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Giottos MM5580 P-Pod Monopod with Tilt Head

B&H # GIPP Mfr # MM5580
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Product Highlights
  • Maximum Height of 72.8"

The Giottos P-Pod is a professional level aluminum monopod that also has the advantage that it can be stabilized with the three tuck-away support legs (included). The support legs can also be used with the pod head to angle the pod, for low-level or macro work.

Rubber coated grip
Rubber covered leg locks
Tilt head with quick release
Maximum Height 72.8" (1.84 m)
Folded Length 23.6" (60 cm)
Load Capacity 33 lb (15 kg )
Leg Sections 5
Leg Lock Type Twist
Male Thread Size 1/4-20" (includes non-removable tilt head)
Weight 3 lb (1.360 kg)
Giottos MM5580 P-Pod Monopod with Tilt Head
  • Wrist Strap
  • Tilt Head with QR Plate
  • Carrying Bag
  • Limited 12-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    GiottosMM5580 P-Pod Monopod with Tilt Head
     
    3.9

    (based on 25 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    79%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (14)
    • Compact (11)
    • Opens quickly (9)
    • Lightweight (6)
    • Stable (3)

    Cons

    • Heavy (4)
    • Unstable (3)
    • Unstable joints (3)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (12)
    • Sports/action (10)
    • Landscape/scenery (8)
    • Portraits (7)
    • Weddings (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (8), Semi-pro photographer (7), Pro photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (13)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Versatile; good, not great; good price

    Got the P-Pod on a B&H recommendation. Unsure if I was happy at first, but the thing grew on me as I worked with it. I have few complaints, and like...Read complete review

    Got the P-Pod on a B&H recommendation. Unsure if I was happy at first, but the thing grew on me as I worked with it. I have few complaints, and like the price.



    The P-Pod is tall enough to put a stabilized camera at eye-level. Tilt head works well for look-up/-down shots. The round rubber foot is plenty non-skid - doesn't need a "swivel foot" - & it doesn't leave black skid marks behind. Satisfies all my primary functional requirements for a monopod.



    The provided round QR seemed strange (see photo in Accessory list), but it works well. Lock it in place for use; don't leave it loose & swiveling (or don't complain if you do). Adding a full ballhead is overkill here; duplicates most of the build-in swivel head's capabilities. Hand strap's attachment ring rotates around the P-Pod's top section; not a problem if you grip the P-Pod as you should.

    

Adding a QR base, however, *is* beneficial - as long as it's like the one on your tripod, and compatible with the plate already attached to your camera (duh!). Both 3/8"-16 & 1/4"-20 threading provided. Interchange between tripod & P-Pod easily, and quickly drop the P-Pod off the camera as needed (e.g. to safely scoot before the "tripod police" have a chance to intercept you & play dumb about monopods ... ask me how I know!).



    The "legs" (stored inside the lowest section) that screw into tapped holes in the foot do *not* make this a tripod. Even without leg flex (of which there's plenty), there's no way something so tall & skinny with an SLR & lens on top will be stable; it will & does sway like an inverted pendulum.

    But, the legs make this a monopod that stands on its own. It's great for holding a speedlight, or a small diffuser/reflector. I put a Crane accessory shoe on the P-Pod & mount my Nikon SB-900 on that, so I have wireless background/side lighting that stands by itself, at the right height. Used like *that* there's less mass up top & less sway, and flash unit performance tends not to care any way. All this with just the monopod I'm already carrying, plus a tiny accessory shoe (in my pocket along with a gray card).

    

P-Pod *is* rather heavy for size. Fairly sturdy all-metal construction is consistent with P-Pod's 33-lb load rating - clearly for use with heavy but mobile work. Build quality is consistent with price, but that means watching that you don't cross-thread some of the things that screw together - the biggest negative for me. The basic design is sound, but it needs better implementation - carbon fiber, magnesium, etc. Of course, that means a higher price.



