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12-08-2010, 09:25 AM   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by mgvh Quote
I've been through the same process as the OP recently. HERE is what I ended up getting.
In that thread I note the monopod I got, and I find I use it much more than my tripod.
I still wish I had something better at the wide angle end...
As others have noted, the one thing I wish I would have held off in buying was the external flash. It looks like that will need some practice to be used effectively.
Interesting about the Mono vs. Tripod. I've had the opposite process and find myself using the tripod more and more and the monopod less. Perhaps that's because I'm trying out HDR at present?

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Interesting about the Mono vs. Tripod. I've had the opposite process and find myself using the tripod more and more and the monopod less. Perhaps that's because I'm trying out HDR at present?
Everyone shoots different, and your mileage is similar to mine.

I only use the tripod when I absolutely have to, like a set-up studio shot (which is rare), or HDR (which has so far been never).

If I'm out and about just playing around (which is mostly what I do), a tripod isn't practical, and a monopod is too limiting. I'm constantly crouching up and down and moving here and there, and the monopod seems like a ball and chain attached to my leg.

Maybe if I had one that was easier to extend and retract I would feel differently. Mine's a cheap one, and a bit of a pain.
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If I have to wait for "the" shot I love my tripod. For most stuff it stays in the back seat till I need it.
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I carry mine everywhere..it's been very useful...
There's people who carry weight to do exercise, i carry my tripod XD.
A good tripod and a backpack where you can fix it or put it in is a good combination, you won't regret taking it since you can install it anywhere (if it's a decent one) put your camera on, rest and try all the settings you like till you get the perfect shot..
It's better if you got your own transport but it's bearable even if you travel on foot or bike (like me:P).
If you get fed up or tired always remember those who attach weight to their legs or arms just for the sake of doing it, you will be carriying a tool that will let you take great shots (it's weight is just the price you pay for having at hand that tool.).

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You also need to have lens filters.... Uv Nd and polorizing..
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