I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with monopods. To be fair, mostly hate. This is due to the very reasons that YC Onion’s new carbon fibre Pineta monopod (buy here) addresses. Mostly, it’s the fact that you have a leg assembly comprised of multiple parts, and each needs to be unlocked and locked again manually every time you need to adjust the height. Ultimately, for me, they’re more hassle than they’re worth.
The YC Onion Pineta, on the other hand, is a breeze to operate in comparison. The reason is that it has just a single lever that locks and unlocks all leg segments simultaneously. This makes for very quick and easy height adjustments out in the field when you need to respond quickly. We took a sneak peek at the aluminium Pineta at IBC 2022, but now they’re back with the carbon fibre version at NAB 2023, so we had to stop by and take a look.
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