    There are 2 extra leg-screw-in holes up near the head. With 2 legs *above* the hand hold, the fully/ partially collapsed pod sections act as the 3rd leg, so the P-Pod becomes a kind of mini-tripod. The Pod's heft helps counter-balance the camera, but with the narrow footprint you need to be careful of tipping. This config is also unexpectedly handy with the pod sections *extended*. I've stabilized against walls, on railings, stairs, tree limbs, etc. ... & still avoided the "tripod police". You *do* have to watch out to not poke people/kids with those high-riding wire legs. I also put the camera down low, & used the extended pod to push the camera under things for some interesting perspectives.

    

Not sure I would've bought the P-Pod if I'd had one in-hand before I bought it; it's not what I expected, nor what I was looking for. I had to use it a few times to see how well it actually met my needs. Now I the P-Pod a lot. It's versatile & compliments my tripod, & I don't feel I need to baby it. It's not a magical camera pod-walking stick, but it *is* a well thought out, well enough made, relatively inexpensive tool. *If* it meets your needs, and you have a little imagination (it's surprising how many photographers don't), then the P-Pod is a very good buy - not great - but very good.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Overrated

    Built like a tank, with rigid leg sections that hardly wobble when monopod is fully extended. this is further complimented by the p-pod's relatively heavy weight.- support legs, as expected, amount to...Read complete review

    Built like a tank, with rigid leg sections that hardly wobble when monopod is fully extended. this is further complimented by the p-pod's relatively heavy weight.- support legs, as expected, amount to little more than a gimmick. when taking into account the small hassle involved in attaching/removing them, their usefulness goes from negligible to non-existant. - tilt head is reasonably functional, but coupled with a terribly shoddy quick-release system, which is prone to fist-shaking amounts of rotation and shakiness. had giottos not been taking a [*] when deciding whether or not to make their tilt head REMOVABLE, the p-pod could have been a wonderful tool. unfortunately, though, giottos dropped the ball. they dropped it, then waited patiently for the neighborhood bully to punt it over the fence, into that yard with the angry pitbull.in all seriousness, giottos hasn't put together a horrible monopod - but you'd be much better off simply forking over the extra cash for a gitzo and a decent tilt head. at least then you wouldn't feel forced to compensate for your wasted $100 by fawning (as i'd seen in so many forums - a contributing factor in my purchase) over a monopod that deserves little more than the customary at least you tried pat on the head.bottom-line: i took a gamble, knowing that the p-pod's non-removable head could take the rest of the package down in flames with it. i lost the bet, and so will you.buy something else. there's worse out there, but not for this price.

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    4.0

    Good but not incredible

    By Irav CL

    from Chile

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Opens Quickly
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Unstable

    Best Uses

    • Home
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel

    Comments about Giottos MM5580 P-Pod Monopod with Tilt Head:

    This is the first monopod I own ever, so I cannot talk with other reference, but anyway comparing it with what I expected I found:

    - Very sturdy construction.
    - Fast operation as monopod.
    - Useful height as it can go over eyesight.
    - Attachable legs give you de opportunity to stabilize a little further.

    All those are good qualities, but I have had some key problems while using the legs.

    First, it takes time to screw them in. They should have been retractable or use another type of attaching system.
    I used them to stabilize everything so I can loose the camera completely and do something else with my hands. Well, that is the purpose of making something to stand on it's own, right?

    So when you are in a little hurry, (e.g. to take a special pic with you in it) it takes valuable time to set them up. And walking around with them it could be really awkward and/or uncomfortable, specially in crowded places. (e.g. concerts, busy squares, etc). You have to be careful with them.

    Another downside of these legs is that the camera loses the flat plane. At least in mine the camera tends to tilt a little bit, and I'm NOT talking about the tilt-head. It's just NOT 100% vertical. And the taller you get, the worse it gets.
    It's not a big deal when you are taking pictures where the framing is not that important, or at low heights. Because you can correct it with a few clicks afterwards. (Unless you hate post-prod or just don't do it).
    But as I just said, when framing does matter, you are forced to hold-on to the camera to make sure that you don't lose your framing through the tilting.
    I took some pics on a cruise-ship and it was quite hard with all the movement (was a little shaky during the shooting). I almost had to hug the whole thing to get it steady. It's like a pendulum.

