Option 3 - Monopod That Almost Acts Like a Tripod
Koolehaoda Monopod With Feet
The Koolehaida monopod has folding feet and cost around $50. The feet lock into open position fairly securely and supports my Canon 5d Mark III along with a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens.
The consolidation of camera tripods and monopods into one single accessory to carry seems to be becoming more popular. Designs have improved a lot over the last 9 years. Rather than just a geeky attempt at making something new, designers have actually built in valuable features that serve photographers.
Review of Monopod with Feet
Another choice for a tripod-monopod combination
AFAITH SLR Camera Tripod Monopod & Ball Head
One of the readers of Better Digital Photography Tips purchased a combination monopod/tripod marketed by AFAITH® so I wanted to pass it on to you as another option. This would make a good travel tripod because of the unique folding legs on the tripod.
Click on the photo below for the consumer reviews on Amazon for now. Check back soon for my full review.
Features of the Afaith Tripod-Monopod Combination
Lightweight portable and Compact design.
Has a 360 ° horizontal rotation panoramic head.
Three independent control knobs.
Precisely control every adjustment of the ball head;
Removable quick-release plate.
Comes with 1/4 "screw, works with any SLR cameras.
One of the legs can be used as long hiking pole with a spike tip.
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Using a Tripod-Monopod Combination on a Scooter Rider
"I have to ride a scooter when taking photographs - a passion of mine. I find a full tripod difficult to use as I have to stick to walkways and good pathways or smooth grass. Often it just too crowded so I do not bother with the tripod and end up with shaky pictures.
A merged tripod would give me more stability than a straight monopod and the feet would fit under the side of the scooter letting me get really close to the electronic viewfinder without leaning too much. I never leave my camera on a tripod when travelling so if the weight of the camera is too great I am there to hold. Definitely going to give it a try."
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