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Old 28-05-2008, 20:23   #1 (permalink)
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Which of these two cheap monopods?

Looking to get a stick to put my camera on, and 7dayshop have some good deals, £10 for a bog standard monopod, and £12 for a 'deluxe' with a pan/tilt head.
Just wondering which you think would probably serve better. Leaning towards pan/tilt because I can angle it down for macro etc.

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Old 28-05-2008, 20:38   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Which of these two cheap monopods?

Neither!

Assuming that 7dayshop haven't got their own monopod factory, those look very similar to my Hama Star 8 monopod which is currently lurking at the back of a cupboard. It is a load of dingo's kidneys. Anything slightly heavier than a feather causes it to telescope downwards all by itself, and the catches are not adjustable for grip (unlike the better monopods and tripods).

I can't say for sure that the 7dayshop ones are as bad, but I suspect that you would be disappointed - especially with a heavy-ish camera and lens.
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Re: Which of these two cheap monopods?

I think you are right in saying they are Hama. Thats why they have the Special Price, like they do on the '7dayshop' Sensor Klear pen, which is incidently made by Hama if you buy it anywhere but 7dayshop. I don't personally understand monopods as of yet. If anyone can justify buying a 1 legged tripod then enlighten me, quickly.

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Old 29-05-2008, 12:16   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Which of these two cheap monopods?

1 monopod + 2 human legs = 1 tripod. And they are a lot lighter to carry and don't get in other peoples way.

As to Jack's question, both of those would be false econony since you would, fairly soon, be wishing you had bought something more substantial and better quality.
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Re: Which of these two cheap monopods?

Just discovered that I've got a Hama (I thought it was a Jessops!). Does me very well - but doesn't look like either of those. It's not very strong but will take the weight of camera + 100-400mm - but not if I lean on it (as some like to do with monpods) - it is very light tho' and I usually take it everywhere (more importantly, I use it!)

Monopod advantages? When you need stability but can't use a tripod, because of too many people (an event, etc) or macro where no time or too fiddly.
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Re: Which of these two cheap monopods?

I was worried about the weight it could take, the D300 with grip is not light in any way. The reviews seemed positive, but all seemed 'noobish', if you see what I mean
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Re: Which of these two cheap monopods?

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I don't personally understand monopods as of yet. If anyone can justify buying a 1 legged tripod then enlighten me, quickly.
Hi Mike, read on down from this post for a few reasons
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Re: Which of these two cheap monopods?

Practical photography mag giving a free mono-pod when you subscribe with them Jack.
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Re: Which of these two cheap monopods?

I've just bought a new monopod here.
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Re: Which of these two cheap monopods?

well, my friend has a manfrotto mono, i have a hama, i was very very disappointed in the manfrotto one as once it is up to full hieght the very thin leg wobbles and bends as soon as any pressure is applied! My hama doesnt retract itself is sturdy, makes a great hill walking stick as well! and if it breaks its cheap to replace!
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Re: Which of these two cheap monopods?

Hi Fiona,
I have a Manfrotto and a Hama (free gift) and I reach for the Manfrotto every time. Mine is certainly not a very thin stick (30mm top section model 479b) so I must have a different model. When I first got it it did slip sometimes but it is very easy to fix. All you do is slacken the clamp off and tighten the nut up a bit. I use it with a ball and socket head because sometimes I am able to push the 'pod against a fence or a wall to make it solid then you need to be able to point your camera in the right direction.
Tripods give the best stability but has been mentioned before they are not always practical.
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When I first got it it did slip sometimes but it is very easy to fix. All you do is slacken the clamp off and tighten the nut up a bit.
That's interesting. The Manfrottos I looked at were the 679 and 680 and both slipped. The Velbon looks flimsier, but was as solid as a rock.

Should you really have to 'tune' them though? It cost them a sale in this case.
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Re: Which of these two cheap monopods?

No you shouldn't have to. Maybe they have some issue re storage before sale if the clamp is hard on.
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Re: Which of these two cheap monopods?

Thanks Graham, may well go for that Velbon. At the risk of extending my noobish sounding questions, will this work with it? I heard it mentioned (Mark?) in another thread:

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Re: Which of these two cheap monopods?

I have to say I'd be wary of this set up. Probably OK when you have the head vertical, or near vertical, but I think if you wanted to go to portrait format, the camera will be sufficiently off centre from the monopod that it will be difficult/impossible to hold steady - probably better to hand hold.

Manfrotto do a head specially for monopods, the 234. It can pivot 90 degrees to portrait format, but the centre of gravity will be much closer to the monpod. You can get it with or without the RC2 QR plate too. £25/£15.
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Re: Which of these two cheap monopods?

I was planning to use it mainly for a longer lens that I hope to get, with a lens mounted tripod ring, so portrait wont be an issue, but just being able to easily change angle etc I was wondering.
Anyway, thanks for the link Graham, don't think I'll be buying too much soon, so I'll have a think
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I was planning to use it mainly for a longer lens that I hope to get, with a lens mounted tripod ring, so portrait wont be an issue,
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I think you are right in saying they are Hama. Thats why they have the Special Price, like they do on the '7dayshop' Sensor Klear pen, which is incidently made by Hama if you buy it anywhere but 7dayshop. I don't personally understand monopods as of yet. If anyone can justify buying a 1 legged tripod then enlighten me, quickly.

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