    Apart from that issue with the legs everything is cool. I would change the head or locking system anytime but at least gets the job done.
    Anyway I guess after a some intense use I will loose some trust in it, specially when I tilt the camera down. If it's not locked properly you could end with a lot of broken glass on the floor. And with a huge feeling of regret of buying it. So even with legs, I try to hang the camera strap on my neck or give it a few turns over my arm, just to be sure.

    It was really helpful while traveling. I went to Rome during August (crowded as hell), and I could manage to take nice and important pictures even while being surrounded by moving people. I had to correct the tilting in some of them but it's ok.

    It's a fun monopod, it feels pretty nice on hand and well built overall, but it has it's key disadvantages or weaknesses; Legs and locking system.

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    4.0

    More than just a monopod

    By Michael

    from Long Island, NY

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Travel
    • Wildlife

    Comments about Giottos MM5580 P-Pod Monopod with Tilt Head:

    The tuck away support legs are a treat. The two threaded holes under Tilt Head allow the monopod to convert to a very low, but useful tripod. I used it at the beach to catch incoming waves perfectly without having to dig into the sand. The quick release feature requires unscrewing a set screw, but the platform is very secure. It's heavier than you might think, but the extra length allows for some creative skyward shots. Overall, I'm very happy.

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    5.0

    Pleasantly surprised

    By GadgetPundit.

    from West Hartford CT

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Heavy Duty
    • Strong Construction
    • Value

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Lightstand
    • Portraits
    • Travel
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Giottos MM5580 P-Pod Monopod with Tilt Head:

    One forgets that lightweight can be a problem at times. I purchased this monopod in order to have one that can serve well with a temporary tripod functionality. The monopod to tripod transition is easy enough, not slick but very well designed (the tripod extensions store in the bottom) . They by screwing them into the holes. Speaking of holes there are two more at the top of the tripod that allows for low level bracing.. This particular model is very well machined and offers versatility I did not expect in a monopod at under $US . BECAUSE it is a little heavier than most the ability to mound an led light with in tripod mode just plus and one does not need to worry too much about it tipping over.As a monopod I love that the head has two mounts 1/4 and 3/8 . I was purchasing this with less in mind than what it actually does. I think this will be my go to carry along mono / tripod at all times. (Weight not withstanding)

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    5.0

    Awesome Monopod!

    By cbjetboy

    from Cove TX

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Lightweight
    • Opens Quickly
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Night Shots
      • Portraits
      • Sports/Action
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Giottos MM5580 P-Pod Monopod with Tilt Head:

      Easy to use and I love the small rods for a tripod bottom. I use it to hold flash heads and when a tripod is too bulky.

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      4.0

      Very handy

      By Video & Photo Guy

      from Landover, MD

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Portraits
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Giottos MM5580 P-Pod Monopod with Tilt Head:

        I really like the versatility of this monopod. I was able to shoot a basket ball game with the tripod attachment legs.I wish the three legs were joined by a screw in head that allows you to attach it to the monopod and then lock the legs because set-up would be quicker but for the price this is a great heavy duty monopod.

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        5.0

        Great monopod - no aching back!

        By ScottyH

        from Chicago, Il

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Opens Quickly
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Giottos MM5580 P-Pod Monopod with Tilt Head:

          Used the monopod a few weeks back in sub zero weather. Locks were easy to operate while wearing gloves, I never felt the thing slip all day. Had a 6lb lens on my camera & had no concerns.
          Didn't use the "tripod" legs, I actually took them out to save some weight (not that it's particularly heavy). I loved the fact that this got the viewfinder up to eye level for me without forcing me to hunch over. I'm 6' 1", and not getting any younger, so that was a huge plus for me.
          Tilt head was good, nothing remarkable. Sturdy and got the job done without coming me any concern. And frankly, isn't that what gear is supposed to do?

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          5.0

          i would buy this product, multi tasking.

          By AYONG

          from MILPITAS, CA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Lightweight
          • Opens Quickly
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Weak Clamps

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Portraits
          • Sports/Action
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Giottos MM5580 P-Pod Monopod with Tilt Head:

          it's a multi tasking product, Ez to use, affordability, portability, compact. light weight and quality.

