Anyone who has ever shot at night or with a telephoto lens knows how detrimental camera shake can be to getting a great shot. Even a small amount of shake can prevent you from getting that crisp shot that may end up in the centerfold of a magazine, which is why a tripod or a monopod is simply vital. While a tripod is sturdier, it is also much more cumbersome and heavy. If you want stability but do not want to have to carry around and set up a tripod, a monopod is the option for you. Being lightweight, portable, and easy to use, a monopod can often give you that extra little bit of stability you need. Made from a variety of materials, you can have either the lightweight nature of a carbon monopod or the durable nature of a steel monopod. You can find a camera monopod that is right for you on eBay offered by many reliable sellers. If you need an extra bit of sharpness in your images, this is a wise investment.