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Old 10-06-2013, 19:32   #1 (permalink)
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hi any advice for a monopod and head, for a canon7d + 500f4 canon lens , find out i do more walking and a tripod gets a bit in the way keep unscrewing the legs and taking it down getting a bit of a bind
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Old 10-06-2013, 19:43   #2 (permalink)
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Re: monopod and head

I bought a cheap one recently though I have a decent tripod. I use the tripod with my SLR gear but bought the monopod to use with a bridge camera recently purchased. Not much point in having a light weight camera if I have to carry a tripod round. I have used the monopod only once so far and found that it was more effective that I thought it would be. I now wish that I had spent a little more and bought at least a taller version. Although I am not in a position to recommend a specific model, please consider a monopod more seriously than I did as I am convinced the right monopod can be a very useful addition.
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Re: monopod and head

It is all about personal preferences. I prefer clips to twist lock screws to lock the legs as they are quicker, and four sections as they close up smaller. I use a Velbon UP-4000 with a Manfrotto 234 RC2 head to enable fast switching between landscape and portrait orientation.

I know that most long lenses have a tripod collar that will also enable this, but I prefer to put the wear and tear on the head rather than the lens. It is also handy if using a camera and lens combination that does not have a tripod collar on the lens.
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Re: monopod and head

Not the lightest by any means, but it handles my big lenses, I use a Manfrotto 679b with a Manfrotto 484 head
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Re: monopod and head

Like Jake I use the 494 RC2 head (newer version of the 484 with friction control and Manfrotto plate). I found the 234 too limiting in that I couldn't change angle easily, not just landscape to portrait but aiming up and down.

The monopod I use is a Magic Monopod from Cullman. It is light, sturdy and very compact (50cm / 19.5" closed with head mounted) with 5 sections that fits comfortably inside my backpack. It is a twist lock system, which I'm not normally comfortable with, preferring clips, but I wanted compact and the clips add to the bulk packing it into a rucksack. Clips also get in the way when packing and withdrawing the monopod. The magic in the name of the monopod refers to the twistlock mechanism that allows you to quickly lock all sections at once in one small twist. For its price it is fairly effective and supports the 3Kg+ of glass and camera that I put on it. The combination of head and monopod fully extended is good to eye level for a 6footer standing straight, with a pro-size DSLR (quite important if you are tall).

Another model that you might find interesting if you are after speed and not too bothered about compact size or money is the Manfrotto Neotec 685B - release and set up with your foot. I was quite impressed with this but it was too large to pack away into the rucksack.
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Re: monopod and head

+1 for Dabhands suggestion the 234RC head is great on even a fairly lightweight monopod.

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I use a Slick MTA (magnesium, titanium, aluminium), not the lightest but it has a good head on it and a sponge grip for the cold weather. It supports my 1Ds3 and 100 400 and will go up to let a 6 footer use it with ease.
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Re: monopod and head

I use a Manfrotto, not sure which model.
If you are going to use the mono-pod specifically with the 500f4 I would screw it directly into the tripod collar to increase stability.
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