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          1.0

          Showed promise.but disappointed

          By FPS

          from Halifax, NS

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Unstable
            • Unstable Joints
            • Weak Clamps

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Giottos MM5580 P-Pod Monopod with Tilt Head:

            I fell in love with this monopod when I pulled it out of the box. I felt well built, loved the tabletop ability to use two legs and the swivel head was surprisingly fluid.
            But I was put off by the three support legs needing to be screwed in. Photography is dominated by bayonet mounting and yet here was a system where I needed to twist, twist, twist, twist, twist a leg into place and then twist, twist, twist, twist, twist a leg out again (for each of three legs).
            But I still liked it. So I took it out for a shoot and 1 hour into shooting I looked down to see the tripod of legs and the rubber foot had literally fallen off (!). I had assumed I just didn't turn it enough times or that I had "panned off" the foot somehow (not really likely). But the foot wouldn't go back on. It had somehow (and I honestly don't know how) fallen off it's steel threads and refused to thread back on in any way.
            Too bad.

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            4.0

            MHMONOPODMH5580 P-Pod Monopod with Tilt

            By MANNY

            from COBOROJO PR

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Opens Quickly
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Portraits
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Giottos MM5580 P-Pod Monopod with Tilt Head:

              THIS IS A GOOD MONOPND IT HELPS KEEP MY CAM FROM MOVENG WHIN ZOOMING IN
              THE TILT HEAD ALSO WORKS VERY GOOD
              YOU HAVE A GOOD PRODUCT WITH A GOOD PRICE
              IF I NEED AN EXTER MONOPOD I WILL GET ANOTHER
              MH5580P-POD MONOPOD

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              1.0

              FAILS TO PERFORM

              By Zac

              from Melbourne Australia

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Unstable
              • Unstable Joints

              Best Uses

                Comments about Giottos MM5580 P-Pod Monopod with Tilt Head:

                Bad design
                Unstable
                The 3 screw-in legs bend
                A ZERO performer

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                4.0

                Excellent for travel Shooting.

                By DAK

                from Summerfield, Florida

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Lightweight
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Portraits
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Giottos MM5580 P-Pod Monopod with Tilt Head:

                  Ussing for travel photography where a larger tripod would just not work. Great for caring onto airlines, light weight, strong and doubles as for protection.

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                  3.0

                  Stripped Threads

                  By LGS101

                  from Galveston TX

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Opens Quickly

                  Cons

                  • Unstable Joints
                  • Weak screwed joints

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action

                  Comments about Giottos MM5580 P-Pod Monopod with Tilt Head:

                  I have had three chances to use this since purchasing last fall. Worked great until threaded connection at top of shaft stripped out.I'm trying to repair with epoxy to at least salvage this for a while.

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                  4.0

                  Quick and durable

                  By JM

                  from Salt Lake Ciry

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Lightweight
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Sports/Action
                    • Video

                    Comments about Giottos MM5580 P-Pod Monopod with Tilt Head:

                    I use this for sports production and it has been great to use. It is durable, reliable. And easy to use. Highly recommended

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                    4.0

                    Not the best, but a good item

                    By Alxmountainman

                    from Denver, CO

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Opens Quickly
                    • Solid
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Tripod not convenient

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Giottos MM5580 P-Pod Monopod with Tilt Head:

                    It is a great tool, except for the fact that every time that you want to use the SCREW-ON iron rods to make it a tripod, you have to dismantle the monopod. That is very inconvenient! In addition, the rods are not the easiest to screw on, since they have to be in perfect angle.
                    Also, I'm not sure if the release plate is an advantage or a disadvantage, since it can get lost easier, specially if I have to remove it to switch to a tripod with different release platte.
                    Doing the job, it is a wonderful, sturdy, and professional tool.
                    Over all, I'm happy with it, but not overly astonished.

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                    5.0

                    As described/expected--Great!

