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Best Sirui Monopods

Exploring The Sirui PS Series Monopods

A lot of photographers can’t imagine a world without tripods and monopods. Well, they can, but they probably wouldn’t want to live in such world! In this article, we will discuss good monopods for DSLR and Video, specifically Sirui monopods (their PS series).

We’ll talk a bit about the SIRUI PS Series, and then move on to particular monopods that are part of that PS Series (such as Sirui P-424S and Sirui P-224S). Those who seek stabilization tool for their cameras or binoculars should read this article, for it also explains the benefits of using a monopod (as opposed to a tripod).

Introduction to Sirui

Sirui was founded back in 2001, with one goal in mind: designing and manufacturing of high-quality camera accessories. The company is notable for making and offering tools and accessories for photographers and videographers (mainly), though their devices can be used for purposes that transcend mentioned fields.

Most notably, Sirui earned the ISO9001/ISO14001 certificates, signaling that the company makes products that are good for both their customers and the environment. They offer tripods, monopods, backpacks, smartphone accessories, and many other products that benefit amateurs and professionals.

On SIRUI PS Series Monopods

Two groups of people benefit most from the SIRUI monopods: videographers and long-lens photographers. Why? Well, SIRUI PS monopods excel in three things:

Compactness: these monopods are foldable and lightweight, allowing smooth operation, and convenient transportation.
Capacity: these monopods are very sturdy and can help you share the burden of the massive camera (so to speak); they are also robust and stable.
Spider: just as a spider balances itself via its legs, SIRUI PS features fold-out spider-like legs that help you stabilize the monopod, as well as your camera shots/videos.

P-204S is aluminum made, and other monopods of this series use 10X Carbon tubes, making them both lightweight and sturdy. Each monopod of the PS Series tilts up to 20°, thus offering considerable maneuvering space.

The spider isn’t only foldable, but also removable. If you think it “disrupts your mojo”, remove it; now you have a regular monopod with the rubber foot. Or, if you wish to ground in, you can use the provided spiked foot. It is needless to say that each monopod rotates to 360°, perfect for panning and panorama.

And though there is a lot more to be said about these monopods, we should move on to specific monopods (through which we’ll explain those other features).

Sirui P-204SR P

Sirui P-204SR P

Sirui P-204SR P is aluminum made, 27.56 x 2.36 x 2.36 inches big monopod. It weighs 3 pounds (roughly) and can carry up to 17.5 pounds (8 kg). Sirui P-204SR P can be used as a standard monopod, or, you can install the given Spider or aluminum spike, which stabilize the monopod.

You can pan it by 360° and tilt by 20°. Most importantly, the monopod won’t move out of its set position, allowing you to take clean and stable shots. And if you start going wild, feel free to step on the fit for further stabilization; they won’t break.

It is important to say that, during planning, only the top part of the monopod moves, not the whole body (the shaft). Also, P-204SR P allows you to follow moving objects (to record or photograph) even if your camera/ video head doesn’t have built-in panning base.

The monopod is padded (foam padding), allowing firm and ergonomic grip in any environment conditions (cold or wet, it doesn’t matter). If you record or photograph non-moving objects and events, you can tighten the collar and lock it down.

And, since it is lightweight and sturdy, you can maneuver with it quite freely if you want to record from an unusual perspective. Also, climbing is a lot easier with P-204SR P: it folds and is very easy to carry around. Upon purchase, you also receive wrist strap, shoulder strap, protective carrying case, rubber foot (removable) and the aluminum spike (also removable).

Sirui P-224S

Sirui P-224S

Unlike the Sirui P-204SR P, Sirui P-224S is made of carbon, and weighs only 2.87 lbs, but can still carry as much weight as the Sirui P-204SR P (which is 8 kg or 17.5 pounds. Much like all other Sirui P series monopods, it features removable Spider legs.

When it comes to design and performance, the two products (Sirui P-204SR P, Sirui P-224S) are virtually the same: same panning ability, same size (27.56 x 2.36 x 2.36 inches), 20-degree tilting, and so forth.

The most significant difference between the two is the material. The 10X helps with a couple of things. For starters, Sirui P-224S feels less vibration and is even more stable. It is also lighter, granting eve more convenient transportation and carrying.

Much like the previous monopod, the Sirui P-224S’s max tube diameter is 28 mm, minimum of 19 mm. Its max height is 1.6 m (5.2 ft), and the minimum is 0.7 m (2.3 ft). Sirui P-224S is a bit more expensive than the 204, due to its improved stability, lightweight features, and improved durability.

