February 24, 2016 at 10:33AM

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A decent monopod?

Hi there,

I'm on the lookout for a decent monopod, that'll help me with documentary work. I find a tripod to be a tad cumbersome and takes a bit of time to set up, when you could lose a shot. Handheld can be too shaky.

I'd prefer to have one that has the 3 small legs at the bottom for a bit more stability. Not massively limited by price, but don't want to spend a fortune! Doesn't particularly matter if a head is included or not.

Thanks!

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I've bought Manfrotto and Benro video monopods, and currently prefer the Benro monopods because all of the Manfrotto models I've owned had a tripod-foot that would bind and squeak. Here are two models to check out:

Benro A48FDS4 Monopod : $199
http://goo.gl/0tMfvk

Manfrotto MVM450A Monopod : $250
http://goo.gl/Vc1uJb

February 24, 2016 at 11:27AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Thanks. That's the price range I was thinking too!

Paul Cummings

February 24, 2016 at 11:32AM

What's the deal on load capacity? My camera is 15lbs but it's not like the monopod would snap right? These were actually what I was looking at as well.

Clark McCauley

February 25, 2016 at 10:09AM

I used to use the Manfrotto Monopod at weddings, that thing worked like a charm.

Alex Everingham

February 26, 2016 at 11:50AM

I think that if you think a monopod will be less shaky than handheld you are setting yourself up for disappointment. A monopod only keeps the camera height (more or less) constant but all other movements from the hands and body are simply passed on and are actually magnified. I use a monopod as well but only with a gimbal

Benro/Manfrotto are very good but I think the cheaper Oben ACM-2400L is a quite good alternative.

February 25, 2016 at 1:04AM

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Cary Knoop
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Surely the monopod instability is only passed on if you're walking while recording. If you're simply after something more mobile than a tripod, then the monopod is pretty stable

Dan Horne

April 22, 2016 at 7:30PM

I second the Benro linked above; use it almost daily. One suggestion; go for the flip lock like the one above instead of the twist lock. I have the twist, and it tends to get loose and slowly drift downward.

To Cary's point, I guess the stability is pretty subjective. If you're trying to hold a locked-off tripod shot, you're definitely going to get a bit of shake. But if you add some movement, like a pan/tilt/push to each shot, it will really help smooth things out. I use it for pretty much every b-roll shot, and use tripods for interviews.

Finally, get a fluid tilting head. You'll be so glad you did.

February 26, 2016 at 6:05PM

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Seems like the Benro is a popular choice!

I realise that it'll not be completely static, but it will still definitely help with stabilising my shots. Much better than fully handheld (and will save my back a bit too!).

Thanks for the advice. Looking at the Benro with the S6 head (maybe overkill on the head, but no harm in investing in a decent one for the future!)

Paul Cummings

February 27, 2016 at 5:29AM

Unless it might be better to stick a decent Manfrotto head on it?

February 27, 2016 at 5:39AM

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April 22, 2016 at 7:27PM

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Dan Horne
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That mogopod looks really versatile for run & gun, event/doc work. Thanks for sharing. I think I may get me one soon!

Derek Armitage

April 25, 2016 at 8:24AM

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