I'm trying to decide whether a monopod would be a useful thing to have. I did a search of monopod threads, and didn't find any recent ones that discussed if they are all that useful anymore (though several on which ones to choose). So, I thought I'd ask anew... While I suppose it could be useful for wildlife photography (which would be my primary use), I've not bought one for three reasons. First, I didn't have any lenses too big to use hand-held. Second, I've been dubious that I would find it all that useful, occupying a small situational niche between my tripod and IBIS. I love my tripod, and don't mind using it for when extra stabilization is needed or for travel shots of my wife and I. I've even carried it around with the camera attached, like some long civil war musket on my shoulder, for expedience. In most situations, I've felt I can rely on IBIS. Lastly, the few times I have used a monopod (primarily bird photography, and quite a while ago) I found it a nuisance - mainly because I was often having to aim up and ended up lifting the camera, monopod and all. But, more recent situations are causing me to reconsider. The Canon lens/tc combination I bought this year almost reaches 900mm equivalence, and maybe super telephoto reach should factor more, even though I can handle the weight? Secondly, my wife has developed a wrist problem and shooting (not holding) a camera seems to aggravate it. I'm not sure, but maybe a monopod would make it easier for her (won't know til we try it). Lastly, birds aren't the only wildlife I want to shoot. I'd love to shoot more land animals, I haven't tried a monopod for macro, and there is the occasional garden or dark building that doesn't allow tripods... So, my question is, do you all think that if I don't mind carrying my tripod if need be, and with IBIS being so good, is there a big enough space in between for a monopod to be useful anymore? My wife may or (more likely) may not like lugging one around, so even though she is a factor, I can't make the decision based on her wrist problem alone.