Sirui P-324S

Sirui P-324s

With Sirui P-324s we are approaching the heavyweight category. Sirui P-324s weighs 3.2 pounds and is 29.53 x 3.94 x 3.94 inches big. Its max height is 5.7 ft, and minimum 2.4. Its weight carrying capacity is 10 kg or 22 pounds. Its tubes are a bit wider, ranging from 32 to 22 mm.

Sirui P-324s is also made of carbon and is a much better option for those that carry more massive videos/cameras or prefer/need a higher monopod (that can kind of morph into a tripod!).

And though it is more massive, and can carry 20% more weight than the previous two Sirui monopods, it is still very light. Furthermore, the stabilizing spider-like feet are also more expensive, providing more stabilization. In short, it won’t be knocked over that easily by windy conditions or people that accidentally bump into it.

It is a lot more expensive than the Sirui P-204SR P, slightly more than the Sirui P-224S. And when it comes to design and performance, it offers same maneuverability and functions as other Sirui PS Series monopods.

Sirui P-424S

Sirui P-424S

Sirui P-424S is the biggest and heaviest Siruie PS monopod but is also the most stable one. It is 31.5 x 3.94 x 3.94 inches big and weighs 3.5 pounds, its tubes ranging between 36 and 25 mm. Max height is 6.26 ft, and min is 2.57 ft. Most importantly, Sirui P-424S weight carrying capacity is 12 mm.

It is heavier than any other Sirue PS Series monopod, but you do have to sacrifice a little bit of convenience for a lot more stability. It is the most expensive monopod, but also the one that can withstand 12 kg of weight, and extends even up to 75 inches.

It functions as any other Sirui PS monopod (refer to “On SIRUI PS Series Monopods” subheading). If you seek the most massive but also the most stable monopod, then this is the one you should get.

Which Should I Go For?

Admittedly, these are very similar products, especially the 224, 324, and 424, for they are all made of carbon. Here are a couple of things you should pay attention to before you make your final decision:

Dimensions, Weight, And Capacity

These two factors should be your primary concern and should be determined depending on your needs. And when we say needs, by that we mean your recording/photographing style, the type of equipment you use, the kind of job you do, and so forth.

If your job requires that you are always on your feet, always prepared to take a shot of a fast moving player or car, you should probably go with the lightweight monopod, for it will give you more freedom. Then again, if your job requires a lot of patience and stability, perhaps you should go with the monopod that can give you that stability.


Perhaps you are an amateur, and you enjoy climbing crazy places and taking crazy shots from weird angles. In this case, the lightest monopod is the best option ( which is the 324). You should also think about the weight/size concerning transportation.

Unmistakably, the more compact the monopod is, the easier it is to transport it. It is worth mentioning, however, that all Sirui PS Series fold. Then again, it is one thing to carry it (folded) to the location, and it is another thing to move it around once you are in the dedicated area.

In short, you should preferably pick the one that will help you do your job (or hobby) efficiently and more passionately; it should make it more difficult.


If you can afford it, should you go with the most expensive one? No. For starters, if you don’t need the Sirui P-424S (for its carrying capacity, height, and stability), why would you buy it? In fact, it can make your job more difficult.

First, think about the needs, and then select the monopod. If you are debating whether should you get Sirui P-204SR P or Sirui P-224S, you should go with the Sirui P-224S (if you can afford it). They are the same (regarding dimensions, height, and capacity), but the Sirui P-224S is lighter and more stable.


Are SIRUI PS Series monopods worth it? Yes, without a doubt. These items are well designed, stable and durable. They offer ergonomic, foam-padded grip, foldable/removable Spider stand, aluminum spike, and so many other accessories.

Make sure you think about the things we discussed if you decide to buy one. That way, you will not only purchase high-quality monopod, but also the one that suits you and your needs in the best possible way.

Best Camera Backpack

Photographers often spend large amounts of money on cameras, lenses, and laptops to edit photos. However, one of the most important items a photographer can spend money on is a way to make all of their equipment mobile, usually in the form of a backpack.

There are several things a photographer should look for when choosing a backpack. A photographer’s backpack must be equipped with features to not only fit their equipment but also keep them protected from bumps and jostles. It must also be comfortable to wear and easy to store. It should also be versatile and offer protection from the elements. It should also allow for easy access to the equipment in situations where photos need to be taken quickly or quietly. Here are some of the best camera backpacks available on the market, all affordably priced under 100 dollars.

1. Case Logic SLRC-206 SLR Camera and 15.4-Inch Laptop Backpack

Case Logic is a popular brand of backpacks for electronics and cameras and their reputation for making quality bags shows in the SLRC-206. It offers plenty of utility and space for the camera and all its accessories. The hard EVA base is waterproof and offers the ability to stand the bag upright. It also has straps on the side to strap a portable tripod onto the bag. The bag is also quite lightweight when it is empty, weighing in at a little over 2.5 lbs.

