Last year, I purchased a Manfrotto monopod and tripod at a garage sale\nfor each. Both of these items used to belong to the sports\nphotographer for the local newspaper in my town. The tripod is really\nnice and is the 055B model. I plan on picking up a used Manfrotto 488\nRC2 ball head for it today for .\n\nThe monopod however is a bit of a dilemna. I've been trying to take\nlong exposure shots with it and I haven't had too much success. I\nsuspect that most of the problems are in the yaw axis. In other\nwords, it is very easy to twist the monopod as it has only one leg.\n\nI researched the problem a bit and the Swiss Monostat monopod seems to\nhave solved the problem by adding a ball swivel foot on the bottom of\nthe leg to counteract the induced yaw movements. Well, this Swiss\ncompany is not giving this idea away inexpensively. Their monostat\nmonopods are very expensive, so I got to thinking about how to create\nthe same sort of effect, inexpensively and I think that a common\nhousehold toilet plunger rubber attached to the bottom of my monopod,\njust might work.\n\nSo, today I will stop by the hardware store and try to find a nice\nlooking toilet plunger to add to my Manfrotto monopod. Hopefully this\nsolves the problem. The worst case scenario is that I could always\nuse this elaborate tool for unplugging a toilet, should the need arise.