Which Monopod ?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by JerseyJay, Apr 19, 2005.

  1. 1. Which monopod are you using ?
    2. Which combo (mono+head) would you recommend ?

    etc.

    Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    I want the one that keeps me from waving back and forth. Do they make those.. LOLOL
     
  3. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    Jay,

    I use a Bogen / Manfrotto 579. It's aluminum and costs about $40 from B&H. It weighs 1 lb 4 oz. You can get a CF that weighs 1 lb 0 oz for only $220. 8)

    I also use the Manfrotto 3232 swivel head instead of a ballhead. You can read all about it here:

    http://www.reallyrightstuff.com/tutorials/monopods/index.html

    I use this with a Wimberley Sidekick. Read about it here:

    http://www.tripodhead.com/products/sidekick-main.cfm

    This set-up handles the D2H / 300 2.8 (with any TC) just fine. You can see some (crummy) shots of my set-up here:

    http://flew.smugmug.com/gallery/265428

    Hope this helps.

    Frank
     
  4. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Flew,

    Bring that with you to the next shoot and teach me how to use these darn things.

    PLEASE
     
  5. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    No prob Gale. It's in the back of the truck (which usually goes where the front goes....;-)).

    Frank
     
  6. Jay, I use the Manfrotto 676b monopod with the 3232 head.
     
  7. Anyone using CF? I'm looking for a smallish/light one for travel use. Any ideas?
     
  8. I use a Velbon UP-4000.

    Cheap as chips - about 20 quid - but light, strong and gets the job done.
     
  9. rbsmith

    rbsmith

    Apr 13, 2005
    Saltillo, Ms
    I just recieved the Feisol CF Monopod. I have not used it yet. But it is very light and appears to be very sturdy. I ordered the Bogen 3229 tilt head with quick release.
     
  10. debult

    debult

    120
    Jun 11, 2005
    The Netherlands
    Still working on the definive answer on this one....

    I use a mono pod with my 70-180 and 80-400VR when hiking for macro (with diopter) and deer. Much better than hand holding, More convenient than my Gitzo 1228, but still a (workable) compromise.

    The mono pod is of little use for me when using my 500 mm (with 1.5 crop factor) though (may be my technique), nothing beats the Gitzo 1325 here.

    I use a Velbon Sherpa pro CF-7, carbon , sturdy, has twist locks but in contrast to Gitzo mono pods you only need 1 hand to lock them due to a very convenient locking mechanism.
    I hate the Bogen/Manfrotto "flip" locks both for the noise they are causing and cause of pinched finger tips..
     
  11. I'm using a manfrotto 680B with a 484RC2 ball head.

    A bit on the heavy side, but very solid.
     
  12. avalanche161

    avalanche161

    30
    May 17, 2005
    Boston, MA
    Jay, I use the Feisol with the 3232 head----- The Feisol is hard to beat for value in CF and it's been great.
    ___________________________________
    Best Regards, Alan
     
  13. I use the Adorama Podmatic and the Monfrotto 3232. I bought the monopod from Lin here on the forum. It is the Adorama version of the Linhof Monomatic.

    Click Here
     
  14. I don't understand why folks would want to spend big bucks on what's basically a stick :roll:. Let's compare a cheapie and a carbon fiber monopod.

    The Manfrotto 676B supports 10 pounds, fold up to 18.9", extends to 60.6", weighs 14.9 oz., and sells for $33 at BH Photo.

    The Feisol CF monopod supports 15.4 pounds, fold up to 20.9", extends to 65.8", weighs 12.6 oz., and sells for around $90.

    Unless you're real tall, I don't see where the extra $57 buys you much.
     
  15. I'm with you Frank! My stickpod has so many scratches
    on it that if I did not know it was Manfrotto I would never
    know. Will I ever notice the difference between 1 lb.4oz and
    12oz? Probably not. Although I highly recommend the Manfrotto
    swivel head for the top.(3232)

    Save your money, take your significant other out for dinner!

    Cheers,
    Robin
     
  16. I use a Manfrotto 682b with detachable legs for added stability and a Manfrotto 484RC2 quick release ball head.
    It's a little on the heavy side but does give me stable platform

    Rich
     
  17. I use a Bogen/Manfrotto 684B Neotec monopod. http://www.adorama.com/BG684B.html
    I like that this monopod allows you to make one-handed height adjustments on the fly.

    My Markins M-10 ballhead usually sits on top of it.

    Glenn
     
  18. debult

    debult

    120
    Jun 11, 2005
    The Netherlands
    Uncle,

    Agree to disagree: have been using an cheap one for 10 years to my advantage, but now really like the Velbon: has twist locks I can operate with 1 hand.
     
  19. William

    William Guest

    Bogen 3249 monopod

    Including the Acratech ball head, total weight is c 2 lb 10 oz, 4 section monopod with cold-weather hand protection due to rubber-composite grip.

    I do not remember the price.. excellent stability for 200-500mm Tamron and 300 f/2.8 Nikkor.
     
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