There are countless accessories you can plug into your HDSLR. While they all have their very specific uses, my experience has shown me that one stands way above the others: the Manfrotto 561 BHDV monopod.

The big advantage of this monopod over the others is the three small tripod feet at its base. These little legs really make a difference! I was skeptic at first but after shooting a few time with it, I realized how freeing it is to shoot from a monopod. Combine this with an IS lens and you can achieve a clip that is almost as stable as what you can get from a tripod.

The monopod not only is used as a stand but you can also use it as a stable rig, as seen by this video from the folks at stillmotion

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