Monopods are the best stabilising platform when dealing with fast-moving and evolving scenes, or when space is at a premium. With only around a third of a tripod’s weight and components, a monopod makes setting up for your shot quicker and simpler. As soon as that’s done, you can easily pick up your camera, lens and monopod setup and speed down the sidelines of a sports event or move around in a packed arena. Most monopods are strong enough to support heavier cameras and lenses, and, with their slender profiles, easier to collapse and fit into a bag.
Both tripods and monopods have their place in a photographer’s kit. It is important to note that each has its own focused uses and that you select one that’s suitable for the shooting situation you will be in.
Monopods have three main advantages over regular tripods: they’re more portable, faster to set up, and take up less space when in use.
Even when your camera bag is full of lenses and other equipment, a monopod can easily slip into or attach to the side of your bag. A tripod, by contrast, would take up about three times more space since it has three legs compared to the monopod’s one.
This also means there’s less weight to carry around—a big bonus when you need to carry your setup from one area to another. So if you’re following the action at a footy game or tracking birds or animals in the wild, you can quickly move your setup and compose your shot.
Faster to set up
With only one leg to operate, a monopod is three times faster to set up than a tripod. Once your camera or lens is securely attached to the head, all you need to do is undo the clasps, lock them down and you’re ready to shoot. Some monopods have a twist-and-turn system that, with practice, is just as easy and quick to use. This feature again makes the monopod the choice in fast-paced shooting situations.
Takes up less space
When a tripod is set up, it forms a pyramid. In a wide, open area or a studio, this isn’t much of a problem; however, it can be in smaller or more crowded areas such as balconies or clubs. Here is where the monopod comes into its own. With its single-leg footprint, it can be placed as close to you as possible while still being kept balanced and stable.
From a lightweight monopod for DSLR shooters on the move to a fluid head monopod kit for videographers, CameraPro has a solution for you. We stock a range of high quality monopods, monopod heads and kits from leading manufacturers including Benro, Gitzo, Manfrotto and Vanguard, all with 100% genuine manufacturer warranties.