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ernie1984

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Hi, a noob here.. may i know whats a monopod used for? gt tripod alerady wat..wat for need monopod..where it has only 1 leg..balance meh?
 

adamadam

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More compact, portable, easier to carry around.
I think of course it won't be as good as a tripod, but for situations with limited space where you are unable to set up a tripod, and moving around. Or for using with heavy lenses. :)
 

bahibo

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monopod usually use for long tele, sometimes macro , not for real low light situation, shoot at night still need tripod but monopod easier to move around,fast,reduce some shaking and sometimes help if u use big and heavy lens that u can't hold with ur hand.
 

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I swear by monopod and I will rather go without a tripod then a monopod.

A monopod in essense is your third leg...with your the other 2 leg u have a tripod already.

A monopod helps me to achieve a lot of space constraint, muscle aching, temperature soaring, height limiting as well as life threatening conditions.

I use them on convocations, performances where u are not the official photographer and need to confine to a place. How to use a tripod?

Also when u pan, u track or constantly be alert, where u rest your gear?

In very cold temperature where my 1 series metal alloy body freezes, I merely uses the monopod to hold them over my shoulders.

In hot temperature when my hands are sweating, the monopod also helps to stablise the body and lenses.

Also with a monopod u can push your camera up above crowds using your remote shutter release or wired cable to shoot.

And lastly whenever I go out at odd timings or unfamiliar places, my 2.5m monopod not only serves as my walking cane but as a pole for hitting robbers and weird looking foreigners.

Also, u are 10 times more likely to use a monopod than your tripod when weight is concern.

Don't leave home without it.
 

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i tink in a way it helps when u are taking images with v large lenses too...to minimize handshake and to ease the stress of carrying the lens around whist shooting..
 

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But how long can a monopod hold? In term of shutter speed? Does IS,SR,VR help?
 

jeanie

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But how long can a monopod hold? In term of shutter speed? Does IS,SR,VR help?
it helps but someone told me to switch to 'ACTIVE' vr to counteract yawing(left right) movements since having a monopod will reduce updown shaking tremendously.

i do have a problem of keeping it still (from yawing movements):cry:

monopod also good as a self defence weapon if you are shooting you ulu countries.
but u must first watch and learn all jet li's shaolin stick moves.:bsmilie:
ok, JJ.
 

compro_1975

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when you close all the legs of the tripod isn't is a monopod? buy 1 get 2 uses:cool:
 

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it helps but someone told me to switch to 'ACTIVE' vr to counteract yawing(left right) movements since having a monopod will reduce updown shaking tremendously.

i do have a problem of keeping it still (from yawing movements):cry:

monopod also good as a self defence weapon if you are shooting you ulu countries.
but u must first watch and learn all jet li's shaolin stick moves.:bsmilie:
ok, JJ.
For my type of shooting, the photo I take, I do not use monopod. Get a good lightweight carbon fiber tripod instead.

Monopod will never be anywhere near as steady as a tripod. However, if you are shooting sports, actions, and need a long lens, maybe, monopod is the way to go. For portraits, landscape, still life, macro, anything done in a studio, anytime you need to shoot something very far away, anytime you are using a very long lens, whenever you need longer exposure ... the best option is still a tripod.
 

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it is for just when you only need that little bit more support

a monopod cannot hold a camera motionless

so it depends on your use
 

ernie1984

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so besides saving space.. u can also use it to hit ppl la haha:sweatsm:
ok thanks guys for the comments..

any good and cheap one <100 tt u guys recommend?
 

broccoli

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shoot fireworks....monopod no use...but tripod is useful.....

space constrain....monopod very useful.....but tripod cannot be activated....


SO!!!! I have both!!!!
 

knpan

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figure out.

agility and mobility. reduce shake, many more
 

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it helps but someone told me to switch to 'ACTIVE' vr to counteract yawing(left right) movements since having a monopod will reduce updown shaking tremendously.

i do have a problem of keeping it still (from yawing movements):cry:

monopod also good as a self defence weapon if you are shooting you ulu countries.
but u must first watch and learn all jet li's shaolin stick moves.:bsmilie:
ok, JJ.
but jeanie...

monopod will be good if you need to pan the camera around all the time for long duration...thus i feel that switching on VR not very usefully...as it counter your small movement required...
 

jeanie

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but jeanie...

monopod will be good if you need to pan the camera around all the time for long duration...thus i feel that switching on VR not very usefully...as it counter your small movement required...
yes, panning, no.vr normal.
but to counteract yaw, vr active.
that's what i was told.:dunno:
 

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I use my monopod more than my tripod. Great for nature, sports and macro. Depending on your technique, it should give you about 2-3 stops slower shutterspeeds. Combined with IS/VR there is some added advantage i feel but I can't quantify it as I've never really done any tests to "measure it".
 

dot1q

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the tripod can be monopod also by not opening up its legs. it helps me a lot when shooting in a crowded spot. :)
 

Rolldrum

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Anyone got a picture of someone using a monopod?
 

knpan

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Combined with IS/VR there is some added advantage i feel but I can't quantify it as I've never really done any tests to "measure it".
i think you are wrong. if u use VR/IS with tripod or mono pod, there would be more image blur than sharpness when especially very slow shutter speed. i experienced that. even the booklet says that. i was shooting at those concert hall, where lighitng is low, with ISO 1600, with the 80 - 400 f4.5 to 5.6, i could only go to about 1/40 to get the jusr right exposure, i switched on VR with that same shutter speed, thinking that the blur would be reduced, not instead more blur was created. Was on the monopod. I switched off the VR, and there was obvious the blur was less.
 

Denosha

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i think you are wrong. if u use VR/IS with tripod or mono pod, there would be more image blur than sharpness when especially very slow shutter speed. i experienced that. even the booklet says that. i was shooting at those concert hall, where lighitng is low, with ISO 1600, with the 80 - 400 f4.5 to 5.6, i could only go to about 1/40 to get the jusr right exposure, i switched on VR with that same shutter speed, thinking that the blur would be reduced, not instead more blur was created. Was on the monopod. I switched off the VR, and there was obvious the blur was less.
Hmm.. Nikon's VR tech is different then i guess.

http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=CanonAdvantageTopicDtlAct&id=2646 - "With a monopod, the Image Stabilizer on all IS lenses operates normally as during hand-held shooting. Also, the EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM, EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM, EF 500mm f/4L IS USM, and EF 600mm f/4L IS USM lenses have a mechanism that allows the Image Stabilizer to function properly while the lens is mounted on a tripod."
 

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