Compact Self-Standing Monopod?

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  1. NeutralNovice

    NeutralNovice TPF Noob!

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    Hello! I've been a lurker for a while and now I have a new camera and more time! :) Maybe someone can help me with this..



    Does anyone know where I can find a self-standing monopod that is compact (Under 17" when folded)?


    Or, as an alternative, a monopod in which you can buy an adapter that will make it free-standing?


    I would like to have one of these so I can use it directly in front of me in cramped stadium seating. I would use a tripod but space is pretty limited. I would try using my hands, but I don't really have a steady hand. :(



    The smallest one I have found thus far is 21" when folded, which won't fit in my backpack. The particular event that I am going to does not allow tripods and even though they say nothing about monopods, I'd like to fit one in my bag to slip it past security.

    No, I am not a criminal or anything, I just want to take advantage of the loophole. :)



    Thanks!
     
  2. usayit

    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Generally those free standing monopods are pretty awfully unstable. The base is narrow and they are generally tall. They sway back and forth in even breezes.

    Here's a trick that I've used in the past. monopod bungee corded to something. Perhaps a handrail or the seat infront of you.
     
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    What is wrong with holding the monopod? Did i miss something?
     
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    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Its a similar loophole to art galleries - no tripods, but nothing about monopods - mostly, as you say, because of space.
    As for a free standing monopod I think you might be out of luck there. From what I have gathered the monopods with small legs at the base simply don't have the stability to freestand (especially with a camera on top). The legs might be a little more stable that a point but its not a huge difference. Couple that with the crowds in a statium and I would not even trust my camera of a tripod to stand free.
    I think your just going to have to bite the bullet and hold onto your camera for the game
     
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    NeutralNovice TPF Noob!

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    I tend to have shaky hands.. the image stabilization in my camera is not working as well as other cameras... for now at least. (Casio EX-F1)

    I also wanted to take video footage of the activity in the field in HD and again, my hands tend to be shaky. I would bring a tripod but they're not allowed so I think a free-standing monopod would be the best compromise.

    EDIT: btw, i love this forum already! :) i got an answer in figuratively a split second! :) Thanks for your advice so far!
     

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