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10x42 IS L with a finnstick (1 Viewer)

kabsetz

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As promised on another thread, here will be a few photos showing how you can utilize the perfectly positioned tripod attachment thread on the underside of the L and the 15&18×50 Canons
 

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kabsetz

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Another one of the monopod I use. The handle is my addition and both eases the grip and reduces shake a bit more
 

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kabsetz

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This monopod weighs about 250 grammes with handle and all. It allows me to view almost indefinitely without my arms tiring. No tripod head is needed, but for viewing stars from a standing position a tiny ballhead might be useful.
Any lightweight monopod or selfie stick will do. Thanks to IS, you don't gain almost anything by having the pod rest on ground, so waist to eyes is long enough
 

Stu57

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Correct me if om wrong but when I did a camera course I was always told to switch off the anti vibration when using a tripod as its counter productive. Would the same be said for a pair of image stabilised binoculars? Cheers Stu
 

etudiant

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Another one of the monopod I use. The handle is my addition and both eases the grip and reduces shake a bit more
Very interesting idea.
Based on your input a long while back, I use the Velbon Super 8 Ultra Stick, a very compact monopod with my Canon 10x42ISL. It adjusts to be a great finnstick. The added handle is a really nice idea, will have to see what I can finagle.
Cullmann has some first rate designs, but they are hard to get here in the USA. I've been reduced to Ebay to find their stuff.
 

Paultricounty

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Another one of the monopod I use. The handle is my addition and both eases the grip and reduces shake a bit more
Nice photos and thx Kabsetz. I’ve tried these with a few bins and find I shake more holding the stick low, of course better when specifically using the stick with IS. I find that I prefer a small tripod with legs folded in with just one extension open. Then when I do get tired holding them , I can extend the remaining sections and and stand it up.

Paul
 

forent

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Some years ago I tried a monopod in Finnstick style as shown by Kimmo (thanks!), with my bino as well as with my camera. But I could not hold the Monopod on its lower end - too much shake and it felt somehow awkward - but put it in the waistband of my trousers and held the bino/camera in the ordinary way with both hands. But in the end I preferred to hold them either freehand or to mount them on a proper tripod. Each on his own!
 

Hermann

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Some years ago I tried a monopod in Finnstick style as shown by Kimmo (thanks!), with my bino as well as with my camera. But I could not hold the Monopod on its lower end - too much shake and it felt somehow awkward - but put it in the waistband of my trousers and held the bino/camera in the ordinary way with both hands. But in the end I preferred to hold them either freehand or to mount them on a proper tripod. Each on his own!
Try adding a handle to the Finnstick, as shown in some of Kimmo's photos. It makes quite a difference.

Hermann
 

kabsetz

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The handle I have comes from some bicycle rear mudguard kit (intended to attach a mudguard onto the seat post). Anything that is easily attached and does not weigh too much will do, as this does not have to be very strong. Ideally, there would be a handle for both hands, but it would make the stick clumsier. I have experimented with this, but haven't bothered to take it into use.

- Kimmo
 

Hermann

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The handle I have comes from some bicycle rear mudguard kit (intended to attach a mudguard onto the seat post).
That's an interesting idea. I've experimented with various handles, however, I didn't find anything too convincing yet.
Anything that is easily attached and does not weigh too much will do, as this does not have to be very strong. Ideally, there would be a handle for both hands, but it would make the stick clumsier. I have experimented with this, but haven't bothered to take it into use.
Same here.

BTW, my current Finnstick was originally part of a tripod leg. It has several disadvantages, so I've been looking for a different solution myself. I see you're using a Cullmann selfie stick that looks pretty good, so I ordered one to have a look.

hermann
 

kabsetz

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Hermann,

The Cullmann is nice, lightweight, not too long and with a padded grip and a wrist-strap. The quick locks work nicely, but on mine the top one is slightly broken (works still) so the quality is so-so and is not made to take a lot of abuse.

I use the finnstick during most of my birding, exceptions being forest walks and really quick grab and view situations. On the sailboat I also don't use it, but if I went for a pelagic trip on a ship it would be my most important accessory.

- Kimmo
 

Hermann

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The Cullmann is nice, lightweight, not too long and with a padded grip and a wrist-strap. The quick locks work nicely, but on mine the top one is slightly broken (works still) so the quality is so-so and is not made to take a lot of abuse.
WellI, I ordered one, should get it on Monday. If I find it too flimsy, I may turn an old aluminium Gitzo I don't use anymore into my next Finnstick.

BTW, I use a Novoflex Miniconnect to attach the binoculars to the Finnstick or, inrare cases, to a monopod. The adapter pieces are so small they can remain attached to the binoculars at all time. Adds some more weight, but I like the convenience.
I use the finnstick during most of my birding, exceptions being forest walks and really quick grab and view situations. On the sailboat I also don't use it, but if I went for a pelagic trip on a ship it would be my most important accessory.
Well, I think your style of birding is a bit different from how I bird. Do you do a lot of more static birding, for instance watching migration at the coast?

Hermann
 

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