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03/26/2010 12:28:43 PM · #1
How to use a monopod
Apparently I bookmarked this for future reference and forgot about it until I was browsing through my bookmarks. Some useful info I didn't know before. Now that I've go that spiffy new carbon fiber monopod from Woot, I'm anxious to try it out.

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03/26/2010 12:38:49 PM · #2
Just got a monopod last week. Thanks for sharing the article.

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03/26/2010 01:06:43 PM · #3
pretty good read, they really dummy it up for ya. I hadn't thought of those holding positions and barely use my monopod for anything more than a walking stick or potential weapon (for self defense of course)...I'm gonna have to get back out there and try some of these stands. I probably would have a lot more luck also if I had a pivoting ball head, I just screw straight to the monopod and lose TONS of flexability.
03/26/2010 01:15:03 PM · #4
Originally posted by sabphoto:

pretty good read, they really dummy it up for ya. I hadn't thought of those holding positions and barely use my monopod for anything more than a walking stick or potential weapon (for self defense of course)...

Funny -- the only times I've used a "monopod" it was cobbled together from a "walking stick" (cane, actually) and a mini-tripod I have with a Velcro strap to attach it ...

Informative article -- I hadn't thought of those stablizing positions either. There are a few funny typos though -- be careful about following some instructions too explicitly ...
03/26/2010 01:20:47 PM · #5
:-) Yep, agreed that's a good article!
03/26/2010 03:37:27 PM · #6
Well, one use for them is when I go urban exploring. Sometimes you just can't set up a tripod in those abandoned buildings. It can also be used to stop you from falling through a hole in the floor. As it gives way, put the pod the long way across your body, and walah, you are dangling in the floor looking at the next floor down, and you have been saved by your monopod. It makes an interesting perspective shot.

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03/26/2010 03:38:44 PM · #7
Originally posted by JunieMoon:

It can also be used to stop you from falling through a hole in the floor. As it gives way, put the pod the long way across your body, and walah, you are dangling in the floor looking at the next floor down, and you have been saved by your monopod.

Is this the voice of experience talking?
03/26/2010 03:56:55 PM · #8
No, Just a great imagination. Actually, my partner in crime (my 23 year old daughter) did fall through the floor. It was the ground floor, though, so we just had to dangle through the hole to reach her (feet being held by another partner in crime) so we could get her out. It would not have been cool to call 911. What do you say? I am trespassing in an abandoned building and fell through the hole. Can you save me and please not throuw me in jail.
Originally posted by Yo_Spiff:

Originally posted by JunieMoon:

It can also be used to stop you from falling through a hole in the floor. As it gives way, put the pod the long way across your body, and walah, you are dangling in the floor looking at the next floor down, and you have been saved by your monopod.

Is this the voice of experience talking?

03/26/2010 04:04:05 PM · #9
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03/27/2010 02:28:04 AM · #10
I got a monopod while in New Mexico in 06, and have carried and used it almost every time that I go shooing. It has a swivel head, and has threaded holes in the side below the camera mount. I can screw one of the 16 inch legs (it came with 3 rod legs) into one of the holes, then hold the rod against my neck, making the set up very stable in the horizontal axis as well as the vertical. By hooking the foot in my belt buckle, and using the extra leg, I can get excellent tracking on flying birds or moving things for panning shots. It's great for getting low and high angles using self timer or remote too. I can reach about 7.5 ft up plus the 6 ft of monopod, and get the camera about 12 ft up to get a totally different perspective.
I have used it for rock climbing too, to stabilize me while going over boulders. It's great that it also takes the weight of the camera off your shoulder, back, and arms during times when it's not actually being used for shooting. I call it my "picture stick".
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03/27/2010 11:37:59 AM · #11
Thanks for the link -- will have to try it out.

I was dragged kicking and screaming to using a monopod. However, during football season last year, my shoulder hurt constantly for about 3 months. About 2 weeks after the season ended, the pain went away, but any time I would shoot, it would start hurting again.

Soooo, this last season I used it and was able to shoot for several hours without the pain. That alone was worth using it.
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