Here’s our round-up of six streamlined supports featuring some clever tech
Six monopods compared and rated for portability, stability and more
Even with your Nikon’s Vibration Reduction enabled, you run the risk of blur from camera shake if you shoot handheld in low light or at long focal lengths. Ramping up the ISO sensitivity is one solution, but for sharp shots with minimal image noise, try using a monopod for some extra support. With only one leg to extend rather than three, they can be quicker and more versatile than a standard tripod.
Monopods are also extremely useful on lengthy assignments where your hands and neck will get sore if you carry a camera all day, but you need more mobility than a tripod will permit – motorsports shoots are a prime example of this.
Fewer legs means you can travel light, with many monopods weighing in at under a kilogram, so they’re a good option when keeping weight down is critical, too. There’s no need to sacrifice height, though, as all the legs we’ve selected will top out at over 1.6 metres, while some pack down to a third of that size. What’s more, all these monopods have a special something in store, whether it be flip-out feet for added grip when you’re off the beaten track or simplified extension systems to help with quick-fire shooting. There’s an option to suit every budget, so you’re sure to find the perfect solution for banishing blur.