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    hi all,

    when to use the monopod, when to use tripod? so far, i'm using the tripod only.. monopod, easier to carry ard rite? pls enlighten! hehe..thanks!

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    i oni own tripodz, IMO i will oni get a monopod if my lense + cam combo is v heavy.

    a tripod w/ 1 leg extended = monopod, no? weighs more thou...

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    If you have to ask, stick with a tripod.

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    what do u shoot?
    eat. drink. shoot

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    mainly nature. so, better to stick wif tripods?

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    Quote Originally Posted by niki
    mainly nature. so, better to stick wif tripods?
    monopod is used mainly for sports
    eat. drink. shoot

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    a tripod w/ 1 leg extended = monopod, no? weighs more thou...
    truetrue.. actually... 3 legs extended, without splitting the legs, also considered monopod rite? hehe..

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    I have tripod and a self-standing monopod, nowaday I only use the self-standing monopod because of it portability, but it sure won't be as stable as a tripod, that's why the AS of KM5D come to help.
    For Night/Firework or long exposure time shooting, better stick to tripod. Use monopod as support if you are shooting with heavy lens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by niki
    truetrue.. actually... 3 legs extended, without splitting the legs, also considered monopod rite? hehe..
    some people actually stick all three legs out and group it together for portability and use as a monopod, it's more stable than the single leg solution.
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    icic.. point noted. thanks.. now.. dun have heavy lens yet..so i guess, i'm alrite for the time being..

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    Quote Originally Posted by niki
    truetrue.. actually... 3 legs extended, without splitting the legs, also considered monopod rite? hehe..
    heh, never thought of this

    i only have a tripod, no monopod. sometimes when i want to be more mobile, i only extend one leg on the tripod - much easier to control the height by leaning the 'pod at different angles. and if i really want to shorten or lengthen it, adjust one leg can already.

    not as light and convenient as a monopod, but can save a bit of cash. more importantly, the other legs will be there when i need them.

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    Monopod: Good for fast panning shots.
    Tripod: Good for pano, night shots.

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    Instead of looking at the type of photography, look at the type of shutterspeeds u'll need. From my own experience, a monopod, when used correctly, is good for an extra 2-3 stops slower shutterspeeds (especially with heavier equipment). So if you need shutterspeeds even lower than what you can get with a monopod then use a tripod.

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    i only use my tripod at night when im doing exposures under 1/10th. normally monopod+vr is gd enough. a stable enough tripod(for d70s+70-200vr) is just too bulky to lug around while i can simply clip my monopod to my belt.

    no pt using those freebie tripods for heavier gear, they're abt as stable as a monopod and r shorter

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    Hi, honestly the tripod is a better option if you require longer exposure time. Not necessary true that it helps with faster panning. It very much depends on how you manuvere your pod too. In fact. there are some specific ways of using the monopod. If used correctly, can take up to 3-5 seconds exposure with extremely mild if not no shake. So maybe you might wanna try and see how it works for you too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by +evenstar
    good reading!

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    Always choose tripods unless

    a) weight and agility is issue (e.g. hiking, climbing)

    b) no space to deploy tripod

    c) tripod not allowed (e.g. certain meuseums)



    Hey Niki, nice Westie! :hi-five:
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    Quote Originally Posted by drake336
    c) tripod not allowed (e.g. certain meuseums)
    how come a tripod is not allowed? and y a monopod is allowed instead?

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    Quote Originally Posted by roti_prata
    how come a tripod is not allowed? and y a monopod is allowed instead?
    Not becos monopod allowed, but monopod maybe fast enough so that you can shoot and scoot...

    Seriously though, once you try to setup a large tripod in the middle of walkway, you can bet the curators will pounce on you, but if you walk in with camera already on monopod, you may escape their notice and they might not care since you are not obstructing anyone...

    But remember... no flash photography in museums, ok?

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