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Do you use a tilt/swivel head on your monopod?

 
skilsaw
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Feb 18, 2014 01:48 |  #1

I'm thinking of getting a monopod to use when I'm photographing sports with a
70-200mm zoom.
Do you use a monopod when photographing sports?
Do you use a tilt/swivel head on your monopod?

What model and brand do you recommend?




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Feb 18, 2014 02:14 |  #2

skilsaw wrote in post #16698174external link
I'm thinking of getting a monopod to use when I'm photographing sports with a
70-200mm zoom.
Do you use a monopod when photographing sports?
Do you use a tilt/swivel head on your monopod?

What model and brand do you recommend?

Hi Skilsaw, I use a Manfrotto Compact MMC3-01 which came with a tilt head.

I my opinion this type of adjustment is all you need, although you will get many views to the contrary. I have never used other makes of monopod so can't comment of the value of one model over another.

The reason I don't use a swivel head is that, guess what, the monopod swivels! How amazing is that?

The reason I don't use a ball head with a monopod is that to make use of it you would need three hands to get the adjustments right. Again, you will get many views that disagree with my view - but, hey, I did say that this was only my opinion.

The great thing about monopods is that you can tilt and swivel them in all directions. Using a tilt head on top allows you to get the camera level (or at a specific angle) again.


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Shane ­ W
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Feb 18, 2014 07:01 |  #3

I don't shoot sports much but I do own and use my monopod. It's a 20 year old Manfrotto 3 section. I added a Manfrotto 234 tilt head WITHOUT the OEM QR. These are getting hard to find since they were discontinued. I then added an Acra Swiss clamp from eBay ($18 shipped!) to work with my camera and lens plates. I use it with my 70-200 and Sigma 150-500. It pretty much goes everywhere with me.


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Feb 18, 2014 07:16 |  #4

I use the original RC2 head came off my Manfrotto 055 tripod. I found with motorsports that I often had limited room and could not simply move the monopod foot around to get the compositions I wanted, so the addition of a swivel/tilt head was a godsend.

Also, unlike the tripod, it does not need to be an expensive head. The odd sags are never noticed.


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Scott ­ M
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Feb 18, 2014 07:24 |  #5

I have a Manfrotto monopod tilt head with a Kirk quick release (Arca Swiss compatible) attached to my Induro CF monopod. B&H used to sell them together as a kit -- not sure if they still do. The quick release allows me to use the same QR plate that is always attached to my 100-400L. I use the monopod primarily for wildlife shooting where taking a tripod is not practical.


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Feb 18, 2014 07:40 |  #6

I don't use my monopod anymore, but I had a Bogen 3232 tilt head with an old Kirk clamp (Arca-Swiss compatible). Cheap, but it worked. The only flaw is no tension control on the Bogen. It locks solidly though. I think these heads are still available for $20 (USD) or so.


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Feb 18, 2014 07:48 as a reply to sawsedge's post |  #7

I use the Really Right Stuff MH-01external link, and find the tilt very handy. I shoot a lot of birds, and often they're up in trees. The tilt makes it easier than having to hoist the monopod up in the air to get a shot when just leaning the pod isn't giving me enough tilt. The big adjustment knob is awesome.


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Feb 18, 2014 10:39 |  #8

Nope - i just screw it straight into the foot on the lens.

I dont typically use my monopod for a 70-200 though, just to support the weight of the big guns, 4002.8 etc


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Feb 18, 2014 10:51 |  #9

Echo63 wrote in post #16698912external link
Nope - i just screw it straight into the foot on the lens.

I dont typically use my monopod for a 70-200 though, just to support the weight of the big guns, 4002.8 etc

Same here


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Feb 18, 2014 12:16 |  #10

Wallace River wrote in post #16698566external link
I use the Really Right Stuff MH-01external link, and find the tilt very handy. I shoot a lot of birds, and often they're up in trees. The tilt makes it easier than having to hoist the monopod up in the air to get a shot when just leaning the pod isn't giving me enough tilt. The big adjustment knob is awesome.

Another vote for the MH-01... I can adjust the friction control to follow the subject.


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Feb 18, 2014 12:30 |  #11

I went with a Sirui L-10 on a Sirui P-326 monopod.

I leave the tripod collar loose, and the tilt head just loose, and have a very 'gimbal-like' pivot.

I use this setup with my 400 for birds.

Works for me.


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Feb 18, 2014 12:49 |  #12

I used a Manfrotto 234RC (actually its predecessor) until I converted over to Arca Swiss plates, now using a 234 in combo with a Wimberley C-10 (now C-12) QR clamp.

It's important to understand whether you have the f4 without tripod mount ring or the 2.8 or 4 with a ring. With a tripod mount ring the clamp can be aligned to allow tilt, ie up/down (forward/back) vs flopping it over to shoot verticals without the ring (ie monopod clamp at camera body).

There are more "elegant" solutions....but they also cost a fair amount more!




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Feb 18, 2014 15:35 |  #13

Thanks for the quick replies.
Score 9 to 2 in favour of using a monopod.
Lots of variety of tilt heads available.

I think I'll get a head that uses the same quick release plate as my tripod. Saves the problem of arriving at an event and finding out I don't have a compatible linkage.

Thanks again.




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Feb 19, 2014 00:35 |  #14

I use a tilt head, love having it.


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Feb 19, 2014 01:02 |  #15

I use a tilt head on my Manfrotto monopod so I don't have to lean the pod at weird angles to get the shot.


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