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First Monopod..Which head??

 
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May 03, 2012 14:55 |  #1

Without a long story heres a rundown on why I need it.

Photograph Sports, never had a monopod before. Not sure what kind of head(would imagine something cheapER(manfrotto is my selection) that supports more weight. I own a Gripped 5d2(primary) & a 50D. I also match up my 70-200 2.8 IS II to it so it'd have to support about 12-15 lb. I don't see myself owning a 500mm but I do happen to find myself researching the 400mm 5.6 a lot more for my sports. Is this combination good??

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Both for about $140...I know I shouldn't skimp out on the stuff, but with my experience of Manfrotto, even that will do a glorious job. If you, sports photographers or mono pod users, have any other suggestions, please do not hesitate to mention them! All help is greatly appreciated.


I am looking to pick this up within the next couple of days!

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May 03, 2012 15:08 |  #2

If all you're going to do with the monopod is stand vertically behind a vertically oriented monopod and always using a lens that has a tripod ring on it, you don't need ANY sort of head on the monopod.

On the other hand, if you use a monopod like I do - all sorts of positions and angles for me and the monopod - then a ball head would be in order. In between, there are one-axis heads that some folks use on monopods.


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May 03, 2012 15:33 |  #3

I love the Really Right Stuff monopod head (MH-02 Pro with indexing pro clamp); it's a pleasure to use and more suited to a monopod than a ballhead. The clamp can quickly and tool-lessly be turned 90 degrees for mounting telephoto lenses, or for mounting the camera with shorter lenses. Expensive, yes, but it's the perfect monopod set-up. I got the whole RRS monopod setup and it's fantastic.


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May 03, 2012 15:52 as a reply to  @ David Arbogast's post |  #4

I use Vangard SBH-50 for both my light weight tripod and monopod. I had the same considerations you did when I went to my local camera shop. I had something in mind and came out cheaper with better support (on the tripod).


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May 03, 2012 15:53 as a reply to  @ David Arbogast's post |  #5

I can vouch for the sturdiness of that monopod but i hardly ever use it TBH. No reason why but I've never got on with them in general


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May 03, 2012 16:00 |  #6

Consider this: Manfrotto 234 Monopod Tilt Head

http://www.amazon.com …TF8&qid=1336078​731&sr=8-3 (external link)


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May 04, 2012 07:46 |  #7

David Arbogast wrote in post #14374543 (external link)
I love the Really Right Stuff monopod head); it's a pleasure to use and more suited to a monopod than a ballhead.

That's what I use, but with a B2Pro and L clamp setup, and I've never had one complaint. It serves every function I need for a head on a monopod. I bought mine used and some some coin.

You could just screw your gear straight to the monopod, but sometimes it's better to be able to tilt your gear and have your monopod at angles.


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May 04, 2012 08:06 |  #8

There is no need for a ball head. The mono-pod you chose is just fine

I use the Manfrotto 234RC Quick release one axis head. It is less expensive than the one mentioned by PG1. And also hs the Quick Release plate.

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …Swivel_Tilt_Hea​d_for.html (external link)


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May 04, 2012 08:55 |  #9

IMO a single axis "head" is all you should need, for all other needs a tripod serves you better. Unlike a tripod you can tilt a monopod for most shots


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May 04, 2012 09:14 |  #10

Joe Ravenstein wrote in post #14378189 (external link)
IMO a single axis "head" is all you should need, for all other needs a tripod serves you better. Unlike a tripod you can tilt a monopod for most shots

That's only true if your lens has a tripod mounting ring. If you have, say, the 70-300 and want to shoot in portrait orientation more than 15 or so degrees off the horizontal you'll find a ball head (or an L plate) would be more helpful.


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May 04, 2012 09:25 |  #11

Jon wrote in post #14378276 (external link)
That's only true if your lens has a tripod mounting ring. If you have, say, the 70-300 and want to shoot in portrait orientation more than 15 or so degrees off the horizontal you'll find a ball head (or an L plate) would be more helpful.

This is true...

I recommended the one axis head based on my experience with my telephoto lenses which all have mounting rings.

I don't use the mono-pod very much with shorter focal length lenses.


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May 04, 2012 11:59 |  #12

David Arbogast wrote in post #14374543 (external link)
I love the Really Right Stuff monopod head (MH-02 Pro with indexing pro clamp); it's a pleasure to use and more suited to a monopod than a ballhead. The clamp can quickly and tool-lessly be turned 90 degrees for mounting telephoto lenses, or for mounting the camera with shorter lenses. Expensive, yes, but it's the perfect monopod set-up. I got the whole RRS monopod setup and it's fantastic.

Second. Love this head. Expensive, but you'll never have to use another type of head. Lifetime use.


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May 04, 2012 19:04 as a reply to  @ tvphotog's post |  #13

i'd also say with the gear you have now you don't need a head for a monopod. I shoot lots of sports with the same bodies you have and a 70-200, 300 and a 1.4tc that I use with both and as long as your lenses have a ring you're good to go without.


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May 05, 2012 10:52 as a reply to  @ bpalermini's post |  #14

PG1 wrote in post #14374682 (external link)
Consider this: Manfrotto 234 Monopod Tilt Head

http://www.amazon.com …TF8&qid=1336078​731&sr=8-3 (external link)

This is the tilt head I have. I would recommend something similar.


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May 05, 2012 12:01 |  #15

Just and A/S clamp on mine.


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