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    Real newbie here. Pardon me if this question sounds kind of stupid.

    What's the use of a Monopod if u already have a tripod. Tripod really
    stable the camera by standing on 3 legs but Monopod only got 1
    leg, so how does the Monopod stable the camera ? I guess one has
    to use his/her hand to stable the Monopod that stable the camera,
    so I really dunno what's point of using it How can it prevent
    the camera from motion shake since you have to stable the Monopod
    by your hand ?

    In what situation is the most ideal to use a Monopod rather than a
    tripod ?

    Sorry for asking so many questions but I really want to learn more.

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    Sometimes the tripod can really be heavy and hence a major inconvenience to bring around, esp for those taking pictures of sports. U may need to set up ur gear fast, so a tripod may not really be easy to move about. Of coz, a monopod is really less stable than having a tripod, but it beats having to hang a mid-tele lens and a slr around ur neck all the time when ur not shooting.

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    1) when space is tight
    2) when do street shooting
    3) when you want faster action
    4) sports photography

    I use mono often.

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    When you need to be in Stand2 for quite a while react very fast and your gear weighs a ton.

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    Thank you guys for all the advices. I'll be attending a concert next month
    and would like to bring my C750 to snap some pics, so will the monopod
    helps to stable the camera hence produces sharper pics ? Which monopod
    is the cheapest ? How much ?

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    ranchu, any budget?

    there are several types of monopods - some are twist-style (gitzo), and some are cam-style (manfrotto), and some are super fast to set up - one press of a button, the entire monopod is set up for you practically instantly

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    my budget is about S$30, not sure if it is too low for a monopod cos i not
    sure what is the market price for it. Havent done any research yet. How
    much is the cheapest brand hah ?

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    the monopod is just to ease the weight of the lens on your left hand

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    I think monopod is of more use to people with those big mama lenses, eg sports shooters, wild life shooters etc. For more normal lenses, when you are in a situation where you cannot handhold a camera at the shutter speeds dictated, you are always almost better off with a tripod. That being said, a tripod is better than a monopod is better than handholding. Just don't treat a monopod as a tripod substitute and don't expect to be able to use it with consistent results for shutterspeeds >0.5 or 1 sec.

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    a monopod is better than non.

    of course, if you can form triangles with a monopod, it can be very stable. higher off the ground, the lesser chance of being stable, unless the monopod leg can form a steady triangle.

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