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Rich Green
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 3:23 pm    Post subject: Monopod Reply with quote

I've interested in buying a monopod and since I've never owned one, any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a lower priced Bogen/Manfrotto that broke a leg lock about a year ago. After some searching for spare parts, I decided to just get the better uprated stronger Manfrotto 679B.

On top of the new monopod, I re-used my old Manfrotto 3232 tilting head. This one only moves in one direction and has one simple lock. The idea is that I can easily and quickly switch from portrait to landscape orientation. I felt that a 3-way, pan/tilt, or ball head would be too much slop prior to locking down.

On the very top I have a quick release, because I got to not liking the constant threading and unthreading needed to attach and remove a camera. This makes it easier for me to put down the camera and monopod when I need to, without keeping the two connected. The one I use is the large hex plate quick release, though in a way it is heavy and probably more than I really need.

In use I tend to brace the monopod against a stationary object, or against my leg. I rarely use long lenses, which seems to be the more usual need for monopod users. What I do is slower shutter shots with mine, when I need to be more mobile than with a tripod. It definitely takes some practice to get use to using a monopod for slow shutter shots, and it only gives me about a 1/2 second slowest shot, unless I can find something solid to brace against.

Overall it is a useful accessory, though one that is still limited in many situations. Be sure to get one that matches your height well, especially if you are tall.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 02, 2010 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Gordon for the feedback. And for mentioning the height consideration. I'm tall, living in a world of short people, and need to keep that in mind.
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