A New Bit Of Kit: After decades of use (I've lost count, it could be as much as 4 or 5), I am giving up the ghost on my long-suffering tripod. In the last 7 years, it was a fixture on the redhead that I used less and less as cameras got better and faster and I got lazier. Of late, the only time the tripod came off was for long-zoom shoots that needed a solid rest and even then I'd sometimes forgo RAW for the anti-motion, jpeg option. One of the cranks broke, which slowed down set-up time, so it seemed an update in kit was called for. The solution was the following monopod - a Vanguard VEO SAM 264TR monopod, shown below. I figured it was faster to adjust one leg rather than three That coupled with nothing to crank and wi-fi camera control thru the iPhone (something that's built into all my cameras) make this monopod very attractive. I ordered it from a favorite camera supplier (i.e., B&H) and would have had it today were it not for the flooding in and around NY/NJ.