Ckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 769 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1301 times:
Both have their place, both require practice to gain the benefit. Monpods are perhaps more suitable for airshows and the like - though you have to learn to work with the support, not against it ... I've seen plenty of photographers who in the heat of the moment have actually lifted the monopod right off the ground trying to track an aircraft! Not providing much support there!
With tripods, you will need to spend a fair bit of money to get anything useful. Firstly it needs to be very rigid (and probably quite heavy) to provide appropriate support for a telephoto in any kind of breeze. Secondly it needs a very good head - pan/tilt or ball socket is up to you, but you need a) absolutely smooth, even movement if you ever want to pan a shot and b) very good tension adjustment - too many heads are difficult to adjust ... they're either too loose or too tight with just micrometers between the 2 settings.
How do I know this? From spending too much money on "bargain" tripods which ultimately let me down! I've now got an expensive tripod, with an even more expensive head and it does the job it was intended to do just fine - but even this is fairly useless for subjects in flight.
Thomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 4022 posts, RR: 26
Reply 3, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1293 times:
I personally use both. All of my 'action' shots, approach were taken with a tripod. I mainly use a monopod at sporting events where tripods are discourged by officials or would be more of a hinderence to my photography.
Tripods like lenses come in a variety of quality ranges so it is very important you choose carefully there are a lot of cheap and flimsy tripods out there. Myself, I use a Gitzo tripod and a Bogen Monopod both with ball heads.
Aircanon From Austria, joined Aug 2000, 238 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1289 times:
A very interesting question.
Very simular to the one i was asking myself for some time. I made the experience that a tripod is very useful at many times. Not only for stationary objects but also for moving aircraft. For night photos a tripod is a must.