I just wanted to ask if anyone has used or is using a monopod for macro work? As I find it extrememly difficult to use a tripod while chasing a butterfly or dragonflys. Has anyone tried taking macro photos with a monopod? Doesn't have to be very high magnification....probably like half life size to mebbe 1.5 life size? Just curious as to if anyone has tried this. maybe even a macro focusing rail on it as well....
#1. "RE: Monopods for outdoors bugs and insects?" In response to Reply # 0
Yes, I use a monopod or the tripod as a bipod when chasing butterflies. I use either the 80-200 2.3 AFS or 300 f/4 AFS with the TC20E extender. This allows me to be about 5 feet from the butterfly and have about a 1:1.7 ratio. I don't think the little critters hold still long enough for a focusing rail. I run the F100 + 300 on Continuous autofocus for this and the shots are usually quite good.
#2. "RE: Monopods for outdoors bugs and insects?" In response to Reply # 1
Thanks for the reply Jim! Coolies I only have a nikon F2 so no auto focus for me unfortunately. My longest lens is a 80mm-200mm. I've taken some photos with that and the nikon 2 element diopters 3T and 4T i've posted the photos in a gallery at www.macrophotography.org
#4. "RE: Monopods for outdoors bugs and insects?" In response to Reply # 0
Have you tried using the tirpod as a focus stabilizer. I've had good success with the 80-400 and the 80-200 and a ball head that is loose. You can then follow, for example, a butterfly, but the weight of the camera is borne by the tripod. You can keep your finger on the button and click "at will." I'd not thought of a monopod (or a duopod, I guess) but that should work. But, the ballhead, tripod, and no tightening can work pretty well.
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