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- Ultra-light weight aluminum alloy construction, able to support up to 6.7 lbs.
- Four leg sections with non-skid rubber foot.
- Ideal for both indoor and outdoor surfaces.
- Built-in adjustable wrist strap.
- Includes carrying bag.
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|Item Dimensions||2 x 21.3 x 2 in||1.77 x 1.77 x 21.45 in||2 x 2.25 x 23.25 in||2 x 2 x 22.5 in||4 x 15.35 x 4 in||2 x 2 x 67 in|
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|Size||WT-1003 67'' Lightweight||—||2.2 x 2 x 23.2 inches||full-size||—||—|
Dolica’s 67" Light-Weight Monopod is ideal for both indoor and outdoor photography It is perfect for events, sports activity, capturing that one amazing shot Designed for use with small Point-N-Shoot cameras or 35mm cameras Features: Ultra light-weight construction and able to support up to 6.7 lbs 4 leg sections and extendable legs with non-skid rubber tip feet, built-in adjustable wrist strap, includes tripod bag.
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The best portable monopod for every photographer
The Dolica WT-1003 is a basic monpod that give you the most portability for your buck! You can take it to family events like football, baseball, hockey, tennis, swimming games, parties, graduations, weddings, or any event where you need a stabilized camera or camcorder. You can be over 6 feet tall or 3 feet tall and still maximise your point of interest. The NBR foam grips offer superior comfort through out your photoshoot. On cold occasions, we all know any kind of metallic alloys gets a bit cold, and thats why we include the foam grip. We have a four section leg to accomdate high to low angle shots and flip locks to quickly lower or highten your monopod. This monopod can be placed anywhere, it can stand on any soft surface like natural wood, or can withstand on any rugged terrain like the landscapes of the Yosemite National Park!
This monopod is basic and fits all your needs while stabilizing your camera or camcorder during any event!
- Lighweight aluminum for easy mobility
- grooved monood poles increase structural stability
- retractable spike rubber feet
- NBR grip on top of monopod for increase handling
- built-in wrist strap prevents monopod from falling from hand
- maximum operating height: 67 inches
- minimum operating height: 21.3 inches
- folded height: 21.3 inches
- net weight: 0.8 lbs
- max operating load: 6.7 lbs
- number of leg sections: 4
- base thread: 1/4 inch
- material: aluminum alloy
- 1 year warranty
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This is a full-size monopod---not a gorilla of a monopod, but full-size. Ironically the very same monopod is sold under different brandnames as a "light weight", as a "heavy duty", and as a "professional" monopod---it is NONE of these. Given that it is actually an average weight (at best), light-duty, amateur monopod, it is an excellent design, and a very good value.
The monopod is NOT "professional grade", meaning that it probably will NOT stand up to abuse, and/or constant use, and/or a heavy cameras with a 1000mm lens. Nevertheless a careful pro who occassional uses a monopod for a small to medium-size camera (or is careful to balance larger loads) would probably be very pleased with it. It does everything a monopod should do, and does those things well. It operates quickly and easily, and is very sturdy, proving solid support. Read the 1-star reviews carefully, but take them "with a grain of salt."
IDENTICAL MONOPODS WITH OTHER BRANDNAMES (may be cheaper)
Except for a very slightly different grip, the Dolica is absolutely identical with the Vivitar VIV-VT-67 67-Inch Monopod or the AmazonBasics AmazonBasics 67-Inch Monopod. Except for a green case, the Opteka MP100 67" Professional Heavy Duty Photo / Video Monopod is absolutely identical to the Dolica. Exactly the same monopod is sold under the "Digital Pro" brandname.
> Length: 21 ¼" long fully-collapsed; 67" tall fully extended
> Diameter: uppermost section is 1"; foam grip 1 3/8"; strap ferrule 1 ½"
> Weight: 14 oz; case 3 oz; total 17 oz
> Maximum Height: 67", more than tall enough for most purposes.
> Minimum Height: 21", 23--24" with a (virtually required) ballhead/tilt-head is a little tall for some closeup nature subjects.
> Head (camera threads, etc.): The design is odd, with an free-wheeling plastic collar around a small metal stem (and camera threads), the collar is free-wheeling so that it will not scratch the base of your camera--but you still have to rotate the monopod or your camera to screw them together, or apart. (A few confused reviewers thought that they could just turn the collar to attach/detach the camera, and when that didn't work, they thought it was broken. Turning the collar doesn't do anything, that's just the way it is). Reportedly the metal stem breaks off if you put it under alot of strain (such as a heavy camera). Then, because the attached collar is free-wheeling, it is very difficult to remove the stem from your camera. If that happens, I suspect that you could glue the collar to the stem with a little crazy-glue and then easily unscrew it from your camera. The problem is best avoided by simply NOT attaching your camera directly to the monopod. Instead always used a "quick connect", a tilt head, or a ball head (see below).
