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    Monopods

    I like shooting available light portraits but I have trouble getting enough light

    I would like to use a monopod with some SLR's. I have a Nikon F but the other SLRs that I would consider are Hasselblad 500cm's and Pentax 67's (neither of which I own).

    I don't really like the idea of mirror lockup because I would prefer to move more fluidly. I typically shoot at 1/30-1/60 with standard lenses and shorter (for my Nikon). So my questions:

    1. What's a good beefy monopod for not too much money? Size/weight does not matter. I was thinking of some used gitzo off keh.com or a manfrotto if bought new.
    2. Anyone have luck with Hasselblads and/or Pentax 67's at slow shutter speeds? I figured that I can test my Nikon myself and that I would probably expect a 1-2 stop advantage.

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    I have a manfrotto monopod and my only gripe is that is is four inches too short. I am 6'5" and stooping when using it gets annoying/painful. If you are less than 6'1" you would be fine.

    Advantage is that it doubles as a stick on rough terrain.

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    As mentioned, get a sturdy mono pod. You might use a spindly tripod with success,
    but with a mono-pod, you only have the one leg. Ensure it's a strong stick.
    On tripods, I prefer a pan-tilt head. On mono pods, only a simple ball head is needed.

    Also, for landscapes, have you ever considered a 'bag pod?'
    I shoot TLR, and MF SLR, mirror lock up with my bag pod.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...od_Camera.html
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    I think this is the model I have, different head though, an inexpensive ball head instead.

    Works nice, the results are so nice when compared to hand held.
    Mark Barendt, Beaverton, OR

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    I always found that mono-pods helped with shooting a movie camera, not so much help with still cameras and slow speeds.
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    I have a Manfrotto monopod with a small swivel type head and quick release plates. It's very nice and I really enjoy using it.

    Here's an interesting blog article about how to use a monopod. I found it very helpful, especially the rear foot brace part.

    http://photographylife.com/how-to-us...#comment-32570
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    Manfrotto here. I use it with slr+300/2.8 for sports/nature. I use it with 4x5 speed graphic as well.

    I don't use a head on it. That means no vertical shots with it on most cameras, unless you are using a collared lens or a camera with two tripod holes.

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    I find monopods best for square format or rotating back cameras.

    I have a Manfrotto monopod with an accessory quick shoe release. It is surprisingly finicky to mount a camera on .

    The models that have built in, mini-tripod legs can be handy when there is no wind. They are a decent substitute for something like a camera stand, but they certainly are no substitute for a tripod.

    They also can be used as a light stand for a portable flash.

    They are relatively expensive.
    Matt

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    There's really no reason not to have a monopod. Truthfully, I mostly use mine for non-photographic purchases; having a 6' adjustable pole really comes in handy around the house. I keep it by the couch for when things get stuck underneath.

    I have an aluminum Manfrotto with a simple tilt head. It doesn't have a quick release; instead it has the old school thumb screw which I actually prefer. I wish more modern tripod heads had this option.

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    I haven't tested this idea but I understand that in some places that object to tripods on policy grounds a photographer may get away with a monopod, particularly if you make it look like an aid to walking. Not much help with a view camera, though.

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