Monopod Question please

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by Bertie Doe, Sep 29, 2013.

  1. Bertie Doe

    Bertie Doe Guest

    Is there a quick release lightweight, telescopic monopod available. I've
    seen makes like 'Velbon' which has 4 sections, each one locking into place.
    The Velbon is quite sturdy and will probably make a good walking stick as
    well.

    I'm happy to sacrifice strength for speed. Does such a monopod exist? Needs
    to support a 400g bridge camera. Tilt would be handy but not essential.
    Thanks.
     
    Bertie Doe, Sep 29, 2013
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    Huge Guest

    I have a Velbon. Dead good, it is. Far more use then a tripod.
     
    Huge, Sep 29, 2013
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    Rob Morley Guest

    I got one of these http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/321218342030 from Jessops,
    it's a good height for me, squashes down quite small being 5-section,
    the levers are quick and easy to use. I wouldn't use it as a hiking
    pole, and I'm not sure if the head would take much abuse but I'm not
    intending to give it any (although it might be argued that sticking one
    of my old Zenits on it with a long lens is abusive :).
    An alternative you might want to consider, if you are keen on using it
    as a hiking pole, is to get a hiking pole with a camera mount, like
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/290838972689
     
    Rob Morley, Sep 29, 2013
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  4. Bertie Doe

    Bertie Doe Guest

    "Huge" wrote in message
    Thanks Huge, yes it's tempting, I missed one on fleabay Velbon UP 400. Shop
    soiled, my bid £7, it went for £7.50p. They were prolly on auto bid.
     
    Bertie Doe, Sep 29, 2013
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    Bertie Doe Guest

    "Rob Morley" wrote in message
    Thanks Rob, that's in my price range, as I'm a bit skint at the moment :)
    Just ordered one of those bridge point and shoot superzooms, new for £219.
    Should arrive Wednesday.

    I'm buying it mainly for stills but vids for hols would be handy. Certainly
    needs support as you see from this :-


    Funny, but a month ago, I thought Panasonic only made tvs.
     
    Bertie Doe, Sep 29, 2013
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    Rob Morley Guest

    Kate has one of those, Lumix FZ38 - seems quite a nice camera.
     
    Rob Morley, Sep 29, 2013
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    Bertie Doe Guest

    "Rob Morley" wrote in message
    Yes it was my neighbours' FZ38 that sold me on the idea of getting a s-zoom
    type camera.

    We both have an interest in garden birds, with feeders approx 50' from the
    house. With his 38, the target bird fills the screen. I would have to spend
    a fortune on a telephoto for my present DSLR, to get even close.

    I accept the fact that the pics will lack pin sharpness and these models
    lack RAW compression, but at £219, I can live with it.
     
    Bertie Doe, Sep 30, 2013
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    Huge Guest

    From Wringipedia;

    "As of 31 March 2012 Panasonic employed around 330,000 staff and
    had around 580 subsidiary companies. Panasonic had total revenues of
    ¥7,846,216 million in 2012, of which 53% were generated in Japan, 25%
    in Asia ex. Japan, 12% in the Americas and 10% in Europe.

    Panasonic's operations are organised into three broad "business fields" -
    Consumer, Solutions and Components & Devices - and nine "domain companies"
    - AVC Networks (which generated 17% of Panasonic's total 2012 revenues),
    Eco Solutions (15% of revenues), Appliances (15% of revenues), Industrial
    Devices (14% of revenues), Systems and Communications (8% of revenues),
    Automotive Systems (7% of revenues), Energy (6% of revenues), Healthcare,
    and Manufacturing Solutions."
     
    Huge, Sep 30, 2013
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    Bertie Doe Guest

    "Neil Ellwood" wrote in message

    /You could have a look at 7dayshop.com

    Thanks Neil, the 7DS one at £6.69 + £1.99 p+p looks tempting. It's got pan &
    tilt, not usually available on the cheaper models.
     
    Bertie Doe, Sep 30, 2013
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  10. Bertie Doe

    Rob Morley Guest

    Pan is pretty pointless on a regular monopod because there's nothing
    to stop it turning. That one needs(?) it because of the flip-down
    foot, which I think would be awkward to use - normally when using a
    monopod your legs effectively make it a tripod, but with the need to put
    a foot right next to it you're going to be less stable. The
    landscape/portrait hinge will probably be more useful. The spirit
    level is just silly (they're using a cheap tripod head, I suppose).
    Having said that, it's a great price if it's not made of cheese, and a
    good length.
     
    Rob Morley, Sep 30, 2013
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  11. Bertie Doe

    Bertie Doe Guest

    "Rob Morley" wrote in message
    /Pan is pretty pointless on a regular monopod because there's nothing
    //to stop it turning. That one needs(?) it because of the flip-down
    /foot, which I think would be awkward to use - normally when using a
    /monopod your legs effectively make it a tripod, but with the need to put
    /a foot right next to it you're going to be less stable. The
    /landscape/portrait hinge will probably be more useful. The spirit
    /level is just silly (they're using a cheap tripod head, I suppose).
    /Having said that, it's a great price if it's not made of cheese, and a
    /good length.

    Agreed, pan is a waste but tilt may be useful if you're looking up at say, a
    bird in a tree.
     
    Bertie Doe, Sep 30, 2013
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