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08-07-2018, 01:22 AM   #46
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Feisol CF Monopod

I use a Feisol Monopod for reportage work. The twist mechnism is fast. And speed is everything when shooting reportage. With an additional loop of cord, where you can step in, you can make a super fast tripodlike monopod setup.


All this I use for still images. I have not very much experiences in Video.

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I use a Feisol Monopod for reportage work. The twist mechnism is fast. And speed is everything when shooting reportage. With an additional loop of cord, where you can step in, you can make a super fast tripodlike monopod setup.


All this I use for still images. I have not very much experiences in Video.
This one?


Have to say its still twist lock at three points, why's this any faster/better?
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QuoteOriginally posted by BruceBanner Quote
I don't really have a very good or dedicated monopod, I do own just a semi decent tripod (Promaster) and one of their legs screws off and can be used as a MP. I have however used it heaps of times, I put the Arcaswiss plate ball head on the top of it, tighten it to a point so that it provides some resistance but also some flexibility, and I use it often with LV at speaking events in poor light, so that I can nail that focus a little better with magnification. I like to use MF lenses, and I have a poor back, so any kind of gadget that can help me lower the shutter speed, take some weight off the K-1 is a bonus as far as I'm concerned, I am however disheartened by the very two basic adjustments of MPing, namely twist longs or clip locks, neither are very versatile for quick adjusting.

I was wondering if any special kinda monopods exist, perhaps spring loaded so that they can fold down super quick and also extend fast, but not stupidly silly damgerous fast, just something that can help you get the right height adjustments quickly for the shots?

Failing that, I'm just wanting to hear from any other monopod fans and what they've used, what they replaced with, what they're happy with etc.

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EDIT: Just found this; Manfrotto 685B NeoTec Pro Photo Monopod with Safety Lock 685B

That looks kinda what I am getting at, something that can go up and down quickly from playing around with triggers and locks etc.
I've got a Bogen 3016 with a 3 way head that a bought new from B&H probably in the 80's...I'm thinking I paid about $40 for it. While a monopod is not as sturdy as a tripod, if you position it between your knees and pull down on the wrist strap, you can get some decent stability and it makes walking around allot easier. It's one of the best pieces of equipment I've purchased. I'm sure other brands are comparable...I chose Bogen because the price was right when I was looking.
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QuoteOriginally posted by tonyzoc Quote
I've got a Bogen 3016 with a 3 way head that a bought new from B&H probably in the 80's...I'm thinking I paid about $40 for it. While a monopod is not as sturdy as a tripod, if you position it between your knees and pull down on the wrist strap, you can get some decent stability and it makes walking around allot easier. It's one of the best pieces of equipment I've purchased. I'm sure other brands are comparable...I chose Bogen because the price was right when I was looking.
That looks like my Bogen tripod but with only one leg. I have that head but I don't use it.

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The Manfrotto 685B Neotec Pro has beeen my weapon of choice as my first monopod. It works well up to the DA 560mm.
https://www.manfrotto.us/neotec-pro-photo-monopod-with-safety-lock-holds-17-6-lbs
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A piece of string with a washer on one end and a screw for the tripod hole on the other: screw the string onto the bottom of the camera and stand on the other end of the string or on the washer and put tension on the line by pulling upwards. Depending on location and the environment around you, you could loop the string on a railing or tree branch and pull sideways or downwards. The tension holds the camera steadier. Easy to carry in your pocket and costs about 5c.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Arjay Bee Quote
A piece of string with a washer on one end and a screw for the tripod hole on the other: screw the string onto the bottom of the camera and stand on the other end of the string or on the washer and put tension on the line by pulling upwards. Depending on location and the environment around you, you could loop the string on a railing or tree branch and pull sideways or downwards. The tension holds the camera steadier. Easy to carry in your pocket and costs about 5c.
That solution does work but is less comfortable when you plan to sit in a spot and wait for your subject to show themselves.

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A piece of string with a washer on one end and a screw for the tripod hole on the other: screw the string onto the bottom of the camera and stand on the other end of the string or on the washer and put tension on the line by pulling upwards. Depending on location and the environment around you, you could loop the string on a railing or tree branch and pull sideways or downwards. The tension holds the camera steadier. Easy to carry in your pocket and costs about 5c.
Innovate idea and suggestion, neat!

