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Proper Technique for shooting with Monopod
Hi. Is there any good articles available for proper shooting technique using a monopod. I have been trying to shoot with my monopod and I am still noticing camera shake especially when lens is at full zoom. I am using a Canon XTI and a Sigma 70-300mm.

Thanks...

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There are many reasons why your image might not be sharp. Are you sure the result is from camera shake. There are may variables all of which can effect the final shot. ISO/noise, shutter speed, correct focussing. Coupled with holding the camera still. I think that as long as you are holding the camera as still as you can then there is nothing wrong with using a monopod and it has to be better than hand holding.



Fibroman wrote:.

Hi. Is there any good articles available for proper shootingtechnique using a monopod. I have been trying to shoot with mymonopod and I am still noticing camera shake especially when lens isat full zoom. I am using a Canon XTI and a Sigma 70-300mm.

Thanks..

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Comment #1

Http://www.outdooreyes.com/photo5.php3.

Http://www.nikonians.org/monopods/(The later pages deal with technique).

Chris Elliott.

*Nikon* D Eighty + Fifty - Other equipment in Profile.

Http://PlacidoD.Zenfolio.com/..

Comment #2

My favourite tip is to have the foot of the monopod a good couple of feet away from you - you will obviously need a swivel head or a small ball head for this, and a monopod which is not too short. It's amazing how much difference this makes..

The other key point is that a monopod is not a substitute for good hand-holding technique. It merely assists you, and you still need to adopt a good posture, use whatever support is available to keep yourself steady, avoid stabbing at the shutter, and so on...

Comment #3

I agree with Steve that a small ball head improves the useability of a monopod massively. I used a simple Manfrotto monopod head for years that simply permits movement from Portriat to Landscape mode. I now use a Manfrotto 486RC2 to much better effect. I would add that a quick release facility on any head (like the RC2 plate) is vital..

Chris Elliott.

*Nikon* D Eighty + Fifty - Other equipment in Profile.

Http://PlacidoD.Zenfolio.com/..

Comment #4

Chris Elliott wrote:.

I used a simple Manfrotto monopod head for yearsthat simply permits movement from Portriat to Landscape mode. I nowuse a Manfrotto 486RC2 to much better effect..

The only ball head I have for my monopod is a very small no-brand item that I picked up years ago. In theory it can't handle the weight of a DSLR and long lens but I can use it with the monopod because I'm mostly supporting the weight..

But I've been thinking for some time that I ought to get hold of something better - would you recommend the 486? Do you feel it is compact enough for convenience with a monopod?..

Comment #5

Steve Balcombe wrote:.

...would you recommend the 486? Do you feel it iscompact enough for convenience with a monopod?.

Steve,.

I think it is a perfect size for everything bar hiking (I can always dig out my 234RC2 monopod tilt head for that). I would also not want to pair it with a really light monopod as it would be too top heavy (Cannot give you a make & model for my 'pod as it is quite old and inherited and works superbly with a foot release to quickly adjust length)..

I copes well with my D80 and e.g 80-200 f/2.8..

As you might expect I tend to make a tripod of my two legs and the monopod leaning into each other and so I would not want a really light weight monopod that would bow under such light pressure..

Chris Elliott.

*Nikon* D Eighty + Fifty - Other equipment in Profile.

Http://PlacidoD.Zenfolio.com/..

Comment #6

Chris Elliott wrote:.

Steve Balcombe wrote:.

...would you recommend the 486? Do you feel it iscompact enough for convenience with a monopod?.

Steve,.

I think it is a perfect size for everything bar hiking (I can alwaysdig out my 234RC2 monopod tilt head for that). I would also not wantto pair it with a really light monopod as it would be too top heavy(Cannot give you a make & model for my 'pod as it is quite old andinherited and works superbly with a foot release to quickly adjustlength)..

Same here, I have a 15yo+ Manfrotto monopod, pretty heavy and very solid..

I'm also thinking of buying a light weight monopod (probably the tiny Manfrotto 790B 'Modo' monopod) to carry in my back pack, but that's a separate issue - putting a (relatively) large head on that one would defeat the object. How well it will work to provide a little extra stability, e.g. for macro work in the field, remains to be seen - but they are so cheap it has to be worth a shot..

There is a tiny Giottos ball head, I forget the model number, which combines very small size/weight with decent build quality. If anybody has experience of that I would be interested to learn more about it...

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