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05-09-07, 11:39 PM
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Tripods / Monopods - what's what?

For us newbies, what's the deal on these?

Also, does it matter much what brand you go for? Are they generally a universal fit? I was in Tesco earlier and they had one for 9.99 - is this the normal price for them?
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06-09-07, 12:00 AM
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Re: Tripods / Monopods - what's what?

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For us newbies, what's the deal on these?
Use of a tripod/monopod reduces/eliminates camera shake thus enabling you to get sharper images. My first two lenses both had IS so I didn't notice much camera shake (it does help having a steady hand) however my latest lens does not have IS and thus I have become far more aware of this issue. You can try and use a faster shutter speed than normal to reduce the degree of camera shake, however it is best to go for a monopod or a tripod if you want better images. IMO there is a place for both - Monopods are used rather heavily when photographing sports, tripods when doing macro or landscape work.

I myself have a monopod at present, however I have my eye on a tripod and head set

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Also, does it matter much what brand you go for? Are they generally a universal fit? I was in Tesco earlier and they had one for £9.99 - is this the normal price for them?
Brand and price do affect both quality and stability. You may also have to factor weight into the equation if you will be doing a lot of walking whilst carrying your equipment. My personal reccomendations are Gitzo (if you can afford it ) or Manfrotto
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06-09-07, 12:41 AM
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Re: Tripods / Monopods - what's what?

Thanks GH.

How do they differ? I've seen tripods but although I've heard of a monopod, never seen one... I'm assuming it's just one stump? How does it work lol
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06-09-07, 03:27 AM
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Re: Tripods / Monopods - what's what?

I love my monopod. They are like a walking stick with extending legs (same as tripod) with the top for the camera to screw into. I use mine as a walking stick too, very hady, they provide a lot of stability and are quick and easy to set up.
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06-09-07, 06:23 AM
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Re: Tripods / Monopods - what's what?

I have a Gorillapod I want a monopod though ....hubby and I share a Manfrotto . If you are thinking of getting into macro photography a tripod and a ring flash are quite important
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06-09-07, 07:37 PM
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Re: Tripods / Monopods - what's what?

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How do they differ? I've seen tripods but although I've heard of a monopod, never seen one... I'm assuming it's just one stump? How does it work lol
Yes - a monopod only has one leg and you can either attach the camera directly to the top or you can buy a head for the monopod. Whilst a monopod is not nearly as stable as a tripod, they are far more portable and with them you can get shots that might previously have been lost. They take the weight of the camera off you so there is less risk of camera shake.

You can pick up a decent monopod for about £40 - £50, possibly even less now (the head will obviously be extra). You don't need a head but I find them beneficial.

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I have a Gorillapod
I was looking at these - however the normal Gorilla SLR version can't hold the weight of my body with a lens on (well not any of the lenses I have anyway). I would need to go for the Gorilla SLR Zoom version. Do they actually work well or are they more of a gimmick? How stable are they?
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06-09-07, 08:01 PM
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Re: Tripods / Monopods - what's what?

I've got a Slick tripod, very stable, and it's lightweight, don't know if you can still get them though.
Will post a pic of it later.
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06-09-07, 09:29 PM
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Re: Tripods / Monopods - what's what?

I have had no problems with my gorillapod but it is only useful in certain circumstances..Stephen bought me it ...if someone was buying just a single tripod I wouldn't say to get a gorillapod.
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06-09-07, 09:33 PM
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Re: Tripods / Monopods - what's what?

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I have had no problems with my gorillapod but it is only useful in certain circumstances
Thanks Mel - I guess their use is limited as you need something to wrap them around, which isn't always available or practical. They do look good though
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07-09-07, 12:55 AM
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Re: Tripods / Monopods - what's what?

Ok.... what stops a monopod from moving sideways then?! :-/
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