                    By DBChas

                    from Los Angeles, CA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Opens Quickly
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Giottos MM5580 P-Pod Monopod with Tilt Head:

                        [...] Reviews help too, but for the ones that complain bitterly when something isn't what they expected. What were they expecting? Something other than what's accurately described?Someone complained it's not an adequate walking stick. Where is the claim made that it's supposed to be a walking stick? If a walking stick is what is desired then buy that and get a ball head that might attach to the top. A walking stick probably shouldn't be collapsable, especially when terrain is remotely rugged. Monopods are designed to hold photo equipment not human beings.There's only one thing wrong with this monopod. It lacks registration marks to aid in setting to absolute vertical. So I put some tape on it, vertically—spanning from the head to the top of the post just below where the wrist strap is attached. I cut the tape at the wrist strap ring and at the tilt and that was that. Well, not before getting it set to absolute vertical. Otherwise, very sturdy and not really all that heavy in the bag strapped over one's shoulder, and nice-looking too. Unlike these things that look like storks trying to stand on one (or three, for that matter) leg after sustaining four or five compound fractures. Those levers are a pain, and add a lot to bulk even when they are well made. (I know, I also have a Manfrotto tripod, that's made of the same material as this monopod near as I can tell. Levers are all over the place!) The wrist strap and padding are perfectly designed to hold this thing. The fact the wrist strap is attached by a loose wring matters too. One can keep holding while turning, if necessary.It's very well designed in a world of things very badly designed. Including a simple enough quick-release type head. Unusual, but functional enough and certainly solid! The whole thing is very solid, strictly as a monopod.The Giotto will act as a tripod in a crunch, though if one wants to lighten the weight one need only remove the legs from the bottom tube and leave them home. As one reviewer noted, it works best as a tripod when legs are inserted to two holes just below the head—making for a mini-tripod. Attaching legs to the bottom three holes to stand up the monopod does not make for so sturdy an arrangement, obviously. Still, sturdy enough to hold a PnS or a smaller DSLR or old SLR for a decent interval, if not for 20 minutes or all night while photographing stars. It's not designed to do that; tripods are. One can use a tripod as a monopod too if one doesn't mind the extra weight.This is as sturdy a cross-over as one is likely ever to find, short of carbon fiber at four or five times the price. And then you'd have another kind of weight problem because, however stiff, not heavy enough to stay put, which is the problem with overpriced carbon fiber tri- and monopods. (Great for bicycles though.)Sorry to "fawn," but I got what I expected and a little more. 'Cept for missing registration marks. Sleek

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                        3.0

                        Not what I expected

                        By Paul

                        from Roanoke, VA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Giottos MM5580 P-Pod Monopod with Tilt Head:

                              I wanted a monopod with tilt head. This one is heavy as it is all aluminum. The tilt head does not work very well and I tend to expect alot from my gear. It would probably be better to have a monopod and attach a ballhead of your choice to it.

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                              5.0

                              Just the right combination

                              By Bob F.

                              from Chuluota, Florida

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Lightweight
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                              • None

                              Best Uses

                              • Home
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Shots
                              • Travel
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Giottos MM5580 P-Pod Monopod with Tilt Head:

                              The MH5580 P-Pod Monopod with Tilt Head by Giottos is the righ combination of stability and weight.

                              For the moment, I'd have to say that I made and excellent choice by picking out the MH5580 by Giottos over all the other choices that I looked at.

                              Thanks to Giottos and B&H Photo!

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                              5.0

                              Great Sturdy MonoPod

                              By PaulO

                              from Annapolis, MD

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Opens Quickly
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Sports/Action
                                • Travel
                                • Wildlife

                                Comments about Giottos MM5580 P-Pod Monopod with Tilt Head:

                                This is a very solid monopod for a great price considering it includes the head. If you are looking for a small, lightweight monopod, this is not for you. I use it all of the time now. It hasn't replaced my tri-pod, but I can use it for the majority of the same shots. As others have stated, the legs don't work all that great as a true tripod. They are very thin and it become more like a shock absorbing spring. However, they do work great mounted towards the head.

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                                4.0

                                Versatile; good, not great; good price

                                By Rob

                                from Baltimore-Washington Corridor, MD

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Good Cost-Quality Ratio
                                • Good Stability
                                • Unfolds Quickly
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                • Can be Noisy
                                • Cross-Threading Risks
                                • Heavy

                                Best Uses

                                • Low-Profile Stabilization
                                • Non-Camera Support
                                • Shooting Mobility
                                • Stabilization

                                Comments about Giottos MM5580 P-Pod Monopod with Tilt Head:

                                Got the P-Pod on a B&H recommendation. Unsure if I was happy at first, but the thing grew on me as I worked with it. I have few complaints, and like the price.



                                The P-Pod is tall enough to put a stabilized camera at eye-level. Tilt head works well for look-up/-down shots. The round rubber foot is plenty non-skid - doesn't need a "swivel foot" - & it doesn't leave black skid marks behind. Satisfies all my primary functional requirements for a monopod.



                                The provided round QR seemed strange (see photo in Accessory list), but it works well. Lock it in place for use; don't leave it loose & swiveling (or don't complain if you do). Adding a full ballhead is overkill here; duplicates most of the build-in swivel head's capabilities. Hand strap's attachment ring rotates around the P-Pod's top section; not a problem if you grip the P-Pod as you should.

                                

Adding a QR base, however, *is* beneficial - as long as it's like the one on your tripod, and compatible with the plate already attached to your camera (duh!). Both 3/8"-16 & 1/4"-20 threading provided. Interchange between tripod & P-Pod easily, and quickly drop the P-Pod off the camera as needed (e.g. to safely scoot before the "tripod police" have a chance to intercept you & play dumb about monopods ... ask me how I know!).



                                The "legs" (stored inside the lowest section) that screw into tapped holes in the foot do *not* make this a tripod. Even without leg flex (of which there's plenty), there's no way something so tall & skinny with an SLR & lens on top will be stable; it will & does sway like an inverted pendulum.

                                But, the legs make this a monopod that stands on its own. It's great for holding a speedlight, or a small diffuser/reflector. I put a Crane accessory shoe on the P-Pod & mount my Nikon SB-900 on that, so I have wireless background/side lighting that stands by itself, at the right height. Used like *that* there's less mass up top & less sway, and flash unit performance tends not to care any way. All this with just the monopod I'm already carrying, plus a tiny accessory shoe (in my pocket along with a gray card).

                                

P-Pod *is* rather heavy for size. Fairly sturdy all-metal construction is consistent with P-Pod's 33-lb load rating - clearly for use with heavy but mobile work. Build quality is consistent with price, but that means watching that you don't cross-thread some of the things that screw together - the biggest negative for me. The basic design is sound, but it needs better implementation - carbon fiber, magnesium, etc. Of course, that means a higher price.



                                There are 2 extra leg-screw-in holes up near the head. With 2 legs *above* the hand hold, the fully/ partially collapsed pod sections act as the 3rd leg, so the P-Pod becomes a kind of mini-tripod. The Pod's heft helps counter-balance the camera, but with the narrow footprint you need to be careful of tipping. This config is also unexpectedly handy with the pod sections *extended*. I've stabilized against walls, on railings, stairs, tree limbs, etc. ... & still avoided the "tripod police". You *do* have to watch out to not poke people/kids with those high-riding wire legs. I also put the camera down low, & used the extended pod to push the camera under things for some interesting perspectives.

                                

Not sure I would've bought the P-Pod if I'd had one in-hand before I bought it; it's not what I expected, nor what I was looking for. I had to use it a few times to see how well it actually met my needs. Now I the P-Pod a lot. It's versatile & compliments my tripod, & I don't feel I need to baby it. It's not a magical camera pod-walking stick, but it *is* a well thought out, well enough made, relatively inexpensive tool. *If* it meets your needs, and you have a little imagination (it's surprising how many photographers don't), then the P-Pod is a very good buy - not great - but very good.

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                                4.0

                                Heavy but handy

                                By LAOR

                                from México

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                                Pros

                                • Folds Small
                                • Good Stability

                                Cons

                                • Heavy

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                                Comments about Giottos MM5580 P-Pod Monopod with Tilt Head:

                                I use this for my 50mm f1.8 and it is of a great help.

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