brian fleming <>
David Stowe <>
Tue, 31 Oct 2006 15:00:07 +1100
I wouldn't be without my monopod. Cheap, light and combined with a
big telephoto (with or without IS) it goes a long way in eliminating
camera shake without the weight/hassle of a tripod. Often by the time
you get the tripod set up the bird has flown. Not sure how the weight/
centre of gravity etc works with a small camera though. My experience
is only with SLRs.
But as Mick Todd very accurately said regarding shutter speed - if it
is too slow you will get bird movement so your mounting is only part
of the issue.
When shooting in rainforest etc you are forced to use flash to get
the shutter speed fast enough. Unless you have obliging birds!
On 31/10/2006, at 2:31 PM, brian fleming wrote:
Mike Simpson wrote:
I use a Panasonic Z30 digital camera with 12* zoom and a Tcon-17
teleconverter. This gives the equivalent of around 19*zoom or
I hadn't thought of that approach. Our monopod has a flat top so
would need an adapter or a B&S head as well. In the garage is a
rifle stock gadget I made many years ago from alength of aluminium
tube; I'm not sure if it was ever used.
on a 35mm camera.
The camera does have image stabilisation, but for hand-held shots,
fitted a monopod to the camera which is set nearly horizontal so
fits under my arm. This, along with it's extra weight gives plenty of
stability to take pictures of birds at fairly low light levels,
allows for mobility which is not available with a tripod.
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