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Old Sep 16, 2005, 12:37 PM   #1
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Fellow Panasonians, please save me the effort of studying this purchase more than I want to....

There are so many monopods out there, ranging in price from $30 to hundreds of dollars.... (Price-wise, of course, I lean toward the low end) Any thoughts or suggestions on a particular model that would suitFZ20?
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Old Sep 16, 2005, 8:16 PM   #2
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i use a Photo-Logic monopod that i got at the local Fred Meyer for $20. Took the pan/tilt head off a much more expensive Qantaray QSX monopod which i got as a gift, and which pretty much fell apart after 3 months, putthe headon the Photo-Logic, and it's worked perfectly ever since. it's very light, telescopes down to about 20" or so, and has the lever-type quick-release locks so it's fast and easy to adjust. if you wanna spend hundreds for a Manifrotto or Bogen, go ahead, but it won't work any better, and you can buy half a dozen or more of the cheap ones for the price of one of those high-end models.

i've found that the only time a tripod is truly necessary is for "real" night photos in very low light conditions. the monopod is sufficient for pretty much everything else. the photo below was taken using the monopod, with no flash, about an hour after sundown.


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Old Sep 16, 2005, 9:18 PM   #3
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This is a nice monopod

http://http://www.bhphotovideo.com/b...goryNavigation



or if you are taller

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...goryNavigation
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Old Sep 16, 2005, 9:47 PM   #4
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Mine: The one and only Manfrotto 3245 Automatic Monopod

No screw or clip, you squeeze it, it drops to the right height (section1 only); If you have no extra handle and want speed setup, that's for you

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...goryNavigation

hum... I am not Panasonian, but Nikonian and Minoltanian :G
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Old Sep 16, 2005, 10:40 PM   #5
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I have this one:



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Once you have the legs, you'll never want to use a regular monopod again. It's a bit heavier than a typical monopod, but well worth it.
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Old Sep 19, 2005, 12:50 PM   #6
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I have this one because it is small (notice 4 sections instead of 3) and is taller than most so I can stand up straight when I shoot. I added a small ball head and it really helped. It also attaches nicely to my backpack and fits on airplanes.

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Kiernan -

I've somewhat settled on the 3231 monopod myself. How does the 3D head handle going from the horizontal to the vertical axis? Are you satisfied with the rigidity/stability with the vertical setup?

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Old Sep 24, 2005, 2:11 PM   #8
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Kiernan -

I've somewhat settled on the 3231 monopod myself. How does the 3D head handle going from the horizontal to the vertical axis? Are you satisfied with the rigidity/stability with the vertical setup?

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I've had no issues with this monopod. It was originally purchased for my Canon Digital Rebel and supported it with a 3 lb. 100-400 lens. I wouldn't use it in the wind that way, but indoors, it was fine. So, I'd say there wouldn't be an issue with any of the Panny cameras on it. Vertical is fine if you spin it so that the camera is balanced over one of the legs.

It's certainly not a tripod replacement by any means, but can serve as one in a pinch.
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