Walking stick and monopod, all in one?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by nobody, Jun 4, 2005.

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    nobody Guest

    Has anybody thought of making a walking stick monopod? If so, where could I
    find and buy it?
    Nobody
     
    nobody, Jun 4, 2005
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    News Guest

    Just what I went looking for yesterday (saw them in Milletts a few years
    back, they don't have them now). Need to keep looking...
     
    News, Jun 4, 2005
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    Mick Brown Guest

    My monopod works fine as a walking stick, dunno if it's meant to but it
    does.

    Mick Brown
    www.photo.net/photos/mlbrown
     
    Mick Brown, Jun 4, 2005
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    Terry Guest

    Google is your friend. Try searching for "walking stick monopod".

    You can buy them at many hiking equipment stores. I know EMS stores
    carry them in stock. Here is a link for the hiking stick I purchased
    from EMS:

    http://www.ems.com/products/product...mplate=search/results.jsp&bmUID=1117887423195

    Another online source is REI, if you search "walking stick monopod" at
    REI you'll see several. Here is one.

    http://www.rei.com/online/store/Pro...7&parent_category_rn=11770843&vcat=REI_SEARCH

    However, I suggest you consider a monopod to use as a hiking stick,
    rather than a hiking stick to use as a monopod. I own both a walking
    stick and a monopod, and I find I use the monopod rather than the
    walking stick. The monopod makes a fine walking stick when needed. And
    it is stiffer than the walking stick, which makes it a better platform
    for taking photos.

    My monopod collapses in 4 sections to about 20 inches (including the
    small ball head), while the hiking stick collapses in 2 sections to
    about 30 inches. That means the monopod fits nicely in a day pack, or
    can be velcro'd to the outside of a day or fanny pack horizontally
    without sticking out the sides. The hiking stick is a pain to carry if
    you don't want to be using it. I don't want to use a walking stick all
    the time, so this is a concern. If you be using your walking stick all
    the time you are walking, then collapsed size is less of an issue.

    Here's the monopod I use, a Slik Lighty Pod II:

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=productlist&A=details&Q=&sku=48636&is=REG

    Cost is slightly less than the walking sticks, and it includes a small
    ball head (which you would have to purchase additional with the
    walking stick).

    Terrry
     
    Terry, Jun 4, 2005
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    Neil Ellwood Guest

    I haven't seen one for over 40 years but have never owned one myself.
    I think that the last one I saw was in Wallace Heatons in London
    although they may have expired by now.
     
    Neil Ellwood, Jun 4, 2005
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    Neil Ellwood Guest

    There also used to be a shooting stick that doubled as a monopod, very
    convenient in fields although not so good on hard surfaces.
     
    Neil Ellwood, Jun 4, 2005
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    Ethic Guest




    I recently bought a Velbon monopod which uses a similar leg to the one on
    the Velbon Sherpa tripod.

    I noticed that the head mounting bolt was noticeably shorter that the one on
    the tripod, 2.5 complete turns to screw the head on the monopod versus 7
    complete turns to screw the same head onto the tripod.

    I was/am a bit concerned about the security of the head - but when I checked
    with a couple of other makes (Manfrotto & Jessops own brand) the bolt
    threads on those were similarly short.

    So, are short mounting bolts a feature of all monopods?
     
    Ethic, Jun 4, 2005
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    TAFKAB Guest

    Gitzo Monotrek. Nice walking stick with a small ball-head at the top.
     
    TAFKAB, Jun 4, 2005
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    Bob Haar Guest

    Bob Haar, Jun 4, 2005
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    John Bean Guest

    Good choice if a little expensive. I have a Leki "Sierra
    Photo", lighter (and cheaper) than the Gitzo but with no
    ball head just a 1/4" screw under a woden knob. The same
    stick is sold branded as Novoflex (BBSTOCK). The Leki is
    extremely reliable and surprisingly rigid for such a light
    stick. Available from outdoor sports and clothing suppliers
    as well as many photographic outlets.
     
    John Bean, Jun 4, 2005
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    News Guest

    To paraphrase Mrs Beeton - first catch your lathe...
     
    News, Jun 4, 2005
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    Sheldon Guest

    Probably to get the monopod on and off quickly. Remember, the monopod is
    not actually supporting the camera, like, you're not going to walk away from
    it. It's just an addition to the camera to make it more stable. You still
    have to hold the camera to take a shot, not the monopod.
     
    Sheldon, Jun 4, 2005
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    Interesting idea. Surely someone has thought of it before....
     
    Ron Hunter, Jun 4, 2005
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    Terry Guest

    Yeah, while taking the shot you hold the camera. But I routinely carry
    the monopod with the camera still attched. Sometimes over my shoulder,
    sometimes with the monopod horizontal. So I sure hope it's securely
    attached!

    I never noticed this before, but I just checked my Slik Lighty Pod II,
    and you're right, it has a short bolt, about 2.5 turns. My tripod
    bolts are signicantly longer.

    It's never bothered me in use, seems quite secure.

    Terry
     
    Terry, Jun 4, 2005
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  15. http://www.campmor.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?memberId=12500226&productId=9296

    $45


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    Matt Silberstein

    All in all, if I could be any animal, I would want to be
    a duck or a goose. They can fly, walk, and swim. Plus,
    there there is a certain satisfaction knowing that at the
    end of your life you will taste good with an orange sauce
    or, in the case of a goose, a chestnut stuffing.
     
    Matt Silberstein, Jun 5, 2005
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  16. Oh, to live the _Groundhog's Day_ life.


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    Matt Silberstein

    All in all, if I could be any animal, I would want to be
    a duck or a goose. They can fly, walk, and swim. Plus,
    there there is a certain satisfaction knowing that at the
    end of your life you will taste good with an orange sauce
    or, in the case of a goose, a chestnut stuffing.
     
    Matt Silberstein, Jun 5, 2005
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  17. On Sat, 04 Jun 2005 12:29:22 GMT, in rec.photo.digital , Terry
    <> in <>
    wrote:

    [snip]
    I suspect that a monopod is not designed to take as much stress. For
    the normal walk, that is fine. But I wonder if it will stand up if you
    trip and put your weight on it. That said, I decided against a walking
    stick that could be a monopod because of the lack of the ball head.
    That would be very nice.


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    Matt Silberstein

    All in all, if I could be any animal, I would want to be
    a duck or a goose. They can fly, walk, and swim. Plus,
    there there is a certain satisfaction knowing that at the
    end of your life you will taste good with an orange sauce
    or, in the case of a goose, a chestnut stuffing.
     
    Matt Silberstein, Jun 5, 2005
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    Terry Guest

    I wonder about that too. I doubt the metal is a problem, they are
    quite strong and stiff, but I wonder about the latches -- will they
    slip? However, my experience is that I have used a monopod to cross
    streams and climb down boulder fields, and put most of my weight on
    it, and not had any problems.
    It's essential unless all you want to do is take landscape orientation
    shots of the horizon. :) Of course it is just a cost issue -- you can
    add a ball head to your walking stick.

    Terry
     
    Terry, Jun 6, 2005
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  19. If money were a concern could you suggest an inexpensive one for the
    amateur?


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    Matt Silberstein

    All in all, if I could be any animal, I would want to be
    a duck or a goose. They can fly, walk, and swim. Plus,
    there there is a certain satisfaction knowing that at the
    end of your life you will taste good with an orange sauce
    or, in the case of a goose, a chestnut stuffing.
     
    Matt Silberstein, Jun 6, 2005
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