Wednesday 29 October 2008

Wedding Photographer in Kent - Monopods

I always have a monopod strapped to my photography trolley. I tend to use it during wedding speeches and sometimes for candids of guests shot outside, both occasions when I shoot with a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS lens.

I'm currently using a Manfrotto 685B Neotec monopod - it's a well-designed and elegantly-constructed piece of kit. The headline is the automatic Neotec locking system - no twisting or tightening of clamps required, just extend the legs (whilst standing on the foot pedal to keep the monopod firmly grounded) and they lock automatically. To contract the monopod you release a safety lock with your small finger and then squeeze the palm trigger with your other three fingers - this allows for one-handed operation. It also features a suction foot cup for floor stability and a leg warmer (carrying a cold monopod without one of these is not a pleasant experience). The monopod is light, but able to support 8kg of kit, and has a good height range of 71-166cm.

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