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-1 star for the misleading seller // Now I can hold microphones in the air like the cool guys
on June 30, 2012
Mar 18 edit
I like this monopod but the seller, not so much for now.
Dolica (the maker) is misleading Amazon shoppers. They are now selling a completely separate new model, Dolica WT-1010, which is fine, but they merged the new model into the reputation of the older model to inflate the rating and deceive shoppers. Amazon is also part to blame for trying to make it easy by consolidating similar models of numerous electronics into a single page, which in turn combines reviews too and makes all the more confusion.
Go in your search bar and type Dolica WT 1010 and you will see the newly released monopod has a 4.5 rating from 733 reviews. Except it doesn't. All of those reviews apply for the older model and anyone inclined to buy would believe the new model is highly rated, but it isn't. You claim something, but it isn't so, that's fraud isn't it? You look up Manfrotto monopods and see not even a company like them has to resort to such actions.
Due to this, I am downgrading my rating by one star. If the situation changes or the maker provides a satisfactorily response I can just as easily upgrade to before, but not today.
Jan 23, 2015 edit:
Yep still here. Not much as changed since my last revision. A monopod is pretty self explanatory.
Oh. I fixed the loose and shakey tripod head thing whatever you call it (tripod head on a monopod, what). Turns out, the rubber grip, if you slide it downwards it reveals some screws that hold the head together. There's three holes when I checked there were only two screws so either someone in the PRC short changed me or during my photo laden adventures in the past 2.5 years I lost a screw in a place long forgotten. Probably the latter. Oh well, I'll just buy another if I have to. Or save for a better monopod.
But yeah, slide the grip off, tighten the screws, and now the head shouldn't be shaking anymore. For now.
March 25, 2014 edit:
I'd had this for just under two years. After being thrown around, hung from a belt (looks like a baton, agagaga) and now carried in a shotgun scabbard, it has some wear.
The first arm locking mechanism, the inside plastic thing whatever it is, is partially damaged. It can still lock fine but the action isn't smooth anymore.
The monopod head is now slightly loose. Though it can still stabilize a DSLR true to its original intention as I bought it a year or two ago, it's time for me to start thinking of a more pricy replacement.
Nonetheless, at the time it was a proper choice to buy this monopod and for holding audio devices, it will continue to serve well, as it did for the events I've been to that required one.
I'm an aspiring filmmaker in Central Florida.
My DSLR's onboard audio is a terrible 11,000 Hz and does not support inputs of any kind. So I have an external digital recorder that solves that. I also have a tripod, but that's a bit too awkward to hold horizontally. It also makes noise that gets picked up to the recorder because the legs can never be locked fully, no matter the position. Now I needed a way to hold it in the air above actors reading dialogue. It's not quite a professional boom microphone but I imagine anyone who ever purchased a DSLR and one extra lens knows what a budget looks like.
So, I purchased the monopod. Pretty simple to use. And light. Light enough I would not use it as a walking stick but it can handle my DSLR fine. I haven't tried a prosumer camcorder though and considering the prices on those, maybe shouldn't use a monopod on that equipment.
Anyways, it works. There's no rattling or anything on this stick. Only thing that can make noise is the lanyard strap on the head, but I could easily remove it since I don't plan on using it. Otherwise, even when held at a 45 degree angle this stick is stable.
I guess now I have to make sure whoever operates doesn't move their fingers too much so it doesn't get picked up by the DR or check that the preview headphone wires don't bump around the monopod. Still though, if needed, I'd buy another. The price isn't too bad either, at least it wasn't when I paid $14.61 for it. And I'm a shaky hands person so $14.61 for more stable pictures isn't a bad deal, especially with other ones costing $30 around here.