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« Reply #25 on: December 08, 2019, 17:07 »
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Sorry. Old followup.... I had to say. get a Roll of 30LB fishing Line. attach a Large metal washer to One end and a 1/4 20 Bolt to the other. Make it as Long as the distance from the washer to Your Eye after attaching it to the camera and standing On the washer end. Perfect tripod and weighs Nothing.


« Reply #26 on: December 09, 2019, 00:05 »
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I have intermittent hand tremors, and recently got rid of my DSLR & telephoto, switching to a lumix FZ-1000 which has a 25 - 400 zoom.

I've ditched the tripod for a lt-weight monopod, and added a SLIK ball head quick release ($25-30 on amazon).  I only extend the monopod so it's about 18" and keep it in my camera bag and hold the camera out so my neck helps steady it even more for 3 pt support

this setup weighs < 3 lb; i get images that are sharp enough at 100% to be accepted at  microstock agencies - i can even bracket for HDR handheld

gillian vann

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« Reply #27 on: December 10, 2019, 04:57 »
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I still have my manfrotto monopod, it's been useful on an off. When you buy something of quality it lasts for a long time (buy nice or buy twice), unless I lose it I image it will do me until I quit photography.

« Reply #28 on: December 10, 2019, 06:12 »
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Here is another perspective, compact tripods that have a detachable leg converted to monopod.
In my case, a bulky benro with video head monopod was exchanged with a manfrotto elements, light enough to always be attached to the backpack and never looked back. Sometimes i miss the tilt option of video heads though.

« Reply #29 on: December 10, 2019, 21:46 »
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..... Sometimes i miss the tilt option of video heads though.

i have a ball head quick release from SLIK - cost about $20

« Reply #30 on: December 11, 2019, 02:35 »
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..... Sometimes i miss the tilt option of video heads though.

i have a ball head quick release from SLIK - cost about $20

Not a matter of cost. Switching from half a kilo video heads to arca swiss ballhead was a weight relief. But video heads do excellent hand or gravity tilting shots. With a ballhead the only smooth precise vertical movement is by tilting the whole tripod.

Uncle Pete

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« Reply #31 on: December 11, 2019, 09:29 »
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..... Sometimes i miss the tilt option of video heads though.

i have a ball head quick release from SLIK - cost about $20

Not a matter of cost. Switching from half a kilo video heads to arca swiss ballhead was a weight relief. But video heads do excellent hand or gravity tilting shots. With a ballhead the only smooth precise vertical movement is by tilting the whole tripod.

Funny you should mention that, my monopods have nothing but the threaded end and I can pan my tilting and moving the whole "stick".

Also along the lines of durability, only reason I bought a second was, the new one is longer. My old one I bought, probably, in 1969. Twist clamps, not the new flip kind, which are less sticky and under weight, tend to slip.  My fault, it's a cheap one from Blacks. Even the Manfrotto Pro carbon fiber lists as 11 pounds. I need more than that for some of my long lenses? I don't do video... which means the $49 - Oben ACM-2400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod should be the next one I buy.

    26.4 lb Load Capacity
    63.2" Maximum Height
    Collapses to 21.3"
    Lightweight - Weighs 1.65 lb

Then I'll have too many, but the last one I'll ever need?  8)

I'm glad the subject came up, I think I need to place an order from B&H pretty soon for a bunch of little things.


« Reply #32 on: December 11, 2019, 10:24 »
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Not sure if this applies for everyone Uncle Pete but I have this "whatever fits in (or around) the backpack " rule. Whatever is not used is sold or recycled.

It is heavier carrying but saves money and also ensures that never will use excuses as "oh! if I just had {gear} with me I would have nailed the shot".

:P

Uncle Pete

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« Reply #33 on: December 11, 2019, 10:43 »
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Not sure if this applies for everyone Uncle Pete but I have this "whatever fits in (or around) the backpack " rule. Whatever is not used is sold or recycled.

It is heavier carrying but saves money and also ensures that never will use excuses as "oh! if I just had {gear} with me I would have nailed the shot".

:P

Sounds good, even though I have no backpack and don't carry a tripod when out walking. Monopod has a clip that I added so it attaches to my belt. Black Rapid Dual and photo vest. No bags or backpack.

But back to monopods, I have one in the car at all times backup, one that's with me for shooting, and I picked up a used one at the resale shop, just because it was there. Somewhere in the house stacked with a half dozen tripods.


 

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