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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Mitch "planetMitch" Aunger is the creator and mastermind behind — which covers every aspect of HDSLR cameras (and a whole lot of other cameras as well). A lover of photography since his early days, he graduated to selling stock photos to make a little bit of spare cash. It wasn’t much, but it allowed him to upgrade to better cameras as well as computers, and it wasn’t taking money away from feeding his family.
He loves the stories that the still image can tell. In the summer of 2008, he read a story written by Arnold Kim called “I Quit My Job” — Arn is the owner of He started macrumors in 2000 as a hobby, and by 2008 he was making more money with the site than he was on his day job, so he quit. The surprise to the story is that he was a doctor making more than six figures! Right then and there, planetMitch dreamed about doing the same thing.
September 2008 rolled around, and Canon announced this new version of the incredible 5D — the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. It was the first Canon DSLR to shoot full HD video and the earth moved! (It really was a huge deal in the photography world.) planetMitch knew if there was ever a chance to ride a wave of something he was really passionate about, this was it — and the blog at was born. It is now one of the most popular HDSLR blogs on the planet, and he is making a full-time living from blogging. He couldn’t be happier!
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