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    Hi, I already have a decent tripod which bought years ago...however, it still serving good, though current 300d + 420ex flash are heavier than my old Pentex SLR + flash.

    Anyway, I find that, its quite troublesome to lug along with this heavy duty tripod, and thinking should I go for a monopod instead?

    Is monopod steady or good enough in most shooting condition just to prevent/minimise camera shake ie. shooting at 1/15s or 1/30s?

    Any good monopod to recommend,.and roughly how much?

    Thanks for sharing your tips

    Cheers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ST_sg
    Hi, I already have a decent tripod which bought years ago...however, it still serving good, though current 300d + 420ex flash are heavier than my old Pentex SLR + flash.

    Anyway, I find that, its quite troublesome to lug along with this heavy duty tripod, and thinking should I go for a monopod instead?

    Is monopod steady or good enough in most shooting condition just to prevent/minimise camera shake ie. shooting at 1/15s or 1/30s?

    Any good monopod to recommend,.and roughly how much?

    Thanks for sharing your tips

    Cheers!
    Well, it ain't gonna be very good for extremely long exposures, unless you have super strong arms...
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    ya... probably... I just need a good support while maintaining steady at 1sec shots
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    depends a lot on the lenses used. but monopods are definitely not good enough for steadying 1s shots!!!

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    how about monopod with VR lens, will it work with 1s shots?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpenza
    depends a lot on the lenses used. but monopods are definitely not good enough for steadying 1s shots!!!
    say using the Sigma 70-300 APO shooting at 200mm focal length at f/11? Nature lighting or with 420ex flash?

    sorry.... I'm very new in this. Most of my shots I find its not sharp highly possibility due to cam shake
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    Apart from the focal len rule for handheld (50mm handheld not less then 1/50, 28mm not less then 1/30, 200mm not less then 1/250 etc...etc) to avoid blur image, monopod will give u additional 2-stops additional to the focal length rule.

    Other than that, mobility. U cant chase after movie stars or soccer action using tripod right?
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    borrow one monopod first and see if you like it before getting one, even though it's relatively inexpensive ($50-70). PM me if you want to borrow one.

    Also learn how to use the monopod correctly, do a search i think someone put up some very good info.
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    Has anyone tried the Giottos monopod - the "p-pod" series? The one where the monopod can attach 3 small legs, turning it into a tripod or self standing monopod?

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    I don't know if it's the same model but i heard from a shop owner that there was photographer who used something a similar "self standing monopod" as a tripod and the whole SLR came crashing down!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adzz
    how about monopod with VR lens, will it work with 1s shots?
    I frequently used monopod with the 70-200VR for nature, not alot of difference in terms of low shutterspeed (1/15s) when compared to handheld but it helps in supporting the lens so I won't get tired so easily.

    Never tried 1sec b4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ST_sg

    Any good monopod to recommend,.and roughly how much?

    Thanks for sharing your tips

    Cheers!
    Manfrotto 679 or 680. $60+ for 679, I think.
    Slik Propod 600 (I'm using this). $85
    Giottos (dunno the model).

    U can find all the above at CP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carllim
    Slik Propod 600 (I'm using this). $85

    U can find all the above at CP.
    ok. Thanks man.

    Will take note on this model
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    using the Pro Pod 600 too. bought mine from MS Color.

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