Filling things with gas can often go awry (see: Hindenburg, the explosion of), but Tiffen’s new Steadicam Air monopod appears to have managed it quite well. The monopod uses a gas lift spring for height adjustments, making the unit spring up and down simply by pressing down on the foot pedal. The monopod is comprised of three sections with a single twist-lock leg that can be rotated 360-degrees.
The Air itself is forged from carbon fiber and
weighs in at 3.5 pounds and has a foam-padded grip. The removable aluminum top plate has a reversible screw head with ¼-20 and 3/8-16 threads. The foot pedals are rubberized to prevent slippage. The pedals fold up to make the Air easy to transport. The monopod will be sold in two configurations: the Air-25, which is capable of holding 25 pounds and the Air-15, coming later this year, rated for 15 pounds.