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Wherever I take a image (9 out of 10 photos) I use a monopod to stabilize the image. 

I have been amazed, time after time, how good lenses can be, if first you can get the best out of them.  To do this, you must hold the camera steady and not allow any shake to reduce the quality of the image.  A tripod is best, but I seldom carry one to the field to take the image, yet with a monopod, it is part of my daily camera photography.

Some of us who have tried them have abandoned them as too much bother.  I like to think the one I have chosen eliminates this problem.

I use a 1960s-1970s Bolex/Paillard monopod made in Switzerland, designed for their movie cameras.  It is relatively short 23 inches, without a head, or 26.5 inches with, yet will expand to 64 inches with ball head.  It was designed to be a fast set up with a quick pull extra length of 20 inches and then a cam lock with a variable length of an additional 19 inches.  In addition it has a rubber base, or screwed in a metal point tip released for outside use.

With my quick release ball head, I have the base already attached to 3 cameras I carry, so it is a simple matter to attach to the monopod and the ball head allows complete movement for the camera angles.  All I do is pull it out, extend the first extra length, and with the cam open I raise it to the height I want, throw the cam to lock the height and tighten the ball head at the angle I chose.  This is an improvement of most monopods that require you to open and lock each of up to 5 sections.

In addition to the use for the camera, this monopod with the pointed tip becomes a defensive weapon if needed, allows me access to nearly everywhere, without inconvenience, and since my recent replacement hip surgery in April, has become my variable height cane.

These can be found now and then, and I have turned on a few other photographers to their benefits.

eugene spiegel


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eugene spiegel
Artist | Professional | Photography
United States
Current Residence: Bean Blossom, Indiana, USA
Favourite genre of music: blues, jazz, great
Favourite style of art: original
Operating System: Mac Snow Leopard
Personal Quote: The only constant is change.



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