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Old December 25th, 2003, 07:59 PM   #1
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monopod with sling for walking around??

Hello.

i saw someone shooting with a pd-150 and he had a monopod, when the monopod was collapsed he had a short sling around his neck/side with a cup that the end of the monopod went into.

has anyone seen this? who makes it, etc?

i have a new dvx-100a and with the shotgun mic on the camera and the senn 500 receiver it is getting a bit heavy, looking for something to let me wander around and shoot a documentary without either killing my arms and/or coming out with a shaky cam effect.

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Old December 29th, 2003, 01:02 PM   #2
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Manfrotto/Bogen makes a lot of mono/tripods, perhaps they
have one here
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Old December 29th, 2003, 01:48 PM   #3
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yeah i looked and the closest they have is a belt accessory.

this was more of a nylon strap/sling with a cup, almost like those things you see when someone is carrying a flag in a parade.

it looked like it was specifically made for steady-ing the mono-pod.

it probably didn't have any steadicam properties whatsoever, but for doing an event and standing with the camera stationary it might do the trick.

i have a mini-rover on the way from b&h

i decided to keep the bracket1 for tripod stuff, it really is a neat product, just too damn heavy/weight forward for handheld work.

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Old December 30th, 2003, 01:28 AM   #4
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Manfrotto make a belt pouch for a monopod. there are some variations on the idea with the Steady stick and The DV Caddie

http://www.dvcaddie.com/dvjunior.htm

http://www.tiffen.com/steady_stick.htm

http://www.manfrotto.com/
Bogen 3247 or a 080 manfrotto monopod belt pouch

You're going to love your Mini Rover. Buy some lock tite and set the guide pin in the base of the mini rover. That was the only failing.

Once you get the rover against your chest with elbows locked, you'll be a steady camera platform.
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Old December 30th, 2003, 06:29 AM   #5
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You might want to look into the Uni-Loc Tripods. They make a device for monopods (duopods) that aid in stabilizing monopods for better pans etc.
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Old December 31st, 2003, 02:06 AM   #6
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Is this monopod worth purchasing?

http://www.adorama.com/refby.tpl?refby=scart&sku=SUEZP

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Old December 31st, 2003, 08:58 PM   #7
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That particular model from Slik is not a very good monopod. Look at Bogen and Gitzo for better built, sturdier monopods. Actually this monopod, by Adorama is a very good monopod, too.
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Old January 1st, 2004, 03:29 PM   #8
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Thanks, Jeff. The Adorama Pod you suggest costs $89 without a head. I really can't justify spending over $100 for my ZR cam.

There are Bogens for under $100, but Bogen's flip levers are much too tight for me to easily manipulate.

If anyone is also considering inexpensive monopods, here are three under $50:

http://www.adorama.com/catalog.tpl?o...EZEE&item_no=1

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...is=REG&si=feat

http://www.adorama.com/catalog.tpl?o...6978&sku=TPMOP

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Old January 1st, 2004, 03:33 PM   #9
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Dorothy,
The flip levers on the Bogens can be adjusted to open and close easier, the problem is that if you go just a little too far in loosening to open easy then it doesn't lock tight.
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Old January 1st, 2004, 04:51 PM   #10
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Don, I'm curious how you adjust the flip levers. I returned the Bogen 728B tripod because of those nasty, unyielding levers.

Also, Bogen's advertised "extremely smooth pan and tilt movement" was nowhere near as smooth as the less expensive Velbon Videomate 607!

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Old January 1st, 2004, 09:15 PM   #11
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I have the Bogen 628B and it came with an Allan Wrench for the base and a small wrench for the cap nuts that hold the levers in place and to adjust them. Perhaps other models don't come with it but on mine there is a nut that can be adjusted.
Also, I use a 501 head on my monopod as well as one of my tripods so I can switch if needed. The 628B has no moving head at all just a base plate.
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