Multi-Function Monopods from Sirui

Unlike Mark, I’m not an expert at shooting video with SLRs or mirrorless cameras but I do know that you’ll need a steady camera even if you’re just shooting a YouTube clip of your cat. And I especially like monopods for shooting motorsports but there are lots of other uses, especially if you need a little extra support and don’t want the bulk of a tripod.

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Sirui P-S monopod To me a monopod seems like a better solution for shooting video than a tripod and at WPPI Expos I had a chance to take a look at SIRUI’s line of P-S Series Multifunction Photo/Video Monopods. These monopods have three sturdy fold-down support feet that allow you to pan the monopod 360 degrees and tilt 20 degrees without worrying that the monopod will move because (get this) you can step on the feet for even greater stability! To tilt the monopod in any direction, SIRUI uses a ball head mechanism in the base of the monopod. You can control the amount of drag that you need by turning a tension control knob. The legs have rubber foot for use on slippery surfaces, which can be replaced with a stainless steel spike for outdoors.

But the Sirui P-S monopod more than just a monopod with legs: The legs remove and convert to a table-top or down-low tripod. When the legs are detached it become a traditional monopod. Models are available in aluminum or carbon fiber for added strength, increased load capacity and vibration reduction. I’ve been using the mod-sized P-324 S carbon fiber monopod that weighs less than three pounds and makes a great walking stick for hiking as well.—Joe Farace