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Old Dec 29, 2011, 9:28 PM   #11
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Try these methods:

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Old Dec 30, 2011, 2:45 AM   #12
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I also have a serious and quality tripod (Benro A-197EX + HD-18), but its weight and size leads me to use it mainly in situations of "studio".
When I go out I prefer to use the less serious but great for weight and size and functionality "Manfrotto MKC3-H01":



(weighs just little over a monopod, but it guarantees stability vastly superior)
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Old Dec 31, 2011, 5:43 AM   #13
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I've got a cheap (and quite light) monopod, it's really useful in lowish-light conditions or long-distance stuff; either way, you need something more stay than hand-held but not as steady as a tripod.

Last year I used it at a fairground in a crowd - a tripod would not have been practical in a setting like that:

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Old Jan 2, 2012, 2:09 PM   #14
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Thanks for posting the "how to use" links gjtoth.

Looking at those links showed I had many things wrong with the technique I used.

@ Tullio, I'm sure when your package arrives you will get used to it and produce some wonderful captures
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Old Jan 2, 2012, 3:55 PM   #15
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I certainly hope so! Thanks for the encouragement.

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Old Jan 2, 2012, 4:15 PM   #16
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It's also handy in situations where you need a little more stability, but tripods are either frowned on, banned, or subject to a "professional" status that might include fees or the like. Museums, I've heard, can be like this. Besides, you can more easily protect a monopod from passersby than a full tripod.
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Old Jan 7, 2012, 5:13 AM   #17
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I made my own, using one leg of an old tripod, useful up close when tripod legs have no place to sit, at least it prevents up and down movement and is no problem to carry.
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