
The feet that is touching the ground is made of plastic and there is no retractable steel spike feet
Dolica WT-1003 ($16.42)
Goods: It gives you extra 7 inches (67" vs Manfrotto's 60.04")
Non-skid rubber foot with retractable metal spike feet
Bads: It only support up to 6.7lbs weight
Wrist strap is a flimsy piece of fabric unlike Manfrotto's tough & thick fabric
Verdict: I finally decided to keep this one and returned the Dolica mainly due to its far better weight support. I own a Nikon D800 and a Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 OS therefore having a monopod that can support the weight and still have enough room left makes this a winner. I'm a hobbyist therefore I don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on a monopod that I would not use frequently. For the price point and what it offers, this is definitely a winner.