My wish list for a monopod is rather small. Simply an adjustable pole that reaches head height and gives me added stability when I can’t be bothered to carry a tripod.
If it can double as a mic boom, even better, a monopod is the one piece of kit I don’t expect much from; I just want it to be uncomplicated, light and simple.
The Benro SuperDupa does away with plain and simple and instead goes for a touch of overly engineered. However, now I’ve seen a monopod with a rotating foot and levelling base; I want one.
Like the Benro Rhino, it pushes the design concept and packs in a few interesting extras that make the SuperDupa stand out.
Firstly, the design materials, the same carbon and CNC’d aluminium, make the Rhino series so appealing and tactile; then, there’s the mechanical design features.
The first of these is the small foot at the monopod’s base; on most monopods, these are fixed, or at least they don’t move but can be swapped for alternatives.
Here the rubber foot is mounted onto a smooth rotating bearing. This means that you can smoothly rotate left and right at full height without any drag or friction created from the ground.
This small refinement makes panning that little bit smoother and has quite an effect when used to shoot wildlife or sport.
The next feature is a levelling base at the top; this is along the same lines as other levelling bases, but here on a monopod, it gives a little more flexibility with composition. OK, it’s not the first time a monopod has sported a levelling base, but it’s still in the minority.
Then there’s the lever lock for the top section, which contrasts with the twist locks used for all other leg sections.
The level locks position makes it ideal for quickly raising and lowering the monopod’s height with the lever giving a decisive lock and release action.
As monopods go, the SuperDupa packs in the features – and for once in a product, these additions all seem to make sense, at least in theory. I’ve put it to the test to see if the SuperDupa really is super-duper.