Monopods will never be as stable as a tripod, but they will always be much more flexible and fluid. In fact when we were shooting for NAB2011, we focused mainly on two Monopods for their fast setups, light weight, and small foot print in tight crowds. Here’s some great tips on how to shoot with Manfrotto’s higher end Fluid Head + Monopod combination from StillMotion. The monopod reaches over 6′ and can carry over 17lbs, but the Fluid head is rated to carry just under 9lbs. There are cheaper and lighter tripods from Manfrotto’s line, but trust me they aren’t as smooth. You can find this Manfrotto monopod at B&H (click here) and via Amazon (click here).