I did a search and this is not a very popular subject. I got 10 threads back in a search with results that were complaints about cheap pods being no good and others asking for recommendations.
Well, this is not a post asking about which one to or not-to buy, but a post asking *WHY* use a monopod or tripod. When would you, should you or must you use a support for your camera and what style of support do you prefer?
My input: I have both a monopod and a tripod. The mono gets used more these days than the tripod. The tripod has been used over the years for landscapes with longer exposures in low light (just around sunrise and sunset) and a couple of times in formal portrait shooting situations. I use the monopod when I am out at events (sports events and things like indoor events in arenas) and just yesterday at a graduation ceremony. It is a good compromise between support for the camera at shutter speeds of 1/60th, 1/30th and 1/15th, and mobility. Once it is extended, it is way easier to pick it up and move about than the tripod. It stays strapped to the gadget bag 95% of the time, as it is not as flexible as hand-held only but it delivers the steady shots when I know from experience things are otherwise "borderline".
I'm going to ask the hard question here: Why do I not see more people saving the shot by using a camera support? Does it take too much away from the "Male Jewelry" thing? ;)