I wasn't too sure about getting a "Monopod" but I needed something that was easy to carry while out walking that was not bulky or heavy. Decided to buy this one because it was cheap, just to try it out. Well, pleasantly surprised, it does the job great...not as good as a tripod obviously, but better than holding your camera by hand or leaning on walls and fences. Also, I was very surprised at the strength of this monopod. I was expecting it to be quite flimsy, but it isn't, it is very sturdy in use.