Velbon Pole Pod II £89, $195

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Here’s a mono­pod that’s more like a tri­pod with a very long cen­tre col­umn. The flip-out legs are a two-sec­tion de­sign with three an­gle op­tions to help your Nikon stay up­right on slop­ing ground.

With the feet fully ex­tended and spread, the Pole Pod II is sta­ble enough to use as a free­stand­ing table­top tri­pod, or you can mount your Nikon straight to the base and use it as a mini tri­pod. Re­fit the leg and you’ve got the tallest van­tage point avail­able from any mono­pod in this test, reach­ing 179.2cm at full stretch – and the ball head means you can shoot from all an­gles.

The Pole Pod II is re­mark­ably light at 960g, but that’s partly due to some cheap-feel­ing ma­te­ri­als that limit the max­i­mum pay­load to 2.5kg, so you wouldn’t want to mount any­thing heav­ier than a D7200 on it.

Is the Pole Pod II a mono­pod? Or with those two-sec­tion legs, is it a tri­pod? You de­cide!

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