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what shoud i look for in a monopod?
I'm in the market to buy a monopod. I dont have the steadiest hands so I want to pick one up to help with my photography..

I hope to use this monopod for school althetic events but other uses as well..

Wondering if anyone can recomend any trusty brands and features and other variables to keep in mind when buying a monopod..

Tahnks..

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Unlike a tripod, a monopod supports no weight..

It is essentially a stick, that goes from the ground to the base of you camera, that helps you support the camera better. You still need to keep both hands on your camera. All the monopod does is provide a support for you to steady your camera against..

Because of this, almost any brand will do. Just make sure it has a good head and a secure foot. I got this one at Walmart for under $15, and it has a rubber foot that can convert into a metal spike, so you can use it indoors and outdoors..

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Martyhttp://flickr.com/photos/7735239@N02/Panasonic FZ7, FZ20, FZ30, LX2.

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Comment #1

Terry 672 wrote:.

Wondering if anyone can recomend any trusty brands and features andother variables to keep in mind when buying a monopod..

In general:folded length - if it's cumbersome you won't bring it with you.weight - as above..

Extended length - if you're 6'2" and the camera eyepiece is at 5'9" your back will ache before too long..

Load capacity - monopods DO support the camera+lens weight and you do not want to put a heavy pro camera + long, fast, heavy lens on a pencil..

# of sections - if two monopods have an equal max length, the one with the fewer sections will have a longer folded length but be more stable..

Leg lock type - this is a matter of preference but some folks think flip-lock levers are easier and more reliable than screw collars..

I use a Bogen 679 (3016) and have been happy with it for a decade or more. Since I generally use it with lenses which have rotating tripod collars I never found the need for a monopod head. Your mileage may vary..

Henry PosnerB&H Photo-Video..

Comment #2

Thanks for your professional advice..

What did you mean by "pencil" when you said "load capacity - monopods DO support the camera+lens weight and you do not want to put a heavy pro camera + long, fast, heavy lens on a pencil."?..

Comment #3

Terry 672 wrote:[snip].

What did you mean by "pencil" when you said "load capacity".

He is referring to the thickness of the thinnest section of the monopod - the bottom section. Go into a camera store and extend a number of monopods and you will see what he means. You don't want heavy, expensive professional kit to be resting on a monopod section that is pencil thin.Chris R..

Comment #4

The best advice is from a person who uses one. This is my free advice. Try to see if you can get a Manfrotto Art.134SS. Or a black one if that is your choice. I have taken this unit to the UK, Alaska, and all over Canada. It also doubles as a walking stick.

Just remove them put your camera case on one leg and take your own image or what ever you want...

Comment #5

Here is what I bought. Really Right Stuff Monopod Solution..

I love it..

Http://reallyrightstuff.com/mmRRS/Others/MonopodSolution.pdfCanon 5D / Canon Pro1 / Canon G350/1.4 - 17-40/4 - 24-105/4is - 70-200/4is - 100/2.8 macroGitzo GT0530/RRS BH25Gitzo GM2450/RRS..

Comment #6

Would anyone recomend the Silk pro 381 CF I dunno if anyone has encountered this model and brand before. Would the extra dollars be worth it to have something made of lighter carbon instead of the solid steel/metal?..

Comment #7

DSLR Joe wrote:.

Here is what I bought. Really Right Stuff Monopod Solution..

I love it..

Http://reallyrightstuff.com/mmRRS/Others/MonopodSolution.pdfCanon 5D / Canon Pro1 / Canon G350/1.4 - 17-40/4 - 24-105/4is - 70-200/4is - 100/2.8 macroGitzo GT0530/RRS BH25Gitzo GM2450/RRS.

This is the best monopod solution out there, IMO. It's light and sturdy and folds up well enough to carry easily. I use the RRS Lever QR instead...

Comment #8

Read this article on monopod use..

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

I also recommend using a ball head with a quick release mechanism...

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