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The Merlin Stick

Mike Graham (Merlin)

Keywords: ball, heads, non_nikon, monopod, merlin

This article was orginally written by late member Mike Graham (Merlin) and we on the team keep it online for us all to enjoy and have as a reference. Enjoy!

Undercover camera support

You say your biggest problem is going to be keeping your camera steady, at long shutter speeds, in places that are so dark you need radar to get from one end of the room to the other. Flash is forbidden and tripods get confiscated on sight?


The Merlin Stick

The Walking Stick Monopod, aka "The Merlin Stick".


Ok, I got the idea after wasting money on the most useless gadget I've ever bought -a shoulder stock. Then I started wondering about other ways to fix a camera firmly, and one thing kind of led to another...


I've dedicated long hours to finding ways of bending silly rules aimed at preventing me from getting my photos.

Try this:

Buy a wooden walking stick, the longest you can reasonably carry.

Make sure it has a wide grip on top.

Drill a 5mm hole vertically through the top of the grip, and wind a piece of 1/4 inch threaded metal into it far enough to leave about 1.5 cm sticking out the top.


In your pocket, carry a small ball swivel head. Like James Bond, once you're inside you just attach the swivel head and BINGO! You have a monopod! Not quite as stable as a proper tripod, but you'll get your shots! (Q would have thought up something more effective...)




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Originally written on January 21, 2009

Last updated on January 25, 2021