Best tripod alternative: Velbon Ultra Stick L50 Monopod
Monopods are great for wildlife and sports photographers who are always on the move, as they provide solid support for cameras with hefty lenses while you’re waiting for the action to unfold.
They’re light and easily transportable too, slotting in nicely on the side of most kit bags. The L50 is a five-section monopod with a simple twist-lock leg function, and a rubber foot for stability.
It can hold up to 2.5kg and has a maximum height of 155cm, and with a folded height of 37cm and weighing just 300g, you can take it just about anywhere.
We were surprised at how compact and lightweight this monopod is – it could easily tuck down the side of our bag without adding much weight.
The twist-lock function was easy to use, and much quicker than setting up a tripod! Our camera felt well supported when it was attached, although we did feel that we were restricted to the smallest of movements when trying to position the camera to take a photo – and we couldn’t shoot in portrait format; attaching a ball-and-socket head would give you much more flexibility.
It is, however, a great solution if you’re shooting in locations that have a ‘no tripod’ policy.
Pros: Compact and lightweight; a good solution for ‘no tripod’ locations
Cons: Camera movements are limited; you can only shoot in landscape format
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