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Looking for a Manfrotto monopod..

 
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Dec 21, 2007 08:54 |  #16

Depending on your heigth, I use the 685B with a 488CR0 ball head. Its quick, and gives me the ability to extend above my head. I'm 5'9. Good luck!


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Dec 21, 2007 11:32 |  #17

In2Photos wrote in post #4546208 (external link)
It can allow you lower shutter speeds, but I wouldn't rely on it for that purpose. There is still the possibility of movement. I rely on my monopod to simply hold the camera/lens for me, rather than to allow me to shoot at slower shutter speeds.

What about using a monopod "stabilized" against a tree/fence? I do mostly landscapes/nature and sometimes I just don't have time for a tripod.


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Dec 21, 2007 12:40 |  #18

I bought and use this (external link) on my 680B Monopod for added support and stability. Looks like B&H has a good condition used one too right now for $13.

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Dec 21, 2007 12:55 |  #19

versedmb wrote in post #4547035 (external link)
What about using a monopod "stabilized" against a tree/fence? I do mostly landscapes/nature and sometimes I just don't have time for a tripod.

Well sure that could help. The item Ben mentions above looks like a great addition as well. Anything you can do to get the shot.


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Dec 21, 2007 13:08 |  #20

There is also this addition which is cool for low shots that require more stability. Dont know all the types of photography you will be using your monopod for, but just an FYI. LINK (external link)

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Dec 21, 2007 15:05 as a reply to  @ post 4546208 |  #21

Also found this thing for added support.....

http://www.amazon.com …TF8&qid=1198271​012&sr=8-1 (external link)

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Dec 21, 2007 15:20 |  #22

versedmb wrote in post #4548114 (external link)
Also found this thing for added support.....

http://www.amazon.com …TF8&qid=1198271​012&sr=8-1 (external link)

Yep theres another. Though I did some research on that one and the reviews I have read around the net including here all seem to agree that those who have those legs dont use them. They usually say that they dont trust them as tripod legs to hold up a camera, and they dont really help much with stability.


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Dec 21, 2007 15:23 |  #23

My other half has just today bought a really nice monopod the Manfrotto MN682B this monopod is fun as it has legs which are screwed inside and if you need to convert monopod to tripod they are there, so best of both worlds.




  
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Dec 21, 2007 15:36 |  #24

cazray wrote in post #4548219 (external link)
My other half has just today bought a really nice monopod the Manfrotto MN682B this monopod is fun as it has legs which are screwed inside and if you need to convert monopod to tripod they are there, so best of both worlds.

DO NOT use those little legs to support your camera without you holding onto the monopod. They will not provide the stability you need to keep your camera from crashing to the ground. I would not even use them that way with the monopod fully collapsed.

The only valid use I can think of for the little legs is to hold your monopod vertical while you are getting your camera out of the bag to put on the monopod. The little legs will be more of a hindrance than a help in most applications for a monopod that I can think of. You wouldn't be able to pan (by rotating the monopod) smoothly with them out, for example.


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Dec 21, 2007 18:38 as a reply to  @ SkipD's post |  #25

I have the 679B which is a 3-section pod. The 680 is 4-sections. I like 3 because it's faster to setup and collapse, but the 4-section is more compact.

If you are tall (6 foot+) be cautious. I am about 5'10". The 679B without a head is too short for me. With the 3229, it's perfect. If you are 6 foot, then even this combo might be slightly too short.

Overall, I am extremely happy with this monopod. It is stronger than I expected. I have seen posts suggesting that it is so sturdy, you can even use it as a walking stick while hiking.


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Dec 21, 2007 21:54 |  #26

cazray wrote in post #4548219 (external link)
My other half has just today bought a really nice monopod the Manfrotto MN682B this monopod is fun as it has legs which are screwed inside and if you need to convert monopod to tripod they are there, so best of both worlds.

Im pretty sure this Monopod is the same as the 680 but with the legs already in the kit. You can just buy them later and add them to the 680.


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Dec 22, 2007 00:18 |  #27

versedmb wrote in post #4547035 (external link)
What about using a monopod "stabilized" against a tree/fence? I do mostly landscapes/nature and sometimes I just don't have time for a tripod.

that's when an IS lens comes in handy.

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Dec 22, 2007 11:20 |  #28

Read this link on how to use a Monopod :

http://www.outdooreyes​.com/photo5.php3 (external link)

NightHound posted this before and it's good info help !




  
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Dec 22, 2007 11:30 |  #29

I do find that with proper monopod technique (it takes some practice), I can get about a 2 stop advantage in shutter speed. It's not the same as IS, though, because if your technique is off, you lose the advantage. I do regularly shoot with my 80-200 at 200mm, 1/125 to 1/160 and get sharp shots with the monopod, sometimes as low as 1/100, but that's about my limit.


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Dec 22, 2007 11:46 as a reply to  @ Jman13's post |  #30

i use the 681B and 486RC2 mostly because i needed the extra height. im 6 foot 4 and fully extended my eyepiece is about 2 inches above my eye. when i switch to portrait have to stoop a bit or spread my legs wider. i like the fact that the 681 is only 3 sections so i only have 2 latches to flip. i have the 488RC2 on my tripod and in my opinion its overkill for a mono. i don't need the pan feature or the extra weight on a mono-pod. as far as the effectiveness against camera shake i wouldnt say the mono-pod gets me much. i need 1/320 at the long end of my 70-200 and with the pod i can go 1/200 (that's with my 1.4x on).

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