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Old Feb 22, 2008, 3:02 PM   #1
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I am a new member to Steve's Digicams. I make walking sticks and hiking staffs from various woods and antlers. I am making a monopd for my digital camera and wnat to use one of the magnetic camera mounts that are available. My concern is that will this magnetic mount effect the digital memory card or the camera in general if I use this mount to attach the camera to the monopod.

Any help with this would be most appreciated.

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Old Feb 22, 2008, 4:40 PM   #2
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It will not affect anything.
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Old Feb 22, 2008, 8:20 PM   #3
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Thank you for you quick response.

It's most helpful.

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Old Feb 23, 2008, 7:29 AM   #4
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What is the advantage of a magnetic mount over any of the other quick release systems? In particular, having the same quick release on the monopod that you have on your tripod.

Having achieved geezerhood, I have been thinking about a combination walking stick monopod but haven't figured a way of easily changing the length/height. Not thinking of the extreeme of being able to sit, but to be able to shoot uphill and downhill - plus/minus eight inches or so.
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A magnetic mount won't affect the flash memory cards.

Having the camera close to a magnet shouldn't affect the camera to any significant degree, but it could affect the performance of image stabilization systems and other moving parts, maybe even autofocus mechanisms.

The camera could be affected as it passesthrough amagnetic field. You may already know thatpassing a magnet over a piece of metal creates an electric current. (That's how most electricity is made!) So a camera being passed through a magnetic field while it ison (i.e.: placing your camera onto the magnetic mount) could induce random electrical signals into the circuitry of the camera. This wasn't much of an issue with film cameras because they didn't contain a lot of integrated circuits, but digital cameras would be quite susceptible to these random signals, and with unpredictable results.

I wouldn't do it.

Manfrotto and others have quick release plates. I'd use one of those instead.
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What is the advantage of a magnetic mount over any of the other quick release systems? In particular, having the same quick release on the monopod that you have on your tripod.

Having achieved geezerhood, I have been thinking about a combination walking stick monopod but haven't figured a way of easily changing the length/height. Not thinking of the extreeme of being able to sit, but to be able to shoot uphill and downhill - plus/minus eight inches or so.
I have been thinking about something in that line too. Found an item that might do, but am not sure of the quality. http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=407981

At the price, I may give it a try anyway.

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That makes sense to me.

I agree that a solid wlaking staff would not be adjustable as indicated but for myself I don't find that to be an issue.

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