Inside, the SLRC-206 offers enough space for a DSLR camera with an attached lens, any PC laptop up to 16″ and a MacBook Pro up to 17″. The interior lining of the backpack lid is made of memory foam to help protect the LCD screen on the back of the camera. The most interesting feature is the patent-pending hammock system that suspends the camera above the bottom of the case to prevent damage from being bounced around or hitting the bottom of the bag when it is put down.

2. Lowepro Slingshot Edge 250 AW

Wearing a DSLR camera backpack full of equipment and accessories can be uncomfortable at times. Lowepro’s unique sling-style backpack design helps relieve some of the discomfort. It also allows for easy access to everything in the backpack without ever taking it off. It features the Hideaway Tripod Mount system that allows for storing a tripod or monopod easily. It’s All-Weather cover protects the bag’s contents from the elements. There are also SlipLock attachment loops that allow the user to attach compatible pouches and other bags.

Inside, the Slingshot can fit compact DSLR cameras such as the Canon Eios Rebel T6i with an attached lens easily. It can also fit three to four other lenses, accessories, and some personal items. However, there is not enough space in the Slingshot for a laptop. It is mainly designed to just carry photography equipment.

3. Lowepro Fastpack 250 DSLR Camera Backpack

Lowepro offers many different styles of DSLR camera backpacks other than the Slingshot. The Fastpack offers traditional backpack style with easier accessibility and unique storage options. The outer shell is water resistant and offers plenty of outer pockets for storage including a harness pocket for a cellphone or mp3 player. A mesh side pocket allows for storage of easily accessible items like snacks or water bottles.

Inside, the Fastpack offers a triple compartment storage configuration. There are separate compartments for the camera, accessories, and a laptop. The laptop pocket holds laptops up to around 15″ wide. The DSLR compartment holds a DSLR with an attached lens and has room for two to three other lenses. The camera compartment can be accessed via a side flap that can be opened without taking the backpack off. Built into the side flap is a pocket for storing memory cards. The final compartment can be used for personal items and other accessories.


4. Altura Photo Wanderer Series DSLR Camera and Mirrorless Backpack

The best DSLR backpacks offer a great balance of equipment storage, comfort, duarbility, and accessory storage. The Wanderer by Altura is a great example of that balance. Inside, the Wanderer offers space for up to two camera bodies, up to six lenses, a flash, and accessories. However, depending on your needs the padded inserts can be rearranged or removed to offer customizable storage options. The back flap can hold any laptops or tablets up to 14″ wide as well as things like memory cards and extra batteries.

The construction of the Wanderer keeps the serious, traveling photographer in mind. The padded shoulder pads provide comfort for anyone of any height. The stitching at common stress points are reinforced for long-term durability. The 840D nylon exterior protects the contents from the weather, and the dual zippers connect, allowing for locks to be placed on it for added security. Also, the bag is officially TSA carry-on compatible. Small and affordable bag.

A photographer’s tools are the most important things to them, and if they take the hobby seriously or are a professional, they should invest in a high quality backpack for their equipment. They should take into account how much equipment they want available to them at all times, whether or not they need a way to carry a tripod or monopod around easily, and how durable they want the bag to be depending on where they are going for a shoot. They should also think about the types of shoots they are doing, such as shooting a planned shoot with a human or a spontaneous shoot with local wildlife. And for those interested in looking good and being comfortable, they should choose a backpack that fits their style and offers comfort that fits their physical abilities and needs. A photographer’s talent is more than just how expensive their equipment is, but in order to express that talent they need a way to protect and transport their tools and help them be prepared to take the best photos at a moment’s notice. A great backpack can give them all of that.

All About Flexible Camera Tripods and How to Choose the Right One

As the popular saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Ever since the very first (almost) successful photograph was taken back in 1816, cameras and photography have grown increasingly popular as time passes. Now, we have whole museums, galleries, and showings dedicated to the art of photography, and plenty of people are even pursuing degrees and extensive, permanent careers in the field. Anyone with an eye for piecing together attractive visuals could potentially pick up a camera and capture tellings of beautiful stories.

From a Sony to a Nikon, Canon, Fujifilm, Olympus, Panasonic, or even a GoPro, there are plenty of options available on the market for cameras able to take high-quality, stunning photographs when in the hands of a talented photographer. However, even the best or most expensive of cameras couldn’t overcome photography’s worst enemy: the shake. The shake is what happens when you hold your camera in unsteady hands or set it on a surface that isn’t stable. This is why every good camera – even the best of them – needs a partner in crime, which is where the flexible camera tripod comes in.

