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lightweight travel monopod options that aren't super expensive?

 
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May 10, 2012 12:12 |  #1

hello all.

I love my Manfrotto 680B monopod + 496RC2 head combo. Does the job perfectly and is pretty much bombproof, but weighs in at a hefty 1.2kg!!!! I'm going on a several month long backpacking trip, and I'm looking to grab a lighter setup. Unfortunately I don't have the cash to drop on a nice Gitzo CF monopod, so I'm wondering if anybody out there has any suggestions on some setups I might be able to look into to shave some weight that won't cost an arm and a leg.

Anybody know what the smallest ball head i could chuck on there to hold onto a 5dmkii + 70-200/2.8 (doesn't need to hold without slipping as it won't just be hanging off there like it would be on a tripod)? Any suggestions on other monopod options?

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May 10, 2012 12:36 |  #2

I don't use a monopod much, so I went for an inexpensive Rocketfish carbon fiber monopod.

there's a new one on ebay for $45.

http://www.ebay.com …ipods&hash=item​43af6bdf2e (external link)

it weighs 1.82 lb, lbs = 0.825kg


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May 10, 2012 12:39 |  #3

oops, just saw you are UK, so the listing I linked probably wouldn't do you any good :oops:


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May 12, 2012 08:30 |  #4

After some looking around I'm thinking of picking up a SIRUI P-326 (external link) and a manfrotto 494RC2 (or a used 484).

Anybody have any experience with the Sirui monopod? Seems to get good reviews on BH, but other than that I haven't come across much info about it on the interwebs ...




  
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May 13, 2012 06:02 |  #5

Sorry, can't really help with the monopod, except to say that the Sirui looks pretty nice. But I, and several others, aren't keen on a ballhead on a monopod (too many degrees of freedom - too floppy). For the 70-200 f2.8 the Manfrotto 234RC2 tilt-head would be easier to use and cheaper. And it should cope OK with the weight.


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May 13, 2012 07:37 |  #6

Look at the Feisol monopods. They have a UK base, and are very well made for the money.


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May 13, 2012 09:13 |  #7

I bought a cheap one to throw around and carry with me a walmart for 15 bucks..


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May 13, 2012 09:27 |  #8

japanbran wrote in post #14424425 (external link)
I bought a cheap one to throw around and carry with me a walmart for 15 bucks..

And how stable do you think that one is? You can get only two of these three things in a tripod: low weight, low expense, high stability. I hope yours is very heavy.


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May 13, 2012 09:32 |  #9

Have you considered a Trekking Pole/Monopod combination? I have no experience but there are various ones advertised. Just google.


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May 24, 2012 08:01 as a reply to  @ Narwhal's post |  #10

I just picked up a Burton monopod from REI
http://www.rei.com …ct/728693/brunt​on-monopod (external link)

Was able to put a fair bit of weight on it and it didn't collapse, plan to use it with 7d & my 70-200 on the trail.


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May 24, 2012 10:04 |  #11

scathontiphat wrote in post #14420300 (external link)
After some looking around I'm thinking of picking up a SIRUI P-326 (external link) and a manfrotto 494RC2 (or a used 484).

Anybody have any experience with the Sirui monopod? Seems to get good reviews on BH, but other than that I haven't come across much info about it on the interwebs ...

Dear SCATHONTIPHAT,

A Sirui P-326 monopod product review here:
https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1139696

This stuff is always a personal preference - but (given your stated criteria of: lightweight & inexpensive) I’d forget the head and if you’re a Manfrotto fan then just travel light & compact and attach either this…

Manfrotto 323RC2 System Quick Release Adapter with 200PL-14 Plate [Mfr# 323]:
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …323_RC2_System_​Quick.html (external link)

or this…
Manfrotto 394 Low Profile Quick Release Adapter with 410PL Plate [Mfr# 394]:
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …94_Low_Profile_​Quick.html (external link)


I think you would find this a contentable & effective solution that meets your preference criteria. Good luck and have fun on your trip! (getting out of town before the masses of people arrive for the summer Olympics, right)

Mary

P.S. After a while in the field now - I can, happily & with confidence, report my Sirui P-326 monopod is holding up excellently and I like the feel (very precise/stable)!


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