Monopod: What are its benefits?

Started Dec 20, 2012 | Discussions thread
Mark Scott Abeln
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Re: Monopod: What are its benefits?
In reply to xpistos, Jan 2, 2013

xpistos wrote:

I have never used a monopod, but I am thinking of getting one, to use primarily indoors, at a pool where my kids swim. Right now I have an old Tokina 400 f5.6 manual focus lens, and also an older 70-210 mf lens.

What kind of exposure should I expect to get away with from using the monopod? For instance, could I get sharp pictures if I used 1/60 s with the 400? Or does the use of the monopod only helps in that I don't have to hand-hold a big heavy lens?

I used a monopod for the first time last night. I was outdoors, and the night was moonless. I managed to get ok photos at ½-⅛ second exposure times:

Hikers at night

This is rather impressionistic with low technical quality, but I was able to quickly get a shot where it otherwise would be difficult.

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