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What is weight capacity on a monopod?

Ferguson

Cape Coral, US
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Ferguson Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for the generous sharing of his high level expertise in the spirit of Nikonians Nikonian since 19th Aug 2004
Mon 08-Jul-13 09:56 PM


I get how ballheads can have weight capacity, the idea they can smoothly transition across a range of motion without the heavy lens/camera slipping away.

I sort of get the idea of tripods having a weight capacity, maybe, along the lines of bending strength with legs splayed wide or something. But face it, we sometimes hang bags of rocks on tripod centers to stabilize them, much heavier than the weight limit. So not quite sure there either.

But all that aside -- what is the criteria for weight limit on a Monopod? There's no tipping over, all the weight is carried more or less straight down (and if it's not, like you use it as a pry bar, it's not about the camera weight anyway).

So what is it that determines the load limit on a monopod?

Why do I see people saying "with that lens you need a really sturdy monopod"?

It's not like it has less vibration -- the vibration is all caused (or prevented) by your technique with a monopod, really.

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