When shooting on a monopod, my only qualm is the lack of steadiness that a tripod offers. This is due to the points of contact with the ground. Obviously, as its etymology suggests, a mono-pod only has one (mono) foot or limb (pod). If I only had one foot, I would have serious issues with support, sturdiness and balance, so I can’t blame the monopod for its shortcomings. The benefit to the monopod? It is light, compact, very mobile and quick to setup and take down. If used properly, a monopod can really offer all the steadiness and support one needs for video or photo.
For shooting video, I use the Manfrotto 561, as it comes with a video fluid head and pan arm. The pan arm acts as a fixed bar that I can tuck under my arm to create more stability between my movements and the monopod. My arms are more subject to bringing the monopod in closer and pushing it away further even when this isn’t a look I’m going for.
There is another solution to a pan arm, enter the Manfrotto 361 Shoulder Brace. This single item functions as a steadying point for video and photography shooters. The 361 has an adjustable length with a pivoting shoulder support. The Manfrotto 361 replaces the Bogen Manfrotto 3248.
Are any of you out there using this? What is your setup and how are you using it?
Here is a DIY solution cheesycam came up with for the Manfrotto 361. This guy is always thinking outside of the box! Love it. Instead of using a small tripod, you could also use something like the P&C Pistol Grip Camera handle (click here).DSLR, Manfrotto, Manfrotto 361, monopod, photography, shoulder brace, video