Monopod?


Ryanchew

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Its called a monopod right? The one-legged tripod. Does anyone know the price of one? Im using a 500d and im planning to buy it for macro shots. Tripods seem too bulky and heavy. Help much appreciated :)
 

SHLEW

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Hi Ryanchew,
Go out and shoot a few sessions of macro before you even think of buying a monopod. Better to spend your bucks on a macro lens if you do not already have one. I have been to 5 CS macro sessions and only saw one bro used a monopod continously during one session. I tried it for a while yesterday at AMK Park with Jacobs group and find it a hindrance. My monopod was part of my tripod, so its ok for me, no money lost.:flush:
Cheers.
LEW
 

Ryanchew

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Hi Ryanchew,
Go out and shoot a few sessions of macro before you even think of buying a monopod. Better to spend your bucks on a macro lens if you do not already have one. I have been to 5 CS macro sessions and only saw one bro used a monopod continously during one session. I tried it for a while yesterday at AMK Park with Jacobs group and find it a hindrance. My monopod was part of my tripod, so its ok for me, no money lost.:flush:
Cheers.
LEW
I've been shooting for quite some time now, until a few months back. was studying. i have a 100mm macro lens and a tripod. it was very heavy (for me) with the flash and stuff, so wondering how much a monopod costs :) thanks for the advice.
 

cleonbus

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I've been shooting for quite some time now, until a few months back. was studying. i have a 100mm macro lens and a tripod. it was very heavy (for me) with the flash and stuff, so wondering how much a monopod costs :) thanks for the advice.
Monopods pricing range from $10-$1xxx
 

oceanpriest

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Maximum height: 64.5" (164 cm)
Load capacity: 2 kg
Canon 500D : 480 g (body only, no battery)
Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro : 584g
Flash? Diffuser? Flash Bracket? : ??? g

I think you will need to upgrade the ball head. Unless you want to mount your dslr directly on the monopod without the ballhead.
 

GRbenji

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Canon 500D : 480 g (body only, no battery)
Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro : 584g
Flash? Diffuser? Flash Bracket? : ??? g

I think you will need to upgrade the ball head. Unless you want to mount your dslr directly on the monopod without the ballhead.
Your statement sound like most use ballhead with monopod. Is really that so?
 

Ryanchew

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Canon 500D : 480 g (body only, no battery)
Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro : 584g
Flash? Diffuser? Flash Bracket? : ??? g

I think you will need to upgrade the ball head. Unless you want to mount your dslr directly on the monopod without the ballhead.
hmm, and how do i upgrade it? ><
 

oceanpriest

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Your statement sound like most use ballhead with monopod. Is really that so?
not sure, I use ballhead with monopod. some monopod such as manfrotto 680b have big screw, so need pantilt/ball head.

hmm, and how do i upgrade it? ><
I don't know your monopod can change the ball head or not. but do consider the max weight everytime you want to buy tripod/monopod/tripod head.
 

daredevil123

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hmm, and how do i upgrade it? ><
not sure, I use ballhead with monopod. some monopod such as manfrotto 680b have big screw, so need pantilt/ball head.

I don't know your monopod can change the ball head or not. but do consider the max weight everytime you want to buy tripod/monopod/tripod head.
Most people do not use ball head with monopod, if you do use a ball head with a monopod, you will find it quite hard to handle.

Most people use a single axis tilt head with a monopod. Something like this:

 

oceanpriest

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Most people do not use ball head with monopod, if you do use a ball head with a monopod, you will find it quite hard to handle.

Most people use a single axis tilt head with a monopod. Something like this:

Ic ic, thanks for the info. I assumed ppl use ball head with monopod because I saw at challanger, they sell velbon monopod + ball head together as one package :bsmilie:
 

giantcanopy

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I use a small Markins Q3T ballhead on my Gitzo monopod. Very fast adjustments in movement.

There are folks who swear by just connecting the camera to the monopod. It can definitely work well, but down to user preferences. I tried that before but there was plenty of opportunity to convince me to getting a small sturdy ballhead for it.

Ryan
 

daredevil123

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Ic ic, thanks for the info. I assumed ppl use ball head with monopod because I saw at challanger, they sell velbon monopod + ball head together as one package :bsmilie:
My cheap monopod comes with a simple Ball Head.
I use a small Markins Q3T ballhead on my Gitzo monopod. Very fast adjustments in movement.

There are folks who swear by just connecting the camera to the monopod. It can definitely work well, but down to user preferences. I tried that before but there was plenty of opportunity to convince me to getting a small sturdy ballhead for it.

Ryan
It comes down to personal preference and how you shoot in the end. I find using a ballhead on a monopod a little counter intuitive.
 

Blur Shadow

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It comes down to personal preference and how you shoot in the end. I find using a ballhead on a monopod a little counter intuitive.
I don't even use a head. I mount my lens directly on the monopod. The lens collar on my lens allows me to set it to portrait orientation.
 

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