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5.0 out of 5 stars Alternative Use for the Hama Monopod, 28 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Hama Alpenpod Walking Stick with Monopod for DSLR Cameras (Accessory)
I have been looking for a device to use as a camera stabiliser for my Canon 5D Mk2 when making videos. There are lots of products ranging from £80 - £300 available on the market. As I didn't want to spend that sort of money (especially when the reviews weren't great!), I decided to try the Hama Walking Stick Monopod. At the price it didn't matter if it was a failure.
To my surprise and delight it worked perfectly!! With 2 hand holds, the walking stick arm providing the additional hold, and the leg resting on my shoulder, I could achieve exactly what I wanted. The end result is a video with no camera shake and no spurious jolts, even when following my subject by walking backward.
For the price and the results, this little device is a gem. Of course, I can also use it as a Monopod which is a bonus for me!!
Don't spend a fortune on expensive stabilisers, get one of these instead - it's brilliant.
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Initial post: 7 Jan 2011 14:06:32 GMT
Joy says:
Excellent review, just what I needed to know. Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 May 2011 15:11:01 BDT
Last edited by the author on 22 May 2011 15:11:57 BDT
wonderful idea, is it reasonably good as a hillwalking pole ? i need this as an ultra portable monopod and as a serious pair of hiking poles.. any thoughts on this ? oops forgot tp click email reply box see next comment to reply to me

In reply to an earlier post on 22 May 2011 15:12:49 BDT
reply here please
thanks
alan

Posted on 18 Jan 2013 07:37:33 GMT
B. C. Brown says:
I have been a keen amateur for over 50 years and this has proved to be one of the most useful accessories I own.
As a regular user of a walking stick it is difficult sometimes to steady oneself while holding the camera in the left hand while zooming and using the shutter with the other.
With this excellent device I am able to stand perfectly steady holding the shaft of the monopod by either the soft grip or the shaped grip with the left hand while leaving the right hand free to make camera adjustments and operate the shutter.
To make it perfect I suggest mounting a Hama camera ball and socket head onto the top screw, this gives an easier adjustment to camera angle and allows the camera to be mounted without having to rotate the monopod while screwing onto the head.
The little compass works well if you have the patience to hold it carefully while it settles to magnetic north and it provides protection to the camera mounting screw.
I have replaced the wrist strap with a nylon one @ £1.99 which is more comfortable in use.
All in all an excellent device which is well made at a most reasonable price which has breathed new life into my favorite hobby.
Well done Hama !
B.Brown

Posted on 8 Jun 2014 11:50:04 BDT
B. C. Brown says:
Fully agree with reviewer, to make mine perfect I purchased a Velbon PHD-310 small pan and tilt head and Velbon QRA-3 quick release to turn head 90 degrees to fit Sony Handycam so now fully equiped for video or still photography.
One minor point, I found wrist strap un-acceptable so replaced it with lighter walking stick wrist strap.
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