I use this monopod for a light point and shoot camera and a small camcorder, but I would have concerns using it for a DSLR with a large lens. A monopod will provide much more stability than holding a camera by hand, and it is much easier to carry around than a tripod, so it is a good compromise. This monopod is just a monopod, it is not strong enough to be used as a walking stick.
Step 1: What you need
- 1 piece of bamboo, about 5/8" in diameter, about 5' long. This is what I used, because it's what I have available. Use whatever you
can find, just make sure it's somewhat straight.
- 1 dual threaded stud, 1/4/'-20 machine thread on one end and wood lag screw thread on the other end.
- 2 1/4"-20 nuts
- 1 1/4"-20 wing nut
- 1 1/4"-20 lock nut
- Wrench (don't use pliers)
- Drill with a 13/64" bit
Step 2: Prepare the Bamboo
Drill a 13/64" pilot hole in the thick end of the bamboo.
Step 3: Insert the Hardware
Using the wrench on the top nut, screw the wood threaded end into the pilot hole of the bamboo until the wood threads are fully embedded.
Remove the 2 1/4" nuts.
Step 4: Add the Wing nut
The wing nut or lock nut is used to tighten against the body of the camera, to prevent it from rotating during use.