Sirui P-324s Carbon Fiber Photo/Video Monopod
Sirui is Chinese manufacturer whose popularity has risen recently thanks to some compelling high quality heads, tripods, and monopods. Sirui's products tend to have many upscale features without the upscale price. Given how expensive quality photography hardware can be, companies like Sirui, which produce dependable tools for a lower price, allow many photographers the chance to own and use tools which perform similarly to those costing more.
The highly optioned P-xxxS monopod series is Sirui's marquee monopod line that has all the bells and whistles. The P-326S sits roughly in the middle of this line, but it doesn't skimp on features, including a removable floor spreader that can be used as a small tripod. It's this floor spreader, which has three legs that splay at the base to add stability to the monopod, the line's defining feature.
Leg spreaders are common in monopods meant for video use, but they also enhance the monopod's ability to stabilize for photography. Monopods with leg spreaders are also typically still classified as monopods, so they can often be used where tripods are prohibited. If someone (say a museum guard) asks you to cease using the leg spreader, simply fold the small legs back up and it’s back into traditional monopod mode.
The Sirui P-324S is a well-made bit of kit that can stabilize a whopping 22 pounds and even with the attached leg spreader weighs in at under 3 lb. The P-324S comes with optional rubber and spiked feet for more stable use on varied terrain. The Sirui P-324S is also perfect for those photographers who also like to shoot film. Even if you never intend to mount a video camera on the P-324S, it performs wonderfully as photography monopod and will give you years of service as such.