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Nov 13, 2013 08:37 |  #1

Hi guys,

Does anyone have any experience with this? I need to know if it's worth getting as I'm looking for something to use in exhibition halls that doesn't take up a shed load of room like my tripod, easy to pick up and walk around with and light to carry, so I can use a shutter speed of a second or so with no shake.

Camera on top would be a 60D + 50 f/1.4 so not that heavy...

http://www.parkcameras​.com …NHM5Kr84boCFTGW​tAodESwAbA (external link)


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Nov 13, 2013 14:41 |  #2

I have one just like it as mine is meant for video. If you have a light and balanced load you can balance one on top easy, just don't trust it and make sure you are constantly watching it.


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Nov 15, 2013 11:41 |  #3

Varizoom makes a few that look a little sturdier. Never used so can't comment on how it would hold up.
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Nov 18, 2013 07:35 |  #4

Cheers guys, it will be by me at all times so I can keep an eye on it, so long as there is no shake then I'll be happy.

Mike, they look good... don't look like I can get them over here in the UK though, so will have to think about that.


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Nov 18, 2013 19:43 |  #5

We use those monopods all the time for our PTRZ CoFDM pod cams on BTVision. Pretty good & pretty stable for what they are.


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Nov 21, 2013 07:48 |  #6

Thanks Nortonski, I think I've made my mind up and will be getting one in a few weeks :)


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Feb 12, 2014 18:03 |  #7

I use it regularly. For what it is, it works well. Bulky? Heavy? Sluggish? Manfrotto heads and RC2 (ugh) QR plates? Yes to all. See the Kirk MPA-2 to cure the later problem.

But it's still a decent monopod. With the "feet"? I agree with the prior suggestion to not let it out of your sight, or don't turn your back on it. I would further suggest keeping one hand or a connected strap on it at all times. Safe is more pleasant, if slower, than sorry.

The specs say it folds to 20" - but with the bottom collar needed to insert the feet, the fold-down spec is a long-ish 21.5" (plus, of course, head - when attached) - which would be no problem if you're 6'5" or so... Even without your L-bracketed, gripped camera, it becomes a load to walk around with for day-long sojourns.




  
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Feb 13, 2014 18:36 as a reply to  @ daleg's post |  #8

I have one and like everyone else has said it works like advertised if you have a balanced load. I used it with a 5D2 and 85L and had no problems, but don't walk away from it. Getting the 3 legs out of the base isn't very hard but you'll probably want to collapse them and not walk around with it while they're extended and they're tripping hazards.


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