yes they are keith, but you'll need an inexpensive head to got with it. it's a shame but i just sold a complete support system with a tripod, monopod, and 2 ball heads. you're in the UK so me looking on ebay for you probably wouldn't do any good. also, there's technique to using a monopod. the monopod i use for macros is nothing but a 12mm x 2m fiberglass rod. about $3 at the local garden shop..