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    Question Monopod with or without legs/feet?

    Looking for thoughts on monopods with or without legs/feet. I need a better/taller model and have gone back-and-forth on legs/feet. My initial thought is to not get one with them. I don't see they would increase stability that much and might actually get caught on things when moving around (even when folded up). Any thoughts?


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    Re: Monopod with or without legs/feet?

    Quote Originally Posted by Camera Fun View Post
    Looking for thoughts on monopods with or without legs/feet. I need a better/taller model and have gone back-and-forth on legs/feet. My initial thought is to not get one with them. I don't see they would increase stability that much and might actually get caught on things when moving around (even when folded up). Any thoughts?
    Mine are without feet. My thinking is both of my legs when added with the monopod give me a total of 3 legs. If I had feet on mine, I wouldn't ever leave it standing on its own anyway.
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    Re: Monopod with or without legs/feet?

    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    ......If I had feet on mine, I wouldn't ever leave it standing on its own anyway.
    Definitely agree on that.
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    Re: Monopod with or without legs/feet?

    Without. The reason for the monopod is to get mobility and feet would just get in the way.

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    Re: Monopod with or without legs/feet?

    Same recommendation from me. The stability gain is minimal, the hassle and weight increase more significant.
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    Re: Monopod with or without legs/feet?

    To me the monopod offers flexibility to move easily and also an easy item to carry and use for extra stability when a tripod is not practical.

    I have a 10yr old monopod without feet and feel the extra edge of stability feet may offer they still take time to put in place and can get caught of surrounding obstacles and people.

    Sorry for the ramble and I agree with no feet and a clean monopod.
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    Re: Monopod with or without legs/feet?

    I have both with and without. I like having my mono with feet, but I paid money to buy the mono with big feet because many of them the feet are too small to be effective. I have used it where tripods are not allowed and need longer exposure. How I use it, with a remote in mirror up mode to minimize movement. Of course, I would never walk away from it, but I can let it go for the long exposure.

    It's footprint is about 1.5 feet in diameter.

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    Re: Monopod with or without legs/feet?

    I have feet on mine. But then again, it has a fluid base for smooth video panning which is what I bought it for.
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    Re: Monopod with or without legs/feet?

    Just wondering but would a monopod with feet be stable enough to support a flash for off-camera flash shots?
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    Re: Monopod with or without legs/feet?

    Quote Originally Posted by Camera Fun View Post
    Just wondering but would a monopod with feet be stable enough to support a flash for off-camera flash shots?
    I can get a DSLR with a large lens to balance with mine. But I sure a heck wouldn't walk away from it. One bump or nudge, and you're buying new gear.

    Buy a proper light stand for holding a speedlight.
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