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Old May 5th, 2010, 01:07 PM   #1
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Monopod as a stabilizer?

Been asked last minute to do my friend's wedding. I'm not quite prepared for it since I sold most of my accessories. Anyone tried using this method before? Economy is tough, I can't afford the glidecams. 8^)

I do have a Manfrotto 682B. The bottom of the monopod is heavy enough. Hope it helps soften the bumps as I walk about. And when my arms get tired, I can set it down. hehe! What do you think? Will it work? Thanks for you thoughts. Good or bad. 8^)

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Old May 5th, 2010, 02:28 PM   #2
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Joe- I shoot lots of weddings. My monopod is one of my most valuable tools. Extend it all the way for smooth overhead boom shots, turn it upside down for low angle walking shots, or just use it straight up. The biggest challenge I have is keeping it still for a long time during the vows.
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Old May 5th, 2010, 08:30 PM   #3
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If you have a head with a tilt handle, this is what I did last time: Colapsed it, and stuck the end to my belt, one hand on the handle, the other holding the monopod right beneath the head or the camera itself, and there you have a cheap, no DIY stabilizer system... but you have to get the length right for comfort. I am short, so I had to extend one section for certrain shots. My unipod has a shoulder strap and I used that as well to keep it even steadier.

I hope I could explain it and it made sense... I'll post a picture when I get home...
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Old May 5th, 2010, 09:02 PM   #4
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I've also got the 682B and I've used it as a stabilizer but like you said, it is heavy. Hell, I've used it as a stabilizer, tripod, crane, and even a monopod. Should be fine for your job.
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Old May 7th, 2010, 04:37 PM   #5
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Thanks for the helpful repies. I'm here at Cancun and the wind at the beach is pretty steady at 15 mph. So I'll to baby sit the 682B even with the mini tripods out. I did a dry run a while ago and as far as I can, it's pretty steady when I walk with it. Much better than without. Tomorrow is the big day so all I have to worry about is the wind noise on the lapel mic (which can be easily remedied).
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Old May 11th, 2010, 04:04 PM   #6
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If you have a head with a tilt handle, this is what I did last time: Colapsed it, and stuck the end to my belt, one hand on the handle, the other holding the monopod right beneath the head or the camera itself, and there you have a cheap, no DIY stabilizer system... but you have to get the length right for comfort. I am short, so I had to extend one section for certrain shots. My unipod has a shoulder strap and I used that as well to keep it even steadier.

I hope I could explain it and it made sense... I'll post a picture when I get home...
That sounds like a Do It Yourself version of the Davis & Sanford Steady Stick.
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Old May 11th, 2010, 07:03 PM   #7
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^ Yes....Pretty much...
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Old July 3rd, 2012, 04:10 PM   #8
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Re: Monopod as a stabilizer?

I have used mine tucked in a small waist bag or the waist band of pants/belt to steady. and the strap around my shoulder under my arm. Works great for me! My tri pod is used more than any other item I own.
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