Sup­port Group 05 Ex­tra fea­tures

With monopods, don’t sim­ply look for the same things as you’d want in a tri­pod. Here are a few things to con­sider...

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01 Size mat­ters

There’s no point in car­ry­ing a mono­pod that’s as cum­ber­some as a tri­pod, es­pe­cially if you need to travel light or stay mo­bile.

02 The need for speed

Con­ven­tional leg ex­ten­sion clamps get the job done, but if you’re in a hurry, as you might be when shoot­ing sports or wildlife, a sin­gle-clamp de­sign will have you set up and shoot­ing faster.

03 Sta­bil­is­ing in­flu­ence

Monopods with three legs? Flip-out feet aren’t de­signed so your mono­pod can do dou­ble duty as a tri­pod, but they will stop your mono­pod slip­ping on un­even ground.

04 Flex­i­ble friend

Even when they’re sit­ting on three feet, many monopods can still pivot and pan with ease thanks to a ball-head base. Some also lock for bet­ter sta­bil­ity. Whether you’re af­ter a mono­pod/walk­ing pole combo or a leg that’ll moon­light as a dolly for shoot­ing video, there’s some­thing with those added ex­tras out there for you.

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