Monopod advice

Discussion in 'Other Cool Gear, Camera Bags, Camera Straps' started by gt6jim, Apr 12, 2007.

  1. gt6jim

    gt6jim

    85
    Feb 15, 2007
    Worcester, UK
    I'm looking at the Manfrotto 679 Mono as a cheap, light alternative to my tripod when I'm O&A.

    Does anyone like/dislike this mono?

    Do I need a seperate head too? or does the camera bolt straight on?

    Input appreciated :cool:
     
  2. Kirk makes a QR head for monopods I believe. At least that is where I got the one I use.
     
  3. fks

    fks

    Apr 30, 2005
    sf bay area
    hi jim-

    it's a solid monopod, but a bit on the heavy side. i haven't had any problems with mine, and i've used it to carry a 300mm f/2.8MF and D2H.

    your camera or lenses will mount directly to the tripod (it takes both 3/8" and 1/4"). for a little more flexibility, you might want to get a 3232 head for a little more flexibility (check out http://www.reallyrightstuff.com/tutorials/monopods/index.html).

    ricky
     
  4. Mounting the camera/lens directly to the top will cause lots of headaches (and back aches!). A two degree of freedom mini head is best. A ball head will tend to flop all over; it gives you too many degrees of freedom.

    Rich
     
  5. jaymc

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  6. gt6jim

    gt6jim

    85
    Feb 15, 2007
    Worcester, UK
    Thanks for the advice,

    I've found the 234 and 234RC.
    The Bogen 3232 looks almost identical to them?!?

    I calculate about 800 grammes for the whole monopod and head, which isn't too bad for £60/$120 - especially as my Tripod comes it at over 4Kg!!
     
  7. I like the Manfrotto 685B Neotec ... automatic, tall, strong, and very versatile. I use a 3232 or 3229 (I forget which) tilt-swivel head with a Wimberley C-10 clamp attached to it.
     
  8. I use the bogen 682B with the swivel head it came with. many people use that along with the QR plate from RRS or Kirk.
     
  9. fks

    fks

    Apr 30, 2005
    sf bay area
    hi jim-

    yup, looks like the same thing, but i can't find a bogen-to-manfrotto translator :biggrin:

    ricky

     
  10. gt6jim

    gt6jim

    85
    Feb 15, 2007
    Worcester, UK
    Me thinks me could have a Nikon/Fujifilm situation here :wink:

    Cheers, Jim
     
  11. I use a Manfrotto 681, which slightly heavier duty than the 679. I wouldn't be without it, particularly with my 300mm f/4. I strongly recommend the Manfrotto tilting head 234 (or 234RC with quick release) which is easy to use and works very well.

    Alan
     
  12. Good choice - I use the 680B with the 234RC and a few luggage straps tied round it (for tying onto railings, lamp-posts etc). Spent 2 weeks in the USA with it this month instead of taking my tripod. I reckon I only missed 2 shots (out of 800) through lack of support.
     
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