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« on: February 28, 2007, 10:21:58 PM »

I would like to shoot landscapes from a height of about 20 feet. Does anyone know of a monopod that goes this tall?

It needs to be portable and fit in the trunk of my car.

I will have my Canon 1Ds Mk2 supported on one end with an Arca-Swiss sytle ballhead or clamp. I have a Canon Wireless Controller LC-4 to trigger the shutter.

The reason I want this is to open up the midground on relatively flat landscapes. Where I live (the midwest) pictures taken around 5-feet off the ground often lack a good midground. I'm hoping that a greater elevation will open things up.

Suggestions?

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« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2007, 05:08:39 AM »

You need to borrow a leaf from the videography book and find an adequate Video Boom such as:

http://www.cambo.com/Html/products_video/s...net/Item19.html

There are dozens available and certainly an SLR friendly one among them.
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« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2007, 05:18:29 AM »

Just occured to me that using a lighting boom might be a much cheaper option ($100 instaed of $1000). Certainly not as sturdy but you can screw the camera straight on.

Plenty to choose from at:

http://www.calumetphoto.com/ctl?ac.ui.pn=s...arch&query=boom
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« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2007, 03:11:02 PM »

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You need to borrow a leaf from the videography book and find an adequate Video Boom such as:

http://www.cambo.com/Html/products_video/s...net/Item19.html

There are dozens available and certainly an SLR friendly one among them.
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WOW! Never thought about that.
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« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2007, 03:13:45 PM »

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I would like to shoot landscapes from a height of about 20 feet. Does anyone know of a monopod that goes this tall?

It needs to be portable and fit in the trunk of my car.

I will have my Canon 1Ds Mk2 supported on one end with an Arca-Swiss sytle ballhead or clamp. I have a Canon Wireless Controller LC-4 to trigger the shutter.

The reason I want this is to open up the midground on relatively flat landscapes. Where I live (the midwest) pictures taken around 5-feet off the ground often lack a good midground. I'm hoping that a greater elevation will open things up.

Suggestions?

Thanks,
Henry Domke
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Are you planing to shoot tethered and which screen or computer are you planing on using?
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[span style='color:red'] CANON [/span][span style='color:black'][span style='font-family:Arial']EOS[/span][/span] [span style='font-size:8pt;line-height:100%'][span style='color:black']1[/span][/span][span style='color:black']Ds [span style='font-family:Arial']MkII [/span][/span] [span style='font-family:Arial'][span style='color:#800000']               EBONY SV[span style='color:Black']45[/span]U2[/span] |  [span style='color:#254117']Schneider[/span] | [span style='color:#254117']Rodenstock[/span] | [span style='color:#254117']Cooke Optics[/span]  
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« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2007, 10:07:27 PM »

A single pole of 20' would probably not be stable; one alternative is a triangular cross section antenna tower.  Check with ham radio or TV antenna suppliers for a multi-section short tower, possibly four five-foot sections that stack together?  For stability, it's base could be a plate that you back a rear tire onto, and then tie a higher point of the tower to the roofrack of the car.

Alternatively, see if you could get a Coyote; it has fairly good camera mast: http://www.gdcanada.com/content/detail.cfm?acronym=LAV-RECCE

Andy
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« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2007, 10:59:56 PM »

This was somewhat discussed in a thread called "The world's most expensive tripod," in which we were discussing the best way to shoot (safely) off the top of a truck. I also live in the midwest, and know the problem that you're looking at; and I find that shooting off the top of an SUV, which will get the camera ~11-12 feet off the ground, helps a lot. The problems are two: safety (if you trip backwards, you'll land on your head for the same reason that the bread lands jelly-side down) and not damaging the truck. I once did archaeological photography, and tried to work ouit a boom system, but eventually gave up. IMHO, a boom would not work well for landscape; seems like it should, but once you get into the details, it doesn't.

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« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2007, 03:16:22 PM »

This is pricey, might be bigger than a car boot, but is very interesting all the same.

http://www.higheye.co.uk/
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« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2007, 04:15:09 PM »

What about a collapsing flagpole?  I have one on my deck that is 80" when down and extends almost to 20ft.  A plate could be made to mount it on the ground or top of vehicle.  A top plate could be fashioned to hold a ball head.
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« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2007, 04:29:07 PM »

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This is pricey, might be bigger than a car boot, but is very interesting all the same.

http://www.higheye.co.uk/
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I believe you rent the vehicle/operator and 'pole'. They stand out at Focus [UK Camera event] every year for obvious reasons. Their kit is the stand.

Besides their travel costs to the american midwest may be a bit pricey!
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« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2007, 05:21:08 PM »

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I believe you rent the vehicle/operator and 'pole'. They stand out at Focus [UK Camera event] every year for obvious reasons. Their kit is the stand.

Besides their travel costs to the american midwest may be a bit pricey!
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They sell the system at Focus too. Should be able to order from the states  
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« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2007, 06:06:34 PM »

Have a look at   www.elevatedphotos.com

If that is to mush, then Manfrotto do have a stand 269HDU 7,3m high which is ok to a Nikon D2x.

I have used it to architecture photos.

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« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2007, 05:13:09 PM »

OP had an article a while back on one designed for a truck/SUV. You might check their site or call them up.

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« Reply #13 on: March 27, 2007, 10:45:46 PM »

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I would like to shoot landscapes from a height of about 20 feet. Does anyone know of a monopod that goes this tall?

It needs to be portable and fit in the trunk of my car.

I will have my Canon 1Ds Mk2 supported on one end with an Arca-Swiss sytle ballhead or clamp. I have a Canon Wireless Controller LC-4 to trigger the shutter.

The reason I want this is to open up the midground on relatively flat landscapes. Where I live (the midwest) pictures taken around 5-feet off the ground often lack a good midground. I'm hoping that a greater elevation will open things up.

Suggestions?

Thanks,
Henry Domke
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« Reply #14 on: March 28, 2007, 04:55:51 AM »

Don't neglect the possibilities of radio controlled helicopters and balloons and even kites.
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