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    Question What is the use of a monopod?

    Hi all,

    What are the type of situations where a monopod would be a better choice than a tripod? Or in what ways it can be used? I can only think of insect photography where a monopod may be a better choice. Any other scenarios?

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    Well I've known some to use it to wack people instead of using it...............

    (Me @@ Argent2)

    Anyway, it can oso be use to support the weight of the camera in events whereby there is a little time lapse. Oso, have a monopod in tricky lighting condition helps too.

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    Originally posted by Bluestrike
    Well I've known some to use it to wack people instead of using it...............


    That's true! Monopod is good for travelling, self defence tool.

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    That's true! Monopod is good for travelling, self defence tool.


    Ok, how many of you guys own both? Or do you think a tripod can also "act" as a monopod sometimes?? I already have a tripod, and thinking of getting a monopod... thought it might be useful to take insect shots... last week was at AH BT hold my cam waiting for those darn butterflies to touch down.. piang... my arms really ache man..end up all my pics suffer from too much handshaking

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    according to pyre, and my own tries, monopod useful only if ur lens got tripod collar... else the pitch and yaw is still there...
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    Agreed. A monopod really comes into its own when light conditions are poor. I've been saying for ages that they need to put some lights into Stanley Park, but until they do that, the trek from Anfield to Goodison in darkness carrying lots of camera gear is really far from ideal.

    A monopod, carried ever so slightly extended, and as prominently as possible, is a photographers best friend in the dark passageways and blind corners.


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    Originally posted by Bluestrike
    Well I've known some to use it to wack people instead of using it...............

    (Me @@ Argent2)

    Anyway, it can oso be use to support the weight of the camera in events whereby there is a little time lapse. Oso, have a monopod in tricky lighting condition helps too.
    It makes a very good defense weapon.
    but also good for sore backs too..


    argent2

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    Originally posted by argent2


    It makes a very good defense weapon.
    but also good for sore backs too..


    argent2
    You and your therapy stick.

    Anyway, like what the rest says... it's to reduce camera micro shake at slower shutter speeds... but definitely not for long exposures

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    Originally posted by argent2


    It makes a very good defense weapon.
    but also good for sore backs too..


    argent2
    ya ya ... a pic tells a thousand words ...



    joke a side ... for me , i use it for my telephoto lens 70-200 when taking butterfly and other insect shots ...
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    Hi gremlin,

    Below is an short article written by Wee

    http://home1.pacific.net.sg/~wee/article2.htm

    which was previously highlighted by other Clubsnappers in an old thread.


    Happy Shooting..

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    Eh, Jed can already lah, don't need until "Wee".

    At any rate, I need to update that sometime (maybe now that I'm settling down a bit I might get the chance).

    Like I said, proper technique to use the monopod when warding off would be attackers...


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    Use as a lightsabre?

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    Originally posted by Jed
    Eh, Jed can already lah, don't need until "Wee".

    At any rate, I need to update that sometime (maybe now that I'm settling down a bit I might get the chance).

    Like I said, proper technique to use the monopod when warding off would be attackers...

    recently just got my free monopod from subscription on magazine, found if the cam is mounted then it's fixed and can't turn 90 degree, how come? if i want to do vertical shoot not possible to raise monopod horizontally right?

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    Originally posted by Bluestrike
    Well I've known some to use it to wack people instead of using it...............

    (Me @@ Argent2)

    I thot she uses her Therapy Bar for that?

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    For me, I can think of 2 situations where the monopod could be useful.

    1. When space is contraint, eg. so crowded that it's advisable not to deploy the tripod.
    2. Doing panning photography?

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    Thanks to all! I have gotten myself one and will be trying it out soon!

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    Originally posted by gremlin
    Thanks to all! I have gotten myself one and will be trying it out soon!
    You are a fast worker.

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    Originally posted by chenwei

    recently just got my free monopod from subscription on magazine, found if the cam is mounted then it's fixed and can't turn 90 degree, how come? if i want to do vertical shoot not possible to raise monopod horizontally right?
    That's when you need a monopod head.(Allows 90deg turns) or a ballhead.

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    Originally posted by Zerstorer

    That's when you need a monopod head.(Allows 90deg turns) or a ballhead.
    how much for normal usage one? can recommend one for me?

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    Originally posted by chenwei

    how much for normal usage one? can recommend one for me?
    The Manfrotto Monopod head, 234RC (dunno whether it's still in production... seems like a lot of Manfrotto items are discontinued) costs around $35.

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