Using a monopod - SR on or off ?


malfis

Link Posted 05/09/2016 - 20:48
Having googled the question there appears to be no definitive answer.
Could you give me a clue in the light of experience ?
If I need to use a monopod it will be for mainly landscape and architecture.
Thanks.
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Chrism8

Link Posted 05/09/2016 - 21:02
Personally, given a monopod whilst more stable than handholding but not as stable as a tripod, SR on for me.

Although having said that, the subjects you've mentioned won't move, so why not use a tripod ?
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Last Edited by Chrism8 on 05/09/2016 - 21:03

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Mike-P

Link Posted 05/09/2016 - 21:26
With a monopod there still has to be some movement, however slight. Therefore I would use SR.
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swarf

Link Posted 05/09/2016 - 21:33
Mike-P wrote:
With a monopod there still has to be some movement, however slight. Therefore I would use SR.

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DOIK

Link Posted 05/09/2016 - 21:33
I think we have been down this route before, though not sure of the outcome. I use a monopod indoors with the 50-135 and outdoors for the mini motos with 55-300, both with SR on.
I was wondering whether it was better off for grab shots ie how long does it take for the SR to be ready. I seem to miss a quite few shots with it on.

John

malfis

Link Posted 05/09/2016 - 22:07
Chrism8 wrote:
Personally, given a monopod whilst more stable than handholding but not as stable as a tripod, SR on for me.

Although having said that, the subjects you've mentioned won't move, so why not use a tripod ?

I'm going to the USA, so taking a monopod makes things easier.
Lots of gear - but not a lot of idea!

malfis

Link Posted 05/09/2016 - 22:08
Thanks everyone - the consensus seems to be to leave SR on, so that's what I will do!
Lots of gear - but not a lot of idea!

johnriley

Link Posted 05/09/2016 - 22:26
I'd go one step further and leave the monopod at home. I always find they wave about a bit from side to side or to and fro, plus they add another thing to carry.

SR is so good that for travel I don't use a tripod or monopod. I do use a tripod for macro shots and for very long exposures.
Best regards, John

malfis

Link Posted 05/09/2016 - 22:30
johnriley wrote:
I'd go one step further and leave the monopod at home. I always find they wave about a bit from side to side or to and fro, plus they add another thing to carry.

SR is so good that for travel I don't use a tripod or monopod. I do use a tripod for macro shots and for very long exposures.

You've got me thinking now, John !
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AggieDad

Link Posted 05/09/2016 - 22:49
Yes, I would leave the monopod at home. You can always up the ISO and shoot at a faster shutter speed.
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davidwozhere

Link Posted 06/09/2016 - 01:08
I've got a very compact tripod that I always put in my suitcase, midway between the needs of a compact and a dslr camera. The box it came in was about 4ins square and 15ins long. Extended, on its spindly legs, it's about 40ins tall. Provided you use some sort of remote release the fact that the K5 is a bit to heavy for it doesn't matter a bit. It cost all of 6 off Ebay. At that price, if it doesn't work you chuck it in the nearest bin.
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vic cross

Link Posted 06/09/2016 - 01:17
I asked the same question many many moons ago and the answers from one and all were "USE SR"
So I do.
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malfis

Link Posted 06/09/2016 - 09:22
Well, that's sorted - definitely will use SR when I use my monopod - but I don't think it will be essential to take it to the US.
If necessary, as David said, I could always buy an inexpensive tripod and leave it out there with my son and family!

Thanks everyone for their input, it was much appreciated.
Lots of gear - but not a lot of idea!
Last Edited by malfis on 06/09/2016 - 09:23
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