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Jan 17, 2010 21:15 |  #1

So when I was at walmart picking up some plexiglass photo frames for this mod. And decided to stroll through the photo section, and saw the Tragus 67" monopod (external link) for $15, and seeing as I do not have a monopod and would like one for my biking, and landscape photog I thought I'd try it out...worse case I take it back in 30 days :D.

Specs:
-Extends to 67" (5.5ft / 1.7m)
-Supports 5lbs (under spec'ed...go farther down for example)
-Rubber foot with ground spike
-Quick Release leg locks
-1/2" 40 screw mount
-Foam hand grip and wristband
-5 year limited warranty

Pros (so far)
cheap
light
sturdy

Cons (so far)
no adjustable head
fully extended is not quite as rigid

First Reactions:
When I picked up the packaging I noticed that it was bloodly light, I don't have a gram number on it (I can try to get one), but it def is light.

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Also due to the fact it is in the packaging of the devil it was a challenge opening it without cutting myself, or nicking it (which I somewhat failed at). Which also brings me to the finish which seems like a beadblasted anno finish, and I know from finishes like this on paintball on biking parts that it hold up for a long time...of course that's if it's done right...time will tell.
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The closed length is 21" and the fully open is of course 57". Luckily I don't need it all the way extended only being 5'11" since it doesn't seem as study/ridgid on the last extension fully extended. So I marked the lower section where I like it so I can easily keep the last extension as small and rigid as possible.
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Jan 17, 2010 21:16 |  #2

This is the locking mechanism, doesn't seem like much, but so far it does it's job well. I'm hoping it doesn't start to wear out. But as said before this guy has a 5 year warranty so as long as it last that long that's good :).

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It says that it supports 5lbs...I know that the stuff I put on it was more than 5lbs (probably more like 6-7.5lbs), and it didn't budge. Just holding it so the fork and wheel wouldn't fall off.
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Some Final bits:
I also want to take some road bike tape and rap the middle of the main tube up to the handle so that when I'm just carrying it without a camera on a cold day it doesn't freeze my hand off :P.

Hopefully it will stop raining super hard in the morning and I can go out and properly test it. But around my college suite it seems to be doing great

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Jan 17, 2010 21:20 |  #3

mmm might have to pic one of these up. I think i saw one at radio shack for 9.99


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Jan 17, 2010 21:28 |  #4

NorCalNomad wrote in post #9414578 (external link)
This is the locking mechanism, doesn't seem like much, but so far it does it's job well. I'm hoping it doesn't start to wear out. But as said before this guy has a 5 year warranty so as long as it last that long that's good :).

It says that it supports 5lbs...I know that the stuff I put on it was more than 5lbs (probably more like 6-7.5lbs), and it didn't budge. Just holding it so the fork and wheel wouldn't fall off.

how it looks with my 1000d and 430exII

Some Final bits:
I want to make a L bracket for it from some of the alum I have laying around at home so I can shoot portrait with it also. But since I'm at college and home is 9hours away, and my dad likes to tinker...might have to send him what I want done and have him have fun with it :P. I also want to take some road bike tape and rap the middle of the main tube up to the handle so that when I'm just carrying it without a camera on a cold day it doesn't freeze my hand off :P.

Hopefully it will stop raining super hard in the morning and I can go out and properly test it. But around my college suite it seems to be doing great

you can accomplish the same thing with a manfrotto tilt head but it will affect camera height when you go to portrait.

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Jan 17, 2010 22:22 |  #5

ed rader wrote in post #9414671 (external link)
you can accomplish the same thing with a manfrotto tilt head but it will affect camera height when you go to portrait.

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meh that doesn't really matter when I'm shooting mtb stuff


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Feb 06, 2010 16:23 |  #6

Got one of the manfrotto tilt heads, here is what it looks like with it. Looks almost as if it was built for it. And gives the monopod a little more heft which is nice, and feels super secure.

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Feb 07, 2010 04:15 |  #7

You look just like me in that photo. Made me do a double-take.




  
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Feb 07, 2010 08:38 |  #8

Amvona has some alum. monopods that have a spec'd weight even higher for $19, something to consider.

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Vanguard has some interesting monopods (I have one) on Amazon as well in the $20-24 range. In fact the one I have has a foot that swings out from the bottom of the tripod that allows me to step on it so that the monopod doesn't go anywhere should little kids run into it.

I would just be leary of the locks, those don't take much to damage or come loose. Should you have a very loose grip on the camera, and a lock goes, timber.... I would put a wrist strap on the head of the monopod just as protection.


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Feb 07, 2010 08:49 |  #9

Sweet... Not bad for 15 bucks... When I worked at Best Buy they sold a Dynex Monopod... Decent quality, def not a high dollar piece of equipment, but Best Buy sure thought it was with 30 dollar price tag... Good thing I got a discount on it, less then 4 dollars!!! Coupled with a Manfrotto head = nice little setup...


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Feb 07, 2010 17:08 |  #10

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You look just like me in that photo. Made me do a double-take.

maybe I is you O.O :p


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Feb 07, 2010 17:19 |  #11

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Mar 29, 2010 20:45 |  #12

hmmmm, interesting.


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Mar 29, 2010 21:42 |  #13

this deserves a portrait comparison

(off topic, i know)

on topic: how does the tripod handle shake? when you hit the monopod on the ground, does it tremble or rattle?


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Mar 29, 2010 22:07 |  #14

c2thew wrote in post #9896804 (external link)
this deserves a portrait comparison

(off topic, i know)

on topic: how does the tripod handle shake? when you hit the monopod on the ground, does it tremble or rattle?

portrait comparison?

And no doesn't shake at all even on a nice slick gym floor


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Apr 09, 2010 09:42 |  #15

So where is the portrait comparison at?


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