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Hi are there any collapsible monopods that will be 12" or less when collapsed. Im looking for something I can throw inside a backpack and not have to strap it to the outside.Thanks for your help..

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12" or less? Hakuba makes a very small monopod that is about that size..

What are you going to put on it? It won't hold anything bigger than a pocket camera, and not very well at that. A small DSLR like a Canon 400D or a Nikon D40 is too much camera for one of those little cheapies..

You may be able to get something like a Bogen 680 in your backpack, depends on how big your backpack is. The 680 is a 4 section, where most Bogen units are 3. This allows for a more compact size when folded, and it will support just about anything you may wish to mount..

Length is only one factor to consider in a monopod, you have to be able to support the gear you have or it is of no use..

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Comment #1

This Sunpak VersiPod might work for you:.

Http://www.bhphotovideo.com/...Pod_Compact_Monopod_Tripod_with.html?kbid=1641YongboPhoto Gallery: http://www.photo96.com/Blog: http://www.photo96.com/blog/index.php.

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It would be for a new nikon d40x I just recently purchesed..

I just looked at the Bogen 680 you suggested and I think 20" folded up would be too large to fit in a backpack I would use..

There probably isn't anything out there, but the largest lense I would probably use with it is a 55-200mm or maybe if I get the 18-135mm. I mainly want to use it for taking wide angle shots while hiking with a Sigma 10-20mm lense...

Comment #3

D40x and Sigma 10-20 is definitely too much for the little Hakuba's. You've got about 2 pounds of camera/lens there, so you need a monopod that can support that 2 pounds, plus the pressure you put on the 'pod while shooting. Another 2-3 pounds easy..

So look in the specs of any monopods you look at, and make sure they can support a *minimum* of 5 pounds or so. Anything less wil basically collapse under you in use..

I learned this the hard way, with a 1.5 pound camera/lens on monopod rated for 3 pounds. It sounds good, right? It wasn't. In shooting stance, I was applying about 6 pounds to the monopod, including the camera and me..

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Comment #4

Rolf wrote:Why not use a combo hiking pole and monopod?.

Habib_15 wrote:.

Hi are there any collapsible monopods that will be 12" or less whencollapsed. Im looking for something I can throw inside a backpackand not have to strap it to the outside.Thanks for your help..

Comment #5

Rolf K wrote:.

Rolf wrote:Why not use a combo hiking pole and monopod?.

I don't really like carrying something when hiking besides my camera. I would only really need the monopod when at a location with a nice view. Thanks for the suggestion though..

I suggested a monopod vs a tripod because of the weight and quicker setup, but if there is a compact tripod thats quick to setup this might be an option also...

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Rolf wrote:An alternative might also be a string pod, my self retracting ones are here:http://www.pbase.com/sinoline/tape_monopod.

The most practical one is probably the chain pod. The self retracting dog leach can be found in many dollar stores for around $5. The ball chain is a common hardware item. The rest should be self explanatory..

Habib_15 wrote:.

Rolf K wrote:.

Rolf wrote:Why not use a combo hiking pole and monopod?.

I don't really like carrying something when hiking besides my camera.I would only really need the monopod when at a location with a niceview. Thanks for the suggestion though..

I suggested a monopod vs a tripod because of the weight and quickersetup, but if there is a compact tripod thats quick to setup thismight be an option also...

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Habib_15 wrote:.

Hi are there any collapsible monopods that will be 12" or less whencollapsed..

I could not find one so built one out of short 3 section tripod legs (about 10" long as shown):.

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A 1/4-20 coupling nut was epoxied into each tripod leg foot, and a 1/4-20 hanger bolt was epoxied into the top of each tripod leg top. The tripod legs can then be rigidly assembled atop each outer.

1/4-20 is the standard tripod thread size so the camera can be attached to the top of one of the legs. I find it most convenient to use the "Y" shaped yokes off a shooting stick* as a rest for a lens barrel..

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One segment of the monopod is suitable for camera support when seated at a table or on the floor, two sections are suitable for stadium seating and three sections are suitable while standing..

It is not a rigid support but is very useful for camera stabilization, especially with a big lens. I use it a lot with a Digital Rebel DSLR..

Dave.

* You might also look into a shooting stick, which is basically an extensible walking pole with a yoke for supporting a firearm's forestock. I used one for a while, but like you wanted something that'd fit into my bag...

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