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Thanks everyone! There's some great info here. For those of you who usually bring tripods, how do you pack them or attach them to your pack? The couple of times I've tried to take one, it's been buried in my pack or lashed to my pack in a way that makes it hard to access. Either way resulted in me very rarely using it because it was too much trouble to unpack.
I use rocks. Sometimes I'll use a couple of sticks.
Ok, so it is not a tripod. Granted, it is not as flexible as a tripod and I have to improvise to get any elevation by using a post, rock, etc.On the plus side it cost less than a buck to make, it fits easily in a pocket, it works with any size or style of camera, it is unbreakable, there is no reason not to have it with you.Anyway, I always have this guy with me and it has come in handy on countless occasions when I would not have even thought to bring a tripod.
Do monopods work? I tried using one once, but didn't notice much improvement. Of course, I'm sure I wasn't using it correctly. Is it possible to get a sharp picture off a one second exposure with one?
1) attachment to outside of my pack basically by a home-made connector made of a small length of rope and little non-load bearing carabiner. You tie the rope securely to the tripod near the top (by the head or to the head itself). The carabiner clips onto something near the top of the pack (pick a strap, any strap). Then, you let the tripod hang vertically and slip one or more legs into one of the many straps that's sure to exist near the bottom of your pack.
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