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    Another vote for the "Very!" group. I just got mine last summer, a cheap Promaster SystemPRO with a Manfrotto322 ball head. I could see a substantial improvement
    in sharpness from the first roll of film I used it with. I have very shaky hands and a lot of the places where I like to take pictures are not really tripod convenient so the monopod is a big help
    I also agree about it making a good walking stick.
    Real men use Speed Graphics and flashbulbs.

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    I am going to be the weird one.

    I have a Manfroto mono-pod as well as a tripod. I bought both because I thought having mono-pod will be helpful for times I don't quite need a tripod but could use some assistance. But, so far I have not needed a mono-pod even once. I either need a tripod or could get away with hand holding. I haven't had in-between situations. The longest lens I use is 200mm but on 35mm and it does have an image stabilization. For my Mamiya M645 and everything else, again, it's either tripod or nothing. I do not shoot sports by the way.
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tkamiya View Post
    I have a Manfroto mono-pod as well as a tripod. I bought both because I thought having mono-pod will be helpful for times I don't quite need a tripod but could use some assistance. But, so far I have not needed a mono-pod even once.
    Nothing works in every situation.

    I bought mine thinking I'd use it mostly with my longer lenses, 100-200 on 35mm.

    What I found was that it improved every shot I used it for, even with my 35mm lens and that it could do a lot of the work I had been using tripods for. With a camera strap and a post or tree or chair, it does the same job.
    Mark Barendt, Beaverton, OR

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    not quite apug related, but we've already gone that way...

    A sturdy simple monopod like the manfrotto is an EXCELLENT video stabilizer for small video cameras like the flip and it's clones. Walk around with a very light hand grip to the monopod, and you can move the camera smoothly while recording. I often keep a flip in my jacket pocket for opportunities that present themself while shooting film or digital still images.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markbarendt View Post
    Nothing works in every situation.
    I haven't needed it even once. I'll see how it goes though.
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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    I know four guys that own a monopod, not one of them used it after about 6 months. Hand held or tripod is the way these guys work.

    Probably great for some people and not very important to others; just like any other piece of equipment.

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    I'm in the market for one .

    In the past I've used one with 35mm when travelling by train and bus.

    I intend to use a new one with cameras that have waist-level finders and have no need to be flipped to shoot vertically or horizontally - so I don't need a "head".

    I'd like to mount something like a Manfrotto 323 to it, because my tripod heads work with Manfrotto quick release plates.

    This is a 323:

    http://www.warehouseexpress.com/webc.../156/11032.jpg
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    I bought a Gitzo travel but didn't see that much difference over handheld. I mostly shoot handheld or use a tripod whenever I am below 1/60 on my blads... Always use a tripos on my Mamiya RZ.

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    Like others here, I have both a monopod and tripod(s) and don't use either as much as I should. But if you get one, try to get a least a small ball head for it. I find that sometimes I can get a better shot if I can lean the monopod against something stable, then level/frame using the ballhead.

    Sometimes, nothing beats using a tabletop tripod to get the shot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattKing View Post
    I'm in the market for one .

    In the past I've used one with 35mm when travelling by train and bus.

    I intend to use a new one with cameras that have waist-level finders and have no need to be flipped to shoot vertically or horizontally - so I don't need a "head".

    I'd like to mount something like a Manfrotto 323 to it, because my tripod heads work with Manfrotto quick release plates.

    This is a 323:

    http://www.warehouseexpress.com/webc.../156/11032.jpg
    Those work nicely and use the standard RC2 plate. Ball heads are problematic with monopods for obvious adjustment reasons: locked, they're useless; and unlocked, they're unstable. Left a bit loose on the body, the RC2 plate can move a bit under tension for adjustment on the flip-head with short teles and under. Works for me.

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