Monopod Head For Sports Shooting?

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I bought a tilt head that is a cheap Chinese knock off of the Manfrotto version. It has double the capacity of Manfrotto's advertised capacity. Unfortunatley, it is not available anymore. I prefer the tilt heads over the ball head because I am essentially limited on a front to back movement.
 
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I find it interesting that on the bottom of the page appear ads for tilt heads and monopods. Subscribing members probably do not see them. ;)
 
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I do have a tilt head but an unusual choice (which actually works surprisingly well if you are shooting for an extended period with a heavy lens/camera rig from a small outboard-motored boat) is a Wimberley Gimbal on a short monopod.
The use of a lens collar with a gimbal (so that you mount the lens to get perfect balance) works well on dry land as well and makes handling really heavy equipment much less strenuous.
 
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i have a monostat monopad with a flexible foot, so thats the one thing.

the other thing i am using sometimes is a small and light gimbal head on the monopod,
like a wimberley but the Weight is only 770 gramm (12lb) and
it works fine for me (birds in flight and sometimes horse jumping)

it is this one:
Jobu DesignBWG-J3K Jobu Jr.3 Gimbal Kit with Swing-Arm HM-J2

here are some pics from it, i use the combo often with the D500+500PF VR, but it also works with my 400/2.8E (only tested with the big prime but it works)
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When even slightly loosened with a heavy lens, a ball head allows movement in any direction. A monopod head designed for heavier lenses only allows for forward and back motion.....horizontal adjustment is by turning the monopod. Randy, I and others have experienced this. A gimbal head is also a great solution.
 
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When even slightly loosened with a heavy lens, a ball head allows movement in any direction. A monopod head designed for heavier lenses only allows for forward and back motion.....horizontal adjustment is by turning the monopod. Randy, I and others have experienced this. A gimbal head is also a great solution.
Hmmm....
Lot's of good suggestions in this thread...THANKS FOLKS!!!
 
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When even slightly loosened with a heavy lens, a ball head allows movement in any direction. A monopod head designed for heavier lenses only allows for forward and back motion.....horizontal adjustment is by turning the monopod. Randy, I and others have experienced this. A gimbal head is also a great solution.
+1
A gimbal on a monopod can be difficult to manage
 
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+1
A gimbal on a monopod can be difficult to manage
Yes you are right, but for every solution is one thing necessary: praktice praktice, practice ;)


i don`t like ball heads in anyway, so i would prefer on a monopod:
a. nothing (direct on the monopod) or a one way solution, like the kirk MPA-2 or the Sirui L-10 or when you are plannning to do often moving subjects, a little gimbal.

but that is only my solution. perhaps you may have a look on this youtube video from steve perry:

 

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