I had major doubts if this was a good enough monopod to but for a 500 mm lens. I was so wrong, bought this a month ago and I am loving it. Worth every penny, very strong and looks very classy. Also I am 6'2" and most other pods just stop at around 5'8", but not this one. All in all very happy with this. * Cons: No spiked feet and no ball head include, but for the price, its a steal. * Pros: Very light weight and sturdy, can handle a 500 mm sigma lens very easily. Looks classy.