Very interesting idea.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.Another one of the monopod I use. The handle is my addition and both eases the grip and reduces shake a bit more
Try adding a handle to the Finnstick, as shown in some of Kimmo's photos. It makes quite a difference.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!
That's an interesting idea. I've experimented with various handles, however, I didn't find anything too convincing yet.The handle I have comes from some bicycle rear mudguard kit (intended to attach a mudguard onto the seat post).
Same here.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.
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.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.
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?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.