> Lanyard: adequate for hanging the monopod from a hook, but too weak to rely on for as a walking stick hand strap.
> Grip: Foam rubber, provides good grip and cushion.
> Body: Channels prevent rotation.
> Thumb locks: Operate quickly and smoothly, and lock securely---actually just a tad too easily. I fear that with a little wear, that the locks will slip. Unlike the less convenient "twist to lock" design (used on many other monopods/tripods), you can't just "twist harder"---there is nothing you can do if the lock doesn't hold. Honestly, I am torn about applying a little silicon grease to the locks to minimize wear, and the concern that the grease might encourage slipping. If you get one with tight leg locks, the silicon grease is highly recommended, it will both make the action smoother and protect against wear---lightly apply to the levers where they rub against the monopod column. Permatex 22058 Dielectric Tune-up Grease - 3 oz. Note that unlike petroleum grease, silicon grease does not damage plastic or attract dirt.
> Tip: Metal tip for hard surfaces; plastic tip screws out over metal tip for indoor surfaces. Neither tip can come loose and get lost. The metal tip is not particularly sharp, and the plastic tip is not soft. That is, the metal tip might slip on smooth rocks, and while the plastic tip will protect most indoor surfaces from scratches, it does little to protect your camera from the jarring of impacts (which is VERY bad for cameras). Therefore it is best NOT to leave your camera on your monopod if you use the monopod as a walking stick. A "quick connect" such as Sima Quick Connect for Tripod can be handy.
> Case: Rugged, attractive black nylon, with full-length zipper and an adjustable shoulder strap. Unfortunately the case will not close with a ball head attached. The usual plastic fittings will not rust, but can be broken by abusive use.
AS A TRAVEL MONOPOD
At 21" collapsed the monopod is too large to fit in most airplane carry-on luggage. Airport security will probably confiscate it if found. 17oz is on the heavy side for travel. For travel, I use a very similar Norazza Monopod-lightweight TD140, which collapses to 15 ½" x ¾" diameter, weighs only 7oz, but is too short (52") for birding and some other situations. But see my review for suggestions about extensions.
AS A TRAVEL MONOPOD / WALKING STICK / HIKING POLE
A proper hiking pole needs a substantial strap, so that you do not have to have a death-grip on the grip for hours at a time. The supplied lanyard is totally inadequate for this purpose and cannot be replaced with a more substantial strap. However, if use a ballhead, you can install the ends of a replacement strap beneath the ball head. I have not found replacement straps for sale---but you can make one from a 12" length of 1" black nylon webbing you probably have lying around form old equipment---use a soldering gun to cauterize a ~1/4" hole in the webbing, 1/2" from each end. For travel, when I will be hiking, I use a Stansport Outdoorsman Trekking Pole which has camera threads (and therefore can be used as a monopod), and has a very sharp metal tip for gripping ice or rocks and a very shock absorbing rubber tip for indoor surfaces (but I use the rubber tip outdoors to protect my camera from jarring).
MANY reviewers report that the head (where your camera screws onto the monopod) can break off attached to your camera, and then can be difficult to remove from your camera. The best insurance against damage to your camera is to use a ball-head or tilt head, which I consider essential anyway (or a "quick connect" see above). For example, Professional Mini Ball Head Camera Mount which is adequate for small to medium-size cameras. Unfortunately the monopod will not fit in the case with the ball-head attached. The silicon grease I mentioned earlier will also make the action of a ball head smoother---usually only a concern shooting video on a tripod, but it's worth knowing. But keep the silicon very far from your lens---it may be very difficult to remove.
BALL HEAD OR TILTHEAD
For video, when you will never take verticals---a tilt head is by far the best solution, the limited motion is more controllable. Manfrotto 234 Monopod Tilt Head (Replaces 3232) But for stills, when you may want to take an occasional vertical, a ball-head is prefered. A compound tripod head offers both options, but requires at least three hands, one to hold the monopod, one (or two) to operate the head, and one for your camera---in contrast, you can hold the monopod and operate a ball-head or tilt-head with one hand.
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I'm not sure if I got a defective unit or what, but I could not get the rubber foot to come off or pull back; there's no instructions. I shouldn't be that hard, but I just couldn't figure out how to use the spike. More importantly, I thought it would have a 1/4" screw connection for a tripod; it did not. Or, at least, because I couldn't get to the threaded spike, it didn't. I had mainly intended to use it with a GoPro and a "Three Feet Support Holder Stand Base for Digital SLR Camera Camcorder and Monopod Unipod with 1/4 Screw". Thus, I returned it.
To be just, it was a nice monopod; the foot just wasn't versatile enough to work with a GoPro and a stand.