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Nov 27, 2012 07:27 |  #1

Need help deciding which monopod I should get it is between two models and the price difference is around $100, I mainly photography portraits, stock images and have found my hands to very unsteady, I do have nice tripod but sometimes its not feasible to bring it with me.

the two models are:
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …G&si=rev#pr-header-553781 (external link)

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …T_Traveler_6x_C​arbon.html (external link)


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Nov 27, 2012 09:06 |  #2

I went with an Induro monopod.
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …_Carbon_8X_CM_S​eries.html (external link)

If you run QR plates or L plates on your camera bodies or lenses, get a QR clamp for the head of the monopod, otherwise you'll have to remove the QR plates each time to use