Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/06/01

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Subject: [Leica] Re: best travel monopod
From: Ernest Murphy <>
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2001 15:47:42 -1000

I like relatively heavy tripods (Gitzo Reporter series), but for travel 
and just knocking around, I buy the cheapest, lightest  four-section 
monopod I can find. It costs about 20 USD, made of aluminum. I usually 
add a very cheap ball head although I'm not sure it is needed. Unlike 
with tripods, I have found no shooting advantage to a heavy monopod. 
(Your situation may vary; I use no big lenses.)  I lose monopods 
frequently, and live in a place where the high petty crime rate makes it 
foolish to keep anything valuable in a vehicle. I like having a monopod 
in my car at all times. No fancy shoulder bracket attachments; I 
practice the yoga of becoming a human tripod, with the monopod as the 
third leg. Works for me.

Ernest Murphy