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SIRUI P204S MONOPOD AFTER USE REVIEW

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PHOTO GEAR by KRISS on 27 september 2016

SIRUI P204S MONOPOD AFTER USE REVIEW Usually I am not too much into tripods, monopods and other pods.
I am a photographer and my main concern with equipment is practicality, efficiency and portability.
Well of course, to the limits of anyone shooting with pro DSLRs and lenses.

I used to own a sturdy studio Manfrotto Tripod which I sold last year and replaced with the most compact option I could find (a Mefoto I am not entirely happy with but there is a whole post dedicated to complaining about my tripod).
But a few months ago I took on to cover a couple’s wedding video and buying a video tripod was just not an option for me.
First in terms of portability !

Instead I chose a monopod and after much reading, settled for the most expensive one there was but I believe I made the right choice ! I purchased the Sirui P204S (by the way brands should really work on naming their products).
Coupled with a Manfrotto fluid head I will review as well, it was my main tool to cover my video wedding a week ago.

Ok so after weeks of experiments at my own pace with the tool I can now tell you what’s the deal when you have to have work fast like one does for a wedding.

Let’s start first with what’s poorly designed.
Again, I am not a big fan of screw systems for extending monopods or tripods legs to which I prefer clips.
And when you have to rush and change the height of your monopod every 5 minutes I can confirm this is really annoying.
I certainly missed shots because of this and anyways it was perfectly annoying all the time.
Another feature that requires you to bend and hold the monopod in an awkward position is adjusting the flexibility at the bottom of monopod.
And as regards to that very useful feature, I always went either full or none.
So a system accessible by foot with just a clip would have been more than enough !

Aside from that the monopod works as it should, has larger feet than its competitors (which made me decide about that one) and you can almost safely squeeze it under a chair trusting it to hold your camera safely in place.
At least I know I shouldn’t have but I trust it a few times in church with the D4s and 70-200 mounted on top.

A monopod is a lot easier to move around than a tripod obviously and if it wasn’t for the poor system of extending the leg it would be the perfect tool !

Also I can confirm that I seldom used the monopod as intended with a foot on it to hold it in place and I believe even shorter legs (the manfrotto) could have done the trick.
Maybe at some point I will start learning from my tripods/monopods mistake and buy Manfrotto again since their legs are a lot easier to operate.
In favor of the Sirui as well was the angle of rotation from the base which is a lot more than any other monopod which gives it immense advantage.

photo courtesy of google images (I honestly can't remember which Sirui site I took that from)

#review #sirui #monopod

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COMMENTS

2 comments

Stewart on 2018-02-11
Nerd

Kriss on 2018-02-12
thank you for this very constructive comment

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