Currently I am still hooked on a monopod pivoting from the waist idea. The Joby 3k Ballhead QR design is perfect for quick docking in and out, and I seldom do a bush walk or trip without at least a small tripod of sorts, so I am trying to just figure out the least about of things to take with me when I am out snapping (and involves the least amount of tripod head swapping or adapting).
I tried using just the gorilla pod Joby 4k, and dig it into my belly and pivot from there, it's not bad, the K-1 or KP flip screen is a must and assists, but I do think its still too low and neck strain kicks in, and also you might want more height.
I used my Came-tv the other day, the extra height really helped as I was at a crowded school event and could snap some shots over the fellow parents without being annoying and pushing through the crowd and getting in teh way of others;



Example shots;












Just to be clear, I wasn't on higher ground than the parents here, I just fully extended, flipped the screen down, arms stretched up to operate the camera, monopod pivoting from the waist belt region, I would not have had this height monopodding from the ground.
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Anyone already tried the new gas lifted TIffen Monopod STEADICAM AIR?
Tiffen announces foot operated gas-lift Steadicam Air monopod: Digital Photography Review
Steadicam Air - Air Lift Monopod | Tiffen
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That ad is so biased (as most ad's are). I open my monopod and position for height very quickly without fuss. Also that Tiffen is very long as displayed and looks awkward to carry - does it collapse further? If so not showing that was misleading.
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Also that Tiffen is very long as displayed and looks awkward to carry - does it collapse further?
Tiffen Steadycam Air : Collapsed Height 28″ // Fully Extended Height 62.5″ (Safety Payload Weight 15 / 25 lbs)
Manfrotto Neotec Pro: Collapsed Height 29" // Fully Extended Height 66.9" (Safety Payload Weight 17.64 lbs )

So the Tiffen is even shorter than the mechanical Manfrotto Neotec.
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QuoteOriginally posted by angerdan Quote
Tiffen Steadycam Air : Collapsed Height 28″ // Fully Extended Height 62.5″
Manfrotto Neotec Pro: Collapsed Height 29" // Fully Extended Height 66.9"

So the Tiffen is even shorter than the mechanical Manfrotto Neotec.
And quite long compared to a compact monopod like the one they used in the ad.
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Compact doens't mean fancy. And beeing short doesn't mean comfortable.
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QuoteOriginally posted by angerdan Quote
Compact doens't mean fancy. And beeing short doesn't mean comfortable.
Nor does being complex and expensive mean useful. The thing is presented badly as it is shown it looks too long to carry comfortably (likely they had the top section already extended). Further it is EXPENSIVE. Lastly the complaint I'm really making is that the example shown of the person fumbling with the more traditional monopod was an insultingly exaggerated parody of real use.
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No cuz it's hella pricey

QuoteOriginally posted by UncleVanya Quote
That ad is so biased (as most ad's are). I open my monopod and position for height very quickly without fuss. Also that Tiffen is very long as displayed and looks awkward to carry - does it collapse further? If so not showing that was misleading.
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Nor does being complex and expensive mean useful. The thing is presented badly as it is shown it looks too long to carry comfortably (likely they had the top section already extended). Further it is EXPENSIVE. Lastly the complaint I'm really making is that the example shown of the person fumbling with the more traditional monopod was an insultingly exaggerated parody of real use.
'Tis just an ad, it's gonna be silly and ridiculous. I really detest the tiny small camera they have in the video, that video is terrible imo to show where the strengths of the tripod lie, who mounts a camera like that to a $500 monopod lol?
The image seen in the wild with the wildlife photographer shooting a big ass lens from a wooden floating path illustrates its handyness far better.



But I think the marketers want to try and appeal to the less specialised shooter and more to the 'cool hip' youth with their product... smh...

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More feedback from this old man.

I want the monopod to being compact for packing away in a bag purpose. When in the field, I often can extend the monopod out to a length I want and keep it there, it's just a simple case of connecting the QR plate on the bottom of the camera to the ball head joint on the monopod for when I need it;



The head part is important imo, I haven't found a better head than this for monopodding, one simple click in and out for docking, and the one knob gives the least knobs to hunt and find the one yer after for getting the right amount of tension/tightness.

Here's another example of the usefulness of the monopod used last Friday on a bush walk;

K-1+Samyang 85/1.4, shot at f2 with 1/15 of a second exposure;



During the bush walk however I found the Came-tv monopod I was using annoying, even fully collapsed it was annoying to ferry around, I had nowhere to 'put it'. If it dangled on my utility belt it would bang and bash about my poor thighs (however I could see this becoming less of an issue if the monopod being used could be collapsed to a very very small length). I didn't have my backpack with me that day (just the utility style belt and camslinger holder/lens pouches), but even if I had a backpack stowing it away is not a viable solution! The idea is to have it ready to use quickly on hand!
It all depends on the situation you're shooting in. The above school event, shooting over crowds etc, the monopod wasn't a pain. Moving around bushwalk land (where you often shoot, walk, shoot) is a PIA, you often want to stow away the camera and any other accessories for those moments you want to use your hands to assist in rock scrambling or even just to help pull yourself up a steep set of slack stairs. However should you see something quickly to shoot whilst making that climb you want to have everything out quickly! Bush walks are pretty challenging shooting environments, if I can nail a comfortable approach here then I am sure it will apply to most other shooting conditions.

I look forward to @UncleVanya's short impression review of the small monopod he recently acquired, as I think its compact enough to travel 'off the hip' with, yet quickly adjustable to a good usable height (and competitively priced!).
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