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  1. Havok

    Havok TPF Noob!

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    Hello TPF!

    So I've posted a thread here maybe a couple weeks ago about choosing what to buy, and I still haven't decided I was picking between Canon and Nikon, but I was majorily in favor of Canon.

    Anyways, I've decided to go with a mirror less sony camera, the sony A6000 to be exact, I love everything about it and the kit lens is already wide enough for me at the moment.

    the A6300 is going to take some time to release here in my country which is sad but oh well.

    anyways, so my budget was about 1600$ I'm selling my PC for it, so I'll be needing a laptop to do all my photo editing/movie editing on, so I decided to pick up a 13" Macbook pro to go with it all.

    what do you guys think of it all?

    Sony A6000 with kit lens
    Cheap Monopod
    Camera bag for about 70$
    13" Macbook Pro

    all costing me about 1600$


     
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    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I think when I see things like that, I feel like crying. Why would you consider cheaping out on something that's going to support that very expensive cameara you've just purchased????? Especially when monopods aren't terribly expensive to begin with; a good one can be had for <$200 USD
     
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  3. Havok

    Havok TPF Noob!

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    I agree with you but I don't have the money for it right now, I've read some reviews on the monopod and it seems to be pretty solid.
    I'm obviously going to buy a better when I can.
     
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    Gary A. Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    If you're planning to shoot a lot of video, I would think a cheap tripod would serve you better than a cheap monopod. Tireiron has a valid point, I'd take my cheap monopod allocation monies and buy a used pod on EBay.

    As to the Sony, Sony makes great sensors. I haven't any expertise with Sony, but the negatives I see photogs complain about are with the menu system, lack of manual adjustments and lack of system behind the cameras. But if the lenses you seek to shoot with are available, (in terms of focal length, aperture, quality, and IQ), then go for it. The camera should suit you fine.

    Good Luck and Good Shooting,
    Gary
     
  5. OGsPhotography

    OGsPhotography No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    You got a macbook pro and a camera for 1600?
    Mac Pros here are expensive qq I went with a mac air, works great.

    Inwould trade my cheap monopod ( takes up space in closet and was a gift) for A beer. Litteraly one. Im not even sure what closet its in atm.

    If you need a monopod for some reason go with the cheap one, its a fn stick. Dont know why @tirediron would recommend spend 200 for one? If you need an awesome one for your job ( you shoot sports? For a living?) I would hope you wouldnt need advice here.
     
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    Ihatemymoney No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I use a fishing bag as a camera bag.
    Cabelela's always has this one certain fishing bag on sale for 20 bucks ..
     
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    pixmedic I am the Lord thy Mod Staff Member Supporting Member

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    probably for the same reason I would recommend a good tripod/monopod over a cheap one.
    im a big fan of cheaping out where I can. third party flashes, lenses, umbrellas, softboxes....
    I spent a little extra money and got a nice manfrotto tripod/pan head, and a manfrotto monopod/ball head.

    its not just about the leg(s) holding up.
    its also about how well the locking mechanisms work. (and ease of use) The telescoping mechanism. the screw threads. swivel points. weight capacity (mirrorless systems should not tax this part though) Stability. how many sections?
    The more gear you put on it, the more expensive it gets when something fails/gets bumped/blown over, and your camera hits the ground....so the less chance of that happening the better.

    im not at all saying that you cant find a cheap tripod/monopod that will do everything you need it to do, but i am saying there are perfectly valid reasons for people to recommend the more expensive ones.
    its like anything else. you have to find the mix of quality and price that best suits your needs.
     
  8. robbins.photo

    robbins.photo Yup, It's The Zoo Guy Supporting Member

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    Well, try to think of it as the fn stick that is keeping your expensive camera and lens from hitting the ground, then ask yourself if that isn't really worth a couple of extra bucks to get something with a decent build quality.
     
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    I already own a pretty good tripod with a video head from manfrotto that I very recently bought, I want this monopod becuase I'm going to travel soon, and I don't want the bulk of a tripod.
    I'm going with the A6000 simply because of its smaller body and its focusing system.

    well its mid-2012 13" Macbook pro, should do me just fine :p, also I would get a good one, just not yet, I want to know how much I'd be using a monopod before wasting money on something I wouldn't use that much.

    I'm going to be carrying two bodys and some lenses, I'll need the protection lol

    like I said, I want to know how much I'd be using a monopod before wasting money on something I wouldn't use that much.

    thank you all for your comments!
     
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    OGsPhotography No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    @robbins.photo When I used a monopod my hand was holding the camera as well. So no the stick doesnt do much.
     
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    robbins.photo Yup, It's The Zoo Guy Supporting Member

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    Well, if it doesn't do much why even bother to buy a cheap one?
     
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    I didnt and wouldnt thats the point @robbins.photo thanks for clarifying. It was a gift that takes up space save the 20$ and buy a beer or two money well spent.

    If you NEED a GOOD monopod for some reason unknown to me then by all means.
     

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