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Jan 08, 2011 01:09 |  #1

how do I choose the right monopod ?

there are so many models in the market now that it is bewildering to me.


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Jan 08, 2011 01:15 |  #2

The same with any photography gear--research. You look at what you need for your needs and not more, unless you don't mind paying extra. I almost never take my tripod anywhere outside of my street, so it's heavy and very nice. If you travel a lot then I'd get the lightest thing you can get while maintaining whatever it is you need (vibration reduction, etc. etc.).


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Jan 08, 2011 03:55 |  #3

By looking at the weight bearing capacity of the various models and matching that to the equipment you want to use, remember to take into account the head if you intend using one.

Monopods with a smaller number of leg sections are steadier and CF monopods absorb vibrations better than aluminum versions.


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Jan 08, 2011 04:03 |  #4

Take the heavyest body/lens combo, then look for the monopod that supports that weight. Take it from there. Good luck with the search.. The amount of 'pods available are plenty. ;)


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Jan 08, 2011 10:51 |  #5

lannes wrote in post #11597155 (external link)
By looking at the weight bearing capacity of the various models and matching that to the equipment you want to use, remember to take into account the head if you intend using one.

Monopods with a smaller number of leg sections are steadier and CF monopods absorb vibrations better than aluminum versions.

thanks for your tips.


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Jan 08, 2011 11:09 |  #6

Easy. Get a Gitzo :)


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Jan 09, 2011 02:30 as a reply to  @ smorter's post |  #7

Make sure that the fully extended height allows you to look through the viewfinder while you're standing upright, ensure that the weight rating of the monopod equals or exceeds the weight of your heaviest camera/lens/flash (planned future purchases included) combination. Carbon fibre is generally lighter & absorbs vibrations better than aluminium, in any given brand, if you can afford it. Get the best brand that fits your budget (Google helps here, with sorting the good from the bad brands), remembering that generally you get what you pay for. Allow for the cost of a tilt only monopod head, such as the Manfrotto 234RC. The more sections that the monopod has the shorter it will be to transport, but more sections means less rigidity & more clamps to fail.

Unfortunately, it is difficult to know about the long term reliability of different brands. I bought a Benro (Induro) CF monopod, which worked really well for about a year. One day one section came right out while I was extending it. The nylon clamping ring had simply perished & broke into bits, very poor design. A friend also bought the same monopod at the same time & her's failed in exactly the same way a few weeks after mine. Benro didn't want to know about our problems (in Australia), never bothered to reply to emails. The Benro units look similar to Gitzo models, but the difference lies where you can't see it! I would recommend that you stick with Manfrotto or Gitzo, if you can afford them, they should last a lifetime.

Sorry for the long post, hope this helps.

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Jan 09, 2011 05:17 |  #8

hodown55 wrote in post #11602739 (external link)
Make sure that the fully extended height allows you to look through the viewfinder while you're standing upright, ensure that the weight rating of the monopod equals or exceeds the weight of your heaviest camera/lens/flash (planned future purchases included) combination. Carbon fibre is generally lighter & absorbs vibrations better than aluminium, in any given brand, if you can afford it. Get the best brand that fits your budget (Google helps here, with sorting the good from the bad brands), remembering that generally you get what you pay for. Allow for the cost of a tilt only monopod head, such as the Manfrotto 234RC. The more sections that the monopod has the shorter it will be to transport, but more sections means less rigidity & more clamps to fail.

Unfortunately, it is difficult to know about the long term reliability of different brands. I bought a Benro (Induro) CF monopod, which worked really well for about a year. One day one section came right out while I was extending it. The nylon clamping ring had simply perished & broke into bits, very poor design. A friend also bought the same monopod at the same time & her's failed in exactly the same way a few weeks after mine. Benro didn't want to know about our problems (in Australia), never bothered to reply to emails. The Benro units look similar to Gitzo models, but the difference lies where you can't see it! I would recommend that you stick with Manfrotto or Gitzo, if you can afford them, they should last a lifetime.

Sorry for the long post, hope this helps.

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thank you for your in depth tip about different brands.

What do you think of this Enduro model?
http://www.vistek.ca …24-carbon-8x-monopod.aspx (external link)


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Jan 09, 2011 07:52 |  #9

I have a little different take on monopods. I use the monopod quite frequently to support my heaviest setup 1D + 100-400. Instead of buying a gigantic monopod, I bought the Gitzo Traveler. Instead of deploying all of the sections and ending up with a monopod that is too short and wobbly, I deploy only the first 3 sections and have it terminate in a monopod holder on my belt. It gives me all of the benefits I need and is only 14 inches long! Gitzo GM2561T


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Jan 09, 2011 08:58 |  #10

They are all the same. Get one with the leg clamping style you like and go shooting.


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Jan 09, 2011 14:55 |  #11

picard wrote in post #11603081 (external link)
thank you for your in depth tip about different brands.

What do you think of this Enduro model?
http://www.vistek.ca …24-carbon-8x-monopod.aspx (external link)

Induro & Benro are the same brand, just different names, so after my experience I couldn't really recommend this brand. I have used Slik tripods with my very heavy Sigmonster lens (weighs about 13 lbs) & have been very happy with the quality & I've heard good things about Feisol monopods from friends, perhaps you could look at their range?

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Jan 09, 2011 20:58 |  #12

picard wrote in post #11603081 (external link)
thank you for your in depth tip about different brands.

What do you think of this Enduro model?
http://www.vistek.ca …24-carbon-8x-monopod.aspx (external link)

If you want CF, the Slik Pro Pod 382 is the best value, in weight capacity and carrying weight/compact size.

http://www.amazon.com …TF8&qid=1294628​147&sr=8-7 (external link)

It extends a fair way, not that you would use it fully extended if you could avoid it.

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Jan 09, 2011 21:21 |  #13

Put whatever head you like on the top, but don't try to be super-cheap.
Yes, it's really just an extendable stick, but a monopod is only as good as the materials it's made of.
Slik, Manfrotto, Benbo, Gitzo, Flashpoint, Amvona and many others offer a great product.

Look at all of them before deciding on any one; only your budget and requirements will ultimately decide it for you. I have a Manfrotto aluminum monopod that I'm very happy with, but your own requirements may not match mine.


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Jan 10, 2011 02:09 |  #14

lannes wrote in post #11607612 (external link)
If you want CF, the Slik Pro Pod 382 is the best value, in weight capacity and carrying weight/compact size.

http://www.amazon.com …TF8&qid=1294628​147&sr=8-7 (external link)

It extends a fair way, not that you would use it fully extended if you could avoid it.

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thank you for the amazon link. I will check it out.


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