If you touch an aluminum leg on a cold day without gloves and then touch a carbon fiber leg the same way, you will instantly know the difference. CF doesn't conduct cold (and heat) as well as aluminum. My beer cans are usually aluminum; I have never seen a carbon fiber beer can.Rick what do you mean by "more forgiving in the cold"?
The RRS MC-34 will be my next purchase - I already have a MH01 head. I have a heavy aluminum monopod I rarely use due to its weight. As I've gotten older I need something to support my heavy camera-lens-large flash combination during longer shoots. My old monopod would work, but adds too much weight to an already too heavy rig. I was a lever clamp guy until I got a RRS tripod - now I'm a twist lock guy.I have the RRS MC-34 with MH02-Pro head, I only know what it is because I saw someone on FM is selling one just like it. I've never used it, it's enjoyed an easy life in a closet since I removed the two pieces from their boxes and put them together. It appears pretty sturdy and is very light, looks much heavier than it feels. I've just never gotten into monopods, maybe someday.
+1 for that.I've been very happy with Feisol Carbon Fiber CM-1471.
I've been very happy with Feisol Carbon Fiber CM-1471
You've convinced me--I'm getting one (I'm due a retirement present in 32 days ) and my lever-based Manfrotto aluminum monster has never been fun to use (but I do use it).+1 for that.
That's an interesting note -- I had a Manfrotto CF with levers, and was worried that the twist-lock would be slower and awkward. But the Manfrotto started rusting, the clasp hardware, and I wrote to them noting "I thought this was stainless". They said "no, we do not use stainless". Which on a higher end monopod seemed rather silly, especially on the parts that get stuck down in the mud.You've convinced me--I'm getting one (I'm due a retirement present in 32 days ) and my lever-based Manfrotto aluminum monster has never been fun to use (but I do use it).
Ah.I use a Gitzo CF tripod with twist locks, so I'm used to them. The levers are particularly painful to use in winter!