Quick filmmaking tip- never buy a monopod. Monopods are marketed as this protool but is really only for one thing: hi grade sports photography. Even then that only just a preference for some photographers. Who I am really talking to are people buying equipment at best buy- your average amateur photographer. The idea that you are going to pay more for a less versatile device is a little insane. Here’s why: The monopod is useful for the filmmaker whose other option is a very heavy tripod of steadycam device ( so you get an idea of what I am talking about go look up a steadilycam rig and you’ll see the inconvenience).

However the idea of best buy or major consumer electronics stores selling it is strange. A. They don’t really sell heavy tripods. The comparison would be a 50+ pound tripod. And let’s be clear, that heavy tripod is going to have a much smoother well built head that would move better than the amateur can do with a monopod shootin video or still. B. You can just extend one leg on a cheap tripod AND own a tripod.

What do you think? Do you own a monopod? DROP US A LINE.

Mike Fallek
Big Weasel Lil Weasel

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