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03-20-2011, 12:56 PM   #16
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Yeah, they'd be called a bipod. Part of the issue with a photo bipod is that usually you don't gain too much from compactness with them compared to a monopod.

I do like the Y crooks you can get, usually intended for scopes and rifles, (They commonly come with hiking poles, which can run pretty cheap. I like them especially because I sometimes need a bit of walking assistance, and the fact that you can just place the lens in there not only gives some support, but also means you have a place to put your walking stick and have both hands free, so they're extremely convenient.

The cheaper poles come with perfectly-good Y-rests, but they could be steadier, and, well, a bit more strength can be good. My cheapie was a bit of a casualty after saving me from a couple of injuries, (Definitely not meant to take even *my* full weight that way, but I salute that one from saving me from doing myself an even worse injury even after I'd weakened it a little with a previous bending and straightening. Nonetheless, mating one of those y's with a higher quality/stouter pole might be nice. They're supposed to be light, but with a camera a little less springiness probably would be better. ) They seem to carry stuff like this a lot in the hunting sections of big sporting goods stores, though.

03-20-2011, 08:30 PM   #17
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