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    Posted: 22 July 2012 at 23:43
The Olympics are close upon us and the only restriction on photography equipment is that it must be less than 30cm in length. Fortunately the 300 2.8 comes in at around 25cm, but the weight could do with some support yet my gitzo mono pod at 36cm is too long.

Anyone seen any monopod that comes in at less than 30cm when collapsed?


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That would be a small monopod indeed... maybe they hope to discourage monopod use.
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Gitzo GM2561?
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Originally posted by robertsmx robertsmx wrote:

Gitzo GM2561?

Folded Length: 14.2" (36cm)

I'm telling you, 30cm is tiny. I'm sure somebody makes monopods that small... but also strong enough to support a DSLR + 300mm lens?
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Hi Simon,

Mount a "T" handle on the top of the pod and take it in using it as a walking stick.

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Originally posted by Shelldrake Shelldrake wrote:

Hi Simon,

Mount a "T" handle on the top of the pod and take it in using it as a walking stick.



That's using the old noodle.

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Originally posted by robertsmx robertsmx wrote:

Gitzo GM2561?

This is the monopod I currently own. Great piece of kit but as sybersitizen points out it is too long when folded.

Originally posted by sybersitizen sybersitizen wrote:

I'm telling you, 30cm is tiny. I'm sure somebody makes monopods that small... but also strong enough to support a DSLR + 300mm lens?


I completely agree, 30cm IS tiny, but surely there must be pods designed for maximum extension being about 80cm; e.g. spectator height when seated?

Originally posted by Shelldrake Shelldrake wrote:

Hi Simon,
Mount a "T" handle on the top of the pod and take it in using it as a walking stick.


Cunning ploy! On my search for this 'spectator pod' I've also read peopling slicing and dicing all sections of a cheap pod. Customoisation seems to be the only way forward by the looks of things

Edited by Tricky01 - 23 July 2012 at 08:30


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What about a Walking Stick with a Gorilla Pod mounted on top?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Pirate Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 July 2012 at 08:45
Originally posted by Tricky01 Tricky01 wrote:

The Olympics are close upon us and the only restriction on photography equipment is that it must be less than 30cm in length. Fortunately the 300 2.8 comes in at around 25cm, but the weight could do with some support yet my gitzo mono pod at 36cm is too long.

Anyone seen any monopod that comes in at less than 30cm when collapsed?

Are you mounting on the pod directly or on a ballhead?

RedSnapper RSM 284 should suit your requirements and weight loading:

Specs:

Max height 1580mm
Folded length 515mm
Top tube dia 28mm
Weight 560gms
Max weight 8kg

See link which provides full details and all for the totally bank busting price of £24.95. I have the RS-283 and RSH-12 combo and the quality is excellent. You'd pay a lot more for similar in the shops for a similar quality product, so don't let the price fool you. If you're also a TalkPhotography member, RS were giving a 10% discount, so if you do enquire, ask if their offer is still running.
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Pirate:

515 mm folded is considerably longer than 30cm (300mm).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Blame Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 July 2012 at 09:01
Walking stick + improvised adapter. No official can object.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Pirate Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 July 2012 at 09:10
Originally posted by Bob Maddison Bob Maddison wrote:

Pirate:

515 mm folded is considerably longer than 30cm (300mm).

Details details details . . nothing a hack saw won't sort out
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Silver Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 July 2012 at 10:36
What about this one

Folded Length 9.8" (24.9 cm)



There is also something called
Leica Leitz Table Tripod M3 M8 iiig iiif M4 M2

google it or search on ebay

Edited by Silver - 23 July 2012 at 10:40
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Check out atlascamerasupport for a smile, Simon! I can see you with that on!
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