poss slightly off topic Monopods..

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Loopy, May 16, 2005.

  1. Loopy

    Loopy Guest

    first off budget is tight, and I'm in the UK (so some may not be available

    I think I want a monopod (sometimes a tripod just too much hassle to take
    with you, set up in a hurry (I do wildlife mainly)) but I suffer horrific
    camera shake (illness probably main cause) so the use of hand held = waste
    of time.

    can anyone recommend a good (not too pricey) monopod that could double as a
    proper walking stick too (none of the 3.5 KG of camera supporting ones sound
    strong enough to be a walking stick too.. )

    just looking for recommendations.. I've been looking at the Giotto (I
    think) with a 15 KG load, its a bit over my budget, but is it worth the

    or what would you recommend?

    lastly, if I carry my normal stick and this, (so no need for the strength)
    what would you recommend..

    Camera is a Eos 300D and I tend to stick to the Tamron 28-300 lens (changing
    with a monopods gonna be harder than with a tripod, and the only other lens
    I have is the 18-55 USM kit lens.

    hope that makes some sense..

    Loopy, May 16, 2005
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    John Bean Guest

    I have a Leki "Sierra Photo" hiking pole which has a 1/4"
    camera thread under a wooden knob on the top. Super quality
    as a walking stick, weighs 100g or so, almost as good as a
    "real" monopod for camera support.

    I bought mine from an outdoors shop for about £30, but it's
    also available branded as the Novoflex BBStock from mail
    order photographic dealers like Speed Graphic. I prefer the
    Leki original (the Novoflex is bright blue!) an it's a
    little cheaper. I can trust it to carry my weight when it
    needs to so I certainly have no worries about it carrying
    the weight of my camera :)
    John Bean, May 16, 2005
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    Gaderian Guest

    Manfrotto makes a durable one that will suit your needs both as a monopod
    and a walking stick. The model I have (679) has a 10 Kg load with both
    1/4 - 3/8 in. camera fixing screws. Plenty of strength for my *istD and
    assorted lenses. It's listed at Henry's http://www.henrys.com/ for

    Remember of you're going to attach an optional head (quick release, side
    position etc.) that will be extra.
    My 2 cents worth
    Gaderian, May 16, 2005
  4. Loopy

    Loopy Guest

    Thanks to Both of you for taking the time out to reply to me,

    it sounds like with one of these products ill have what I want/need, so its
    now to find a RL stockist so I can get a feel for them and see which I like

    again Many Thanks!!

    Loopy, May 17, 2005
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    Tony Polson Guest

    May I suggest the Gitzo MonoTrek?

    This is a lightweight combination monopod/walking stick with a
    removable ball head. It might be ideal for you:

    Tony Polson, May 17, 2005
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