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I've been thinking of getting a monopod for when I take my camera walking.  I like a walking stick when hiking on uneven ground.  I have a light tripod but it's bulky to carry with me and a pain to set up and take down when hiking with others.

I also was thinking that my landscape and wildlife photos would do better with less hand movement.  I can manage 1/30th of a second without any blur, but for longer exposures, I want something to help steady my camera.  

The thing is, the monopod I can afford isn't great.  It has a rubber/plastic/synthetic grip that I doubt will agree with my skin.  I'm also not good with telescoping sticks (I have a nack of breaking advanced tech).


What if... and I'm just dreaming here... What if there was some sort of attachment I could add to the top of a wooden walking stick to make it fit my camera?

Is it possible to make my dream come true?
 
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Here's a nice Instructable on doing it with inexpensive, standard hardware bits that will give you some ideas!

https://www.instructables.com/id/Versatile-Walking-Stick-Camera-Monopod-and-Stylish/
 
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How about something like this?
 
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Quarter inch bolts or threaded rod is the standard.
I found few occasions to use a monopod, but some people like them a lot. Great for holding a camera ready for something to happen, animals or sports. It might help get you to 1/15th.

Adding a shoulder strap to a tripod is a tip I found useful.
 
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Given that it isn't too complicated, expensive or heavy… sounds worth a try to me.

If I take the tripod with me, I usually end up doing fairly long exposures in dark areas. But then again, the tripod isn't exactly small or leightweight.
Also I regret taking the tripod with me more than not taking it with me … right now it is holding the 3G antenna and will probably continue that job for a few more months.
 
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If I was making it, I'd use one of these. I think I'd find it easier to install than a t-nut.

 
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T Melville wrote:If I was making it, I'd use one of these. I think I'd find it easier to install than a t-nut.



that looks neat.  Something that shape would work well.

I'm trying to see the tpi (threads per inch) on that.  It says "bolt pitch 20" - but 'pitch' is the metric measure of threading and for a camera mount, it is usually "pitch = 1.270"  Whereas in imperial, it would be written "1/4-20 UNC"



I'm wondering if I could find something like this is brass or a non-plated metal.  I like brass because it's softer than the female connector in the camera so any cross-threading is less likely to break the camera than the easily-replaceable mount.  
 
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Pretty sure those are ¼-20. That's what I searched for, because I think that's the thread inside most cameras. No luck when I googled ¼-20 brass hanger bolts. ¼-20 brass toilet screws, though... Might have a look in the plumbing section.

Here's a link to the ones in the picture.
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