Mini Test

Here’s our round-up of six stream­lined sup­ports fea­tur­ing some clever tech

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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.


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