Benefits of Using a Tripod

A tripod is the added tool of perfection that every photographer needs to help capture an image in all of its glory. Without a stable tripod, the photograph is likely to come out blurry, unstable, or not completely leveled. The flexible camera tripod is a three-legged device with an adjustable central column and exchangeable heads to hold the camera depending on whether you are shooting photographs or videos.

Using a tripod brings many benefits to a photographer, some of which may be surprising to someone who has never used one before or who is new to photography. Obviously, tripods prevent blurry or unstable photographs, which is very important, especially to professional photographers. However, they also improve macro shots and allow long exposure photographs to be taken in conditions of low light.

Another benefit of using a tripod can be experienced when taking photographs outside, especially while during rainy or windy weather conditions. Tripods can also help relieve photographers from feeling significant physical strain due to holding heavy cameras with long, obtrusive lenses. These devices are clearly very beneficial to hobbyists and professionals alike; although, it would be especially silly for a professional photographer to forgo the use of a tripod during sessions – unless they prefer selling blurry pictures, of course.

The Composition of a Tripod

Tripods are usually made from one of three different materials: aluminum, carbon fiber, or basalt fiber. Of the three materials, aluminum is typically used in tripods designed for beginners or low-budget photographers to the inexpensive cost while still being incredibly sturdy. However, if a photographer is looking for an optimally portable tripod, a newer one made from carbon fiber would be a better choice. Although they are typically more expensive than tripods made from other materials, carbon fiber tripods are lighter and easier to handle in difficult weather conditions. Basalt fiber, on the other hand, has been often criticized for its unreliability and low durability qualities.

Typically, camera tripods will weigh anywhere between 2.2 pounds and 6.6 pounds, depending on the model and chosen material. Weight should be an important factor to take into account for photographers who plan on traveling frequently, as many flights may have an excess baggage weight allowance in place. Otherwise, it should also be kept in mind that heavier tripods may be more difficult to carry over long distances. With that said, heavier tripods typically provide more stability and resistance to vibration or certain weather conditions.

Tripods usually feature three different height options to choose from: the closed length, minimum height, and maximum height. The closed length describes the length of the tripod when it is completely compacted to match the size of your carrying bag. The minimum height describes the lowest height of the tripod when all legs have been folded out; this height is often used when shooting at floor level or for macro photography. Finally, the maximum height describes the tallest height of the tripod when it has been extended to its fullest potential; using a tripod at its maximum height may introduce some instability due to the fully extended center column.

The head of the tripod is where your camera sits. Many tripods come with already integrated heads; although, these heads often introduce heavy limitations when it comes to customization and upgrading. Tripods like these are best for people who will only be using the device occasionally. Otherwise, it may be better to invest in a tripod that comes with a mounting screw to hook up external heads to so you can plan on upgrading your tripod or camera in the future.

There are two major categories of tripod heads: 3-way pan/tilt heads and ball heads. 3-way pan/tilt heads allow both vertical and horizontal orientation of your camera and are often used for landscape shots, macro photography, or videos. These heads are often very stable due to being equipped with either one or two handles for manual manipulation. Ball heads, on the other hand, allow the camera to be maneuvered on a 360 degree, panoramic rotation. These are often used by wildlife photographies for their wide scope allowance and provided freedom.

How to Choose the Right Tripod for You

There are several things to keep in mind when searching for the perfect tripod. First, a photographer should always consider the weight of his or her camera and possible future upgrades. Someone may want to spend less money on a lighter tripod that could be easier to handle, but this choice would end up being a waste of money if the photographer has a heavier camera that won’t be supported by the tripod.

Fluid Rotation Tripod Ball head
Fluid Rotation Tripod Ball head

Another feature to carefully consider if the tripod head, which is the part of the tripod that the camera attaches to. Typically, tripods are made to accept interchangeable heads; however, photographers should always be sure that the tripod head you purchase is made for your camera. Some heads are only made for particular cameras, so it may be the case that a specific camera is excluded by some. Photographers should also consider what type of photography will most often be taken, as 3-way pan/tilt heads and ball heads lend themselves better to different genres of photography. For example, wildlife or sports photographers may be better prepared with a ball head that allows 360 degrees, panoramic movement.

When all is said and done, it is possible that all of these features may not even apply to some photographers, specifically hobbyists or professionals who choose to use compact cameras! If a photographer does use a compact camera, they may be better off using a mini camera tripod. Mini tripods, like the popular Gorillapod tripod, can be attached to nearly anything and provide freedom of use and optimal stability for compact cameras. In the end, photographers must simply keep in mind their particular cameras, and then the right tripod will come with those specifications.