Later in the year I'll be going on a 16 day trip in outback Australia. I'm after opinions on wheather or not to take a Tripod or monopod along. The transport for the trip will be bus and train to get there then 4 wheel drive for 16 days after that. We are allowed only 10kg luggage plus camera gear to a total of 20Kgs.
All thoughts would be greatly appreciated
#1. "Monopod vs. Tripod" | In response to Reply # 0Newsphotog Basic MemberMon 05-Mar-01 11:32 PM
The answer to your dilemma would depend on a few things but the most important thing is what will you be photographing and with what lens(es)?
If you are going to be shooting primarily in the day with good light, a fast shutter speed even with a 300mm lens can be handheld. If you are shooting in low light, it's suggested that you at least have a Monopod with a fast film. It's not everyday that we all get to go on 2 week trips to the outback to photograph, so it's best that you do your research now.
There is a great product on the market for shooting from a vehicle. It's simply called a "bean bag" and is used to prop your camera on the side window edging or surface of a vehicle to give you more stable ground where a steadying device isn't prudent...such as in the outback. Some come with a thread to mount your lens or camera to for added stability. Check your local camera shop or have a look in some of the more popular camera magazines for the advertisements. When out in the wild like you will be, it's best to only take what you need.
Hope that helps.
#2. "RE: Monopod vs. Tripod" | In response to Reply # 1Alex Basic MemberWed 14-Mar-01 05:14 PM
I travelled all around Australia a couple of years ago and arrived without a tripod thinking the light would be bright enough etc etc. I bought one in Surfers Paradise having missed one terribly. Very useful for Uluru at dawn/sunset, not to mention close-ups of the amazing plants and insects. Also used it for night shots of the cities, particularly Perth,and Adelaide. Don't think I could have done much of it with a monopod. Soem of the waterfalls in the Blue Mountains are good for long exposures so a tripod is good here as is a Polerizer and/or ND filters.
Hope this is of use
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