Upload & Sell: Off
So I went by CarrySpeed HQ today to look/buy the prototype. Unfortunately the prototype is different from the actual retail model in 2 major ways:
1) The length markings are on the lower leg section on the prototype compared to the middle section in the retain model
2) The prototype did not have a mounting plate on the right side up, and meant I could only use the 1/4" adapter on the other side meant for GoPro and P&S cameras
I thus did not buy the prototype and was promised the 1st retail model once they get them from China. Quick thoughts on the MoGoPod:
1) Ridiculously light, maybe 1.5 lb or so at max. I was able to compare it to the Manfrotto 561BHDV-1 side to side and it makes the Manfrotto look huge in comparison
2) The leg sections are decently sized, but smaller than the ones on the Manfrotto.
3) I was able to load a 70-200 IS II on the side with the screw using a small Benro B1 ballhead and it was very stable
4) If enough pressure was put on either end, the monopod would collapse into the folded stage. One drawback of having the quick unfolding step. It took a lot of pressure though, and I think it should be able to handle a 500mm f/4 II lens at least. Again- this is the prototype and the retail model seems to be better looking at their schematic designs.
5) The stabilizing foot accessory was not available to take a look, but I did handle 2 other accessories for the MoGoPod. One is a phone holder than screws in the lower end to take pictures/videos from phones and similar sized devices. The other is a friction arm with 2 ball joint sockets for free motion of devices such as a GoPro and anything else that takes in a 1/4" (or 3/8" with a thread bushing) screw.
6) Retail version will be sold at Photoplus and online from the next day, at $65 each for just the monopod. Accessories extra.
7) First gen is mostly catered to GoPro/P&S shooters although I think it is plenty strong to handle most DSLR kits.
8) I will have my hands on the retail version soon (before Photoplus as per Tim) and will be able to give a good review then.
Overall thoughts: Very impressive, great potential so far. I will see if version 1 is good enough for me. Tim keeps upgrading his products so buying immediately could be a double-edged sword. He is already working on the FS-Pro mark II sling! I am glad to report he is very seriously considering a Manfrotto/Arca Swiss universal release mounting plate design now. Other things he would not tell me
P.S. Tim does not allow pictures inside his HQ (for reasons I totally understand) so I have no pictures for you guys- yet!