Posted by on 4/12/2019
Choosing the right stuff for you, however, is often easier said than done.
Wherever you are in your journey as a creator of digital media, you will find that a monopod is not only a necessity but also a life-saving device that can help transform shaky video into crisp, still images, among other things.
But you might be asking yourself: What in the heck is a monopod?
Moreover, what can it do for me?
And you’ve come to the right place for answers.
We’ll not only tell you what a monopod is and how it can benefit you, but also we will show you how a monopod from ProMediaGear is the best choice available right now on the market.
What is a monopod?
While you might not think you know what a monopod is, you probably do if you really think about it.
If you’re familiar with a tripod, then subtract two legs and you have a monopod.
Incidentally, unlike a tripod, a monopod requires some kind of other support in order to stand.
Typically, photographers and videographers do this by holding the monopod or otherwise securing the single leg.
Because of their slim form factor and small footprint, monopods are often favored by wildlife photographers and travel photographers.
Easy to setup and breakdown in the field, monopods are also extremely convenient for use in changing conditions such as in a fast-moving sporting event.
Tripods are typically large, bulky, and weigh a lot which make them less than ideal for travel.
Also, they lack a monopods versatility, and often require more time to setup and breakdown.
As you can imagine, in a crowded space, you often want to take up as little room as possible, especially if you are one among many photographers or videographers.
This is why you often see monopods at public events instead of tripods because, again, their small form factor, ability to move quickly, and situational adaptability make them a superior choice in many cases.
Naturally, most experts will advise that you add both a monopod and a tripod to your arsenal at some point in time.
Neither of these are cheap additions to any collection, and that is why more budget-minded consumers often have to make concessions as to what to buy first.
Because of the advantages listed above, as well as its general ease of use, we have to recommend that most people start with a monopod before buying a tripod.
Don’t worry, we’ll tell you why, and it all starts with how a monopod works and the immediate benefits you will see from using it.
How does a monopod work?
Because a tripod is more familiar to most people, we’ll describe a monopod in terms of a tripod.
Basically, a monopod uses your legs as the other two stabilizers for its single leg.
Unlike a tripod, which is large, stationary, and can sit unattended, a monopod requires some participation on the part of the camera operator.
There are different ways to secure the monopod and, depending on your shooting situation, you will want to use different options according to the scenario you are facing.
You can secure the monopod with your hand and use the ground to stabilize it, or you can even strap it to yourself so that you can move around holding it with your hand. Whatever method you choose, the important thing to remember is that a monopod, unlike a tripod, is an active accessory that will require your input to work.
Getting used to shooting with a monopod isn’t hard and, in fact, many videographers prefer it when the action gets going.
Extremely versatile and accessible, a monopod is easy to deploy but tough to master; yet, once you have mastered its use, you will be able to add a whole new range or elements to your work thanks to its assistance.
Benefits of a Monopod
Due to its relatively small size compared to a tripod, a monopod is ideal for photographers and videographers that travel frequently.
In addition to this, it is also well suited to people who move a lot while they are shooting.
In public situations, such as sporting events, weddings, and more, a monopod is preferable to a tripod due to its adaptability and ease of maneuverability.
You will be to capture more dynamic shots than ever before with videos and photos that are crisp and stable due to the way the monopod is designed to minimize vibration as well as minimizing the appearance of movement in the final product.
Economically priced when compared to many tripod units, a monopod is also the best starting accessory for the photographer or videographer who needs to expand their range.
While there are many compelling options on the market, we think the ProMediaGear monopod is by far the best option for all consumers.
ProMediaGear 81-Inch Tall Carbon Fiber Monopod with Arca-Swiss Type Clamp
When selecting a monopod, you want to pick one that is durable.
That’s why ProMediaGear’s Carbon Fiber 81-Inch Monopod with Arca-Swiss Type Clamp is such an excellent choice.
Carbon fiber is one of the toughest materials on Earth.
It is used in everything from aerospace to race cars, and you can bet that your carbon fiber monopod will stand the test of time and withstand almost any punishment you can throw its way.
Constructed out of four layers of 10x carbon fiber tubes, the ProMediaGear monopod comes in at a commanding 81 inches in fully extended length which should be more than enough to accommodate operators of any height and at most angles.
It does this with a stainless steel, reversible spike that extends out of the rubber foot of the device.
Flexible and durable, the ProMediaGear carbon fiber monopod also has another huge advantage over monopods constructed out of more inferior materials: It weighs markedly less than the competition.
Coming in at 1-2 pounds of total weight, the carbon fiber monopod is lighter than the competition and, supporting a total weight of 50-70 pounds in gear, it is also thoroughly capable.
For stabilization, the ProMediaGear carbon fiber monopod comes with a 10-inch velcro leg strap as well as a neoprene carry strap.
When you purchase the ProMediaGear 81-inch carbon fiber monopod, you get a TR42M Carbon Fiber Monopod with Neoprene Padding, one Stainless Steel Spike (hidden under the foot), one Neoprene Carry Strap, and a #PBX3 Universal Arca Compatible Bracket Plate.
Outside of that, the monopod has a range of compatible accessories available for it.
The lightest in its class as well as the most capable, the ProMediaGear carbon fiber monopod is the perfect first monopod for beginners but is also ideal for people that know what they are doing and are looking for the perfect monopod solution.
Why the 81-Inch Tall Carbon Fiber Monopod with Arca-Swiss Type Clamp is Right for You
From its best-in-class weight to its adaptability, the ProMediaGear carbon fiber monopod is the superior choice in monopods available right now. Photographers and videographers that are looking for a durable piece of equipment can’t do any better.
It is an essential accessory, and it is made to last. We feel confident that consumers who choose the ProMediaGear carbon fiber monopod will be more than happy with its quality and the results they receive from it in the field.
Recommended for beginners and veterans alike, the ProMediaGear carbon fiber monopod is easy to use and convenient to setup and breakdown.
When it comes to travel, the carbon fiber monopod takes up relatively little precious luggage real estate and is thus recommended for people who travel frequently.
Shipped with everything you’ll need right in the box, the ProMediaGear carbon fiber monopod also has a range of accessories to help augment its capabilities.