I received a monopod for Christmas and I tried to play with it once but I was really uncomfortable with it especially because when I have my 80-200 lens on there plus the weight of the camera body - I just don't want to drop it. I know those magnets are strong but I still don't trust them. Having said that, I need to find something - A couple of weeks ago I was a horse show for one full day of classes - that was on a Saturday, on Sunday I had to try to convince my Basset Hounds that they had to walk themselves and get my coffee because my shoulders hurt so badly after holding that up all day - 2700 photos later...I was cooked - physically done. My monopod is made by Trek - I know I've got to get comfortable with using something or else it's off to the gym for some shoulder strengthening. Thanks!