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Best Practices for using a Monopod

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brad goda:
JR sounds like youve tried and are trying to customize your monopods stance...
you have to do what you feel works best for you.., I think you are not the problem but the height of the monopod... IS too short...
Ive thought about it and re read your post and ill suggest a kind of custom for you....
since you said you are mounting mono to lens using ball head but still having camera sort of tilt or slide to its side off axis of the ball ... try this.
set the collar 90º to the left while your ball is set 90º right so its sitting in its vertical socket.
tighten the pan but keep the main ball loose... keep the collar tight... although now the camera and lens is set off center you can use the ball like a gimball... not quite but eh close.. put your left hand through the mono pods strap and hold lens through there.... this should help top stability besides your right hand on camera....
use your modified stance with monopod pushed to either you left or right foot....
yes i realize this makes your system shorter but hopefully this will make you more flexible and stable at the same time.. and hope soon you can find the appropriate height monopod.... or get a carbon tripod tall enough... you can use it open or closed...
sorry if this sounds hoakey... but I thought this was an interesting problem... and just making a suggestion... good luck for your trip bro!!

brad goda:
ok... back yard fix for your monopod....

use PVC 1 or 2 feet longer than you need to extend your monopod to your height...
put bolt and nut through pvc... that will stop the bottom of your monopod...
if too long...thats good you can use monopod adjustment to now lower to your height...

?? !! lol i dont know... its a redneck fix buy a Hawaii japanee boy... I guess its quite country here...

J.R.:
Thanks brad goda ... I am indeed looking for the setup stability and will try out your suggestion.

By the looks of it, I think it should work :)

neuroanatomist:
One option to consider might be a monopod belt pouch - used with the monopod collapsed, it transfers the weight to your hips rather than your arms.  Not as good as setting it on the ground, but a lot more flexibility for moving around.

J.R.:

--- Quote from: neuroanatomist on February 13, 2013, 06:34:29 AM ---One option to consider might be a monopod belt pouch - used with the monopod collapsed, it transfers the weight to your hips rather than your arms.  Not as good as setting it on the ground, but a lot more flexibility for moving around.

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Thanks Neuro! I didn't know this existed ... I've ordered one from Amazon right away :)

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