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Re: Looking for a Monopod

Postby BarbaraC » Tue Jun 04, 2013 8:15 am

ginger wrote:Barbara, the stringpod is definitely a great thing to just keep in your purse so that you always have it. I don't have one but I think I need to get or make one.


Ginger, they're really a snap to make: either a standard 1/4-inch bolt with a #20 thread plus cord tied to it, or the kind with a hook (same size for the screw-in part)...plus cord tied to it. I happened to have extra cord lying around from a shade or something of that ilk, and it's what I used. As far as I know, it's always been a DIY project, not something you could buy.

The other thing people make are "beanpods," which are simply beanbags large enough to nestle the camera into. Great for stabilizing a camera on ledges, rocks, tree branches, and such: Sew together 2 squares of cloth on three sides, empty a bag of dried beans into it, and sew up the fourth side.

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P.S. YouTube is driving me nuts. They've been slowly but surely changing the codes for lots of things. I now have to alter the code for all videos on my site so they'll go back to not showing "related" videos at the end. Grrr.
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Re: Looking for a Monopod

Postby debngar » Tue Jun 04, 2013 8:42 am

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Debby, thanks for the info on your model. The feet do seem like a good option. I'm going to check to see how much weight they add. I'd like to keep it light and portable, but stability is important too.

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ginger


If I were to choose over again with what's available, I would go for a monopod with those types of legs for the flexibility feature as mine don't flex at all. Checking B&H, several models have those legs. Some come with a head, some don't, some hold a heavier amount of equipment. Manfrotto apparently has a rebate going on until June 15th. Benro makes separate legs to put on their monopods but that item isn't listed on B&H. Too bad I can't retrofit my Manfrotto to put those legs on it. :| It would be worth $50 for that feature IMO.
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Re: Looking for a Monopod

Postby ginger » Tue Jun 04, 2013 8:50 am

Thanks for letting us know about the rebate.

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Re: Looking for a Monopod

Postby debngar » Tue Jun 04, 2013 8:51 am

BarbaraC wrote:-snip-

P.S. YouTube is driving me nuts. They've been slowly but surely changing the codes for lots of things. I now have to alter the code for all videos on my site so they'll go back to not showing "related" videos at the end. Grrr.


I put off changing to the new YT format until yesterday as user are now forced to make that change by tomorrow. I don't mind it too much but that means I have to figure out how to redesign the channel and assign a nice header image to my channel which is a challenge. They state the need for certain dimensions so it's viewable on mobile devices as well as desktop machines, etc. But finding a good photo of mine that I like and works nicely within the aspect of those dimensions is the problem.

So far, it looks like my embedded YT videos on my blog aren't affected, thankfully. I just did a quick check of the last one I posted to my blog and no related video stuff is showing at the end.
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Re: Looking for a Monopod

Postby debngar » Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:00 am

ginger wrote:Thanks for letting us know about the rebate.

ginger

Since Benro offers similar monopods in competition with Manfrotto it could be they have something very similar in a lesser price range. I'm not familiar with that brand in how it compares to Manfrotto though.
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