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Old 10-06-2009, 17:48   #1 (permalink)
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We're buying the father in law a monopod for his birthday. Would it be better to buy one with a fixed head or one with a 3 way pan/tilt type head? I reckon he'll be using it mainly for wildlife and outdoor portraiture...
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Old 10-06-2009, 17:52   #2 (permalink)
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Re: monopods..

You don't really need a pan head - the monopod itself can turn! - but a tilting head is very useful.
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I never have/use either for a monopod.
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Re: monopods..

I've got a Manfrotto 234RC because it has a quick release plate (the same as my tripod) and it flips 90 degrees to quickly go to portrait orientation.

If you look around you could find them cheaper, but here it is for reference

Manfrotto 234RC Monopod Tilt Head with Quick Release (MN234RC) - Warehouse Express

I don't think any other type of head is worth having on a monopod.
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Re: monopods..

Thanks guys.. I've decided I'll get one with a tilt head.. dabs, I like him but not enough to get him a monopod AND a seperate manfrotto head!
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I use a monopod with a tilting head, very useful. I use a redsnapper which is solid, and extends high enough for me at well over 6ft standing or short enough for sitting down,

http://www.aldine.co.uk/redsnapper/t...-ballhead.html

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We're buying the father in law a monopod for his birthday. Would it be better to buy one with a fixed head or one with a 3 way pan/tilt type head? I reckon he'll be using it mainly for wildlife and outdoor portraiture...
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I have the Manfroto monopod..... quite a sturdy thing...
You dont need pan, but the tilt is essential, it takes some initial getting used to, but invaluable for places where Tripods are unwieldy....


Can I make a slight suggestion to all users...
One I use myself, as I have some minor mobility problems.
Find a "Bit of wood" sort of handle shaped, or shape it yourself, and screw in the bottom a grommet that takes the same thread as the mounting bolt...

Tighten up the tilt mechanism, and adjust to length...

This, effectively, turns it into a walking stick.
It also protects the mounting bolt from damage during transport.


If you are hillwalking to get shots, you have no idea how useful it makes it until you try... and it also helps that you dont have to strap it to camera bag or elsewhere to carry it.......

(PS... I will say nowt about places that dont like Mono-or Tri-pods... let them try rejecting a Walking stick for someone with mobility problems....heh heh heh...)
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On the same theme, you can get hiking sticks with a 1/4" BSW/UNC thread at the top, which double as monopods, but they're not all that common.
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