druidcent wrote:What about a monopod? are those worthwhile to carry on a hike or something?
I think that depends on when you're hiking and what you're shooting; typically, you'll have enough light to shoot handheld, and with every ounce and inch of bulk counting, you'd probably just pick one or two stabilized lenses and call it done.
That's why I like my 15-85mm; for a cheaper zoom, it's wide, long, sharp, and stabilized, and plenty fast outdoors. If I were shooting the 50/1.8? Well, either takes some care or some manual stabilization. My 24/2.8 IS, though, is amazing handheld (and in video), gorgeous lens.