When I am out in the countryside or taking pictures outside of groups of people, for example, it can be difficult to find a sturdy surface to rest your camera on. I do often have a shaky hand and this can affect picture quality. Tripods are great for those with timers on their camera as you can simply set the equipment up and get in the picture yourself. The Hama Star 78 Mono is a 'monopod'. Tripods have three legs, so it makes sense that monopods have just the single leg. Obviously there are advantages and disadvantages of each type of 'pod' and it depends what type of images you like to take.
If you are the kind of person that uses a tripod so you can get in on the images yourself then the Hama Star 78 Mono isn't for you for obvious reasons. If you are more interested in taking a walk through the countryside and taking crisp and clean images of rivers or landscapes then there are a few advantages to the monopod. Firstly is cost, the '78' is available for £9.99 on the Amazon website at the moment. Tripods from the same manufacturer cost from around £15, so price is slightly in favour of the monopod. The other reason is weight and size. The Monopod is telescopic to some extent, allowing you to reduce the 178cm maximum height down quite considerably. This is a big plus when you are a fan of long walks as you can just attach it to your rucksack without it getting in the way. Also the weight is very reasonable, weighing under 700grams also benefits those interested in using it on long walks. Another thing to consider is that often level ground cannot be found, so tripods would struggle under these conditions anyway.
The advantages of a monopod are clear to see, but it depends what you wish to use such a product for. The 3D pan head allows you to fully adjust the head of the attachment where the camera sits. There is also a mini spirit level which allows to accurately get a level image. The plate at the top of the monopod has a quick-release system in place which allows you to promptly change cameras quickly and easily. Additional quick-release plates are available seperately, but the mechanism on the supplied plate means you can quickly pack your camera away and move onto the next location.
A carrying bag is included in the package. This is tough and robust and mine has spent a lot of time outside without showing much wear. I havn't had any issues with adjusting the size of the monopod and this can be done by simply twisting knobs. The carrying case is a simple black number, with the '78' made from lightweight aluminium with tough plastic in addition to this. The design is easy to get along with and there are no annoying quirks to contend with compared to other models I own.
Overall I wouldn't like to go over the top with my praise for this product, as monopods do have their disadvantages aswell. For the price it is a decent product, though, and is robust enough to last a good few years in all elements of the British Seasons. On balance it has to be seen in a favourable light and the simple and lightweight construction lends itself very well to my use.
I've been looking for a value monopod for a while now. I needed something that would steady my video camera but be smaller and more compact than a tripod.
This is just the ticket. It really is compact but extends to an impress 176cm in height if you need it to and folds down to just 61cm. It also has a handle a pan head for good movement, which many other monopod's I've seen do not have.
There's a rubber foot at the bottom that swivels which is great for when you still need movement but also want the shot to be remain steady. It also comes with a handy carry bag that zips up and has an over shoulder strap.
It's really light so you'd have no trouble travelling with this model.
Well built and cheap enough to be a welcome addition to any photographer or film maker. You can buy far more expensive models, but for me this is great for what I need it for which is steady shots on the move quickly.
i bought this mono pod the other day,unpacked it and found out that it is very sturdy product the only thing i found wrong with it is that the pan and tilt handle gets in the way,it presses against your body when you look through the view finder of your camera,if they replaced the pan/tilt handle like manfrotto use on there tripod,then it would be a lot better,but apart from that its a great monopod.the other great thing i found out when i opened the package was how well built it is and not made of cheap material,after looking at countless monopods the hama one is the best around,and with its spirit level, which is situated on the side and works a treat,so all i can say if any body reads this go and buy one it will be worth the money spent on it,good luck and happy photography.cheers.