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Who here uses a monopod for viewing? (1 Viewer)

elkcub

Silicon Valley, California
United States
Anybody here use a monopod? What's your setup? Do you like using one?

I like the idea of a monopod rather than the tripod. Tripod seems bulky and time consuming to setup/break down. I'd mainly be using the monopod to take on day hikes and for back deck bird watching.

What kind of attachment system should I get? I'd like to maximize my freedom of motion while attached so is there some sort of ball/socket type attachment? I've seen the velcro strap system to hold the bins down which I really like b/c it seems easiest to take on and off. I don't really want to have to fool with screw on/off system although that definitely seem sturdy.

I'm trying to do some research but having a hard time finding exactly what I'm picturing in my head! The binocular

Thanks! (y)
I've been using my version, called a FISMO, since 2005 and posted my thoughts HERE and several other threads. (FISMO means FInn-Stick-MOnopod.) No attachment is needed since the binocular is simply balanced (perched) on the top with the neck strap in use. Swaro SLCs and many other binoculars work well with this device. Nowadays I don't go anywhere without a walking stick anyway.

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elkcub

Silicon Valley, California
United States
For anyone interested I just purchased a very low-cost replacement for my monopod from Amazon. It works well. Search for:

Ameristep 4NAB008 Hunting Range Gear Monopods.​

Ed
 

Troubador

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My wife and I use a walking pole each to steady ourselves when making our way over uneven or slippery ground, rocks, seaweed etc. My pole isn't long enough to use it as a monopod while standing, but when sitting down I often use it to steady my binos by gripping both it and my binos with my left hand at the same time as my right hand grips the binos and works the focus. For prolongued observation this makes for a much steadier image and prior to getting IS lenses I occasionally used this technique to help steady a DSLR/Macro lens.

Lee
 

BayBirder

Member
United States
Anybody here use a monopod? What's your setup? Do you like using one?

I like the idea of a monopod rather than the tripod. Tripod seems bulky and time consuming to setup/break down. I'd mainly be using the monopod to take on day hikes and for back deck bird watching.

What kind of attachment system should I get? I'd like to maximize my freedom of motion while attached so is there some sort of ball/socket type attachment? I've seen the velcro strap system to hold the bins down which I really like b/c it seems easiest to take on and off. I don't really want to have to fool with screw on/off system although that definitely seem sturdy.

I'm trying to do some research but having a hard time finding exactly what I'm picturing in my head!

Thanks! (y)
Great idea! I looked into this idea as well. The problem has been solved - what no one is saying here is you can simply get some
Canon IS bins and not need the monopod. I tested all of the best bins; with image stabilization, the Canons were by far the best. Their optics are fantastic objectively as well. I recommend being an independent thinker and simply trying them yourself.
 

Uncle Meat

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England
I use an 'ifootage carbon fibre cobra 2' monopod for several reasons. one is because due to illness it can double up as a walking staff when needed and because mIne has a very good 3 legged base which when sitting takes the weight of my binoculars/camera from around my kneck.
It may stand unsupported but I personally I wouldn't take the chance.

Meat.
 

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