By coincidence I'm redoing my Smugmug site, and also jut got a new Feisol monopod, and also had a bit of spare time.
So I'm experimenting with what it would take to do occasional blog postings on my Smugmug site, and did a somewhat complete review of the Feisol CM-1471 monopod, and compared it to my current Monfrotto 694CX.
In case either it's useful as a review, or anyone might like to comment on the style or appearance of doing this as I did on Smugmug, here's a link. Criticism welcomed on either, and indeed on anything on the new site.
I enjoyed reading your blog on the Feisol - well written, informative, and useful - and your Smugmug site and photos are very nice. Your Great Blues Preparing a Nest image is spectacular. Well done and thank you.
>Linwood, > >Your work really shows off the new SmugMug redesign well! >Nice portfolio of images. Have you blogged anywhere prior to >Smugmug? Zenfolio's blog feature is passable, but I prefer to >use WordPress.
No. I'm not sure I really have anything to say that merits a blog, but wanted to experiment a bit on format and see how it could work here. I looked briefly at another couple of sites including Wordpress.
Your site looks great and your monopod comparison and review was excellent and most informative. Thanks for taking the time. I have a Manfrotto 681B monopod that I purchased as a cheap first shot at the genre. I still don't have the hang of using a monopod so it mostly sits unused. I guess I need more practice. I am so bad with a monopod I almost always get better results handholding.
>I still don't have the hang of >using a monopod so it mostly sits unused. I guess I need more >practice. I am so bad with a monopod I almost always get >better results handholding.
My main use of the monopod is to hold up a heavy lens, not to steady it. I've had no great luck either using it to shoot a slower shutter speeds. For me it's a way to hold up the weight longer than just the first inning. But generally I can shoot better (aiming in particular) handheld as well. Just not very long.
I also find it easier to carry a long lens over the shoulder on a monopod than in a case (separate from my camera bag).
Very nice site, Blog and review of the monopods. I enjoyed it. . . . I have a Bogen/Manfrotto monopod as well, and I found an appropriate sized thin fender washer inserted in the rubber foot cap before placing them on the shaft vastly extends the life of the rubber cap.