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.
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.
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.
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.
I always found that mono-pods helped with shooting a movie camera, not so much help with still cameras and slow speeds.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.