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"RE: Monopod?"

nrothschild Neil is an expert in several areas, including camera support Registered since 25th Jul 2004
Mon 14-Jan-13 07:37 PM

Most experienced monopod users report a benefit of about 2 stops or so using a monopod, verses hand held, and that is my experience.

If you use the 1/FL rule of thumb as a starting point, a 24mm lens would be good down to about 1/25s. A monopod might get you down to 1/6s.

That is a long way from 1s. It suggests thaty 1/8s is reasonable, given good technique. You have to meet or beat the averages.

The 1/FL rule of thumb is based on viewing an 8x12 uncropped print at about arms length. It is not applicable to a critical "enlarged" (zoomed in) inspection of a high res digital image. SO keep that in mind. At best the results likely will not equal a tripod, by any stretch although by shooting multiple frames you might get a very sharp "lucky catch".

Executive summary: a qualified maybe down to 1/8s with that lens

We all make those convenience/practical compromises when using a tripod in order to get the sharpest possible image. If I were to acquire a D800 I would figure on doing even more tripod mounted work in order to get all the res I'm paying for, but that is a very controversial subject that is argued here all the time.


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A general, generic topic Monopod? [View all] , Carmen Tulum , Mon 14-Jan-13 11:06 AM
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