Medium Format with monopod?

Discussion in 'Medium Format Cameras and Accessories' started by Passage, Jan 4, 2006.

  1. Passage

    Passage Member

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    I travel to Mexico quite often to visit my wife's family. I normally take a small 35mm rangefinder and a beanbag with me, but this time I am going to take my Hasselblad. I always use a tripod, however I need to keep things light and compact. The question is: Has anyone had experience using a monopod under a medium format with any descent success? Thanks
     
  2. colrehogan

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    I used one over the holidays with my 'Blad, but I haven't developed the film yet. I don't see why you shouldn't be able to use a monopod with reasonable success.
     
  3. Dave Parker

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    Only for about 20 years now, I am one of those photographers, who uses what ever will work in the situation I am in, if it gives you the support you need, there is no reason not to use the monopod.

    Dave
     
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    I once managed a photo studio. We had a fashion shooter who insisted on hand-holding his 'Blad. We insisted he try a monopod. His percentage of sharp images improved significantly. Even he admitted it.

    Peter Gomena
     
  5. richard littlewood

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    I regularly use a monopod with a vintage Ensign Selfix 820 6x9 folder. This is'nt the easiest of camera types to look through and operate, but with a 105mm lens and no real strong winds a shutter speed of 1/25 is no problem. I would imagine a Hassleblad - especially with a WLF would suit a monopod much better.
     
  6. narsuitus

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    For me, square format cameras, like the 6x6cm Hassleblad, work better on a monopod when compared to rectangular format cameras, like the 35mm cameras, because I don’t have to worry about portrait or landscape orientation. Also, I find it easier to steady the waist level monopod height of the waist level cameras verses the eyelevel monopod height of 35mm cameras.
     
  7. BrianShaw

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    I use monopod as much as possible, but especially with MF, when a tripod isn't convenient. I always put a quick release attachment on the monopod to make it easier to use.
     
  8. Curt

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    Yes, mine is a slik 6205 and I use it as a walking stick as well. It works great.

    Curt
     
  9. Passage

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    Thanks all; I'm sold!

    Bob