I have been interested in monopods for some time sense I can not hold the camera still.
Using lens up to 100mm are OK, its the longer lengths that cause shake an movement.
Old age maybe the cause but a younger person can also benefit from a stable platform.
Agreed. Every bit helps. I am 63 and although I don't have an issue holding the 70400G it is heavy and it wriggles noticeably when shooting freehand. For a lot of casual photos, it is not necessary to use a MP or TP. But when shooting birds, I like every advantage I can get. That one method shown (in one of the vids) in which the MP leg was placed ahead and tilted back to the photographer....thus forming a "tripod" with the photographer's legs...does work quite well. The questions are what MP do you and others use most often and what do you like and dislike about the one you have? What ball head do you find useful and does it have any adjustments for the tension of ball.
My MP is the Manfrotto 679B. One of the legs was slipping slightly so I tightened it recently..an easy fix. The ball head is the MF 222. Here.
I've had it about three years and it has been great. The ball grip is normally rock solid and the grip pressure is adjustable. However, the grip gets looser when it is below freezing. Presumably the components have different coefficients of expansion. Does the pod have feet or legs that spread out for a more stable placement?
Not mine. I can see some advantages. Kurt may wish to comment further. I can also see that they might get in the way. Kurt? How do you mount the camera or lens to the pod. On top only or use the ball as pendulum on the side. Is the side mount more stable or have advantages for better positioning of the lens.
With the 70300G (I had previously), the camera was mounted on the MP head and the head had to be tipped for vertical shots. The 70400G has a ring collar to rotate and that's how I've been taking verticals .. keeping the ball head upright. And the ball head is also upright for horizontal shots.
However, I was just out for a while and tried tilting the head to the right and flipping the camera body/lens on the ring collar so the cam body was horizontal again. This could be a benefit and I'll explore this more.