Manfrotto MM294C4 Series 294, 4 Section Carbon Monopod
Manfrotto is owned by the same company that owns Gitzo and makes a wide variety of camera and video support equipment, more so than their upscale sister company. You can find a wide variety of Manfrotto products on Hollywood sets as well as professional photography studios. They make entry-level aluminum supports all the way up to more professional goods with the 294 Carbon Fiber Monopod falls closer to the latter.
Manfrotto's 294 4-Section Carbon Fiber Monopod uses multi-layer carbon fiber leg segments to reduce weight and vibration, but keeps the cost more manageable by using flip locks instead of the twist locks like the others on our list. Flip locks tend to weigh more and be more bulky than twist locks and require a little more maintenance to keep them locking at sufficiently. However, they are easy to use and cheaper to make, meaning the savings get passed on to you.
The 294 is rated at a respectable 11.02 pounds and weighs just over 1 pound itself. Granted, it's not the sturdiest or lightest pick on this list, but it's also the cheapest. Despite the price, you’re still getting a well-made, dependable monopod capable of performing in most situations exceptionally well. If you'relooking to get yourself a monopod, and wish to test the waters in this product category without investing a large chunk of change, check out the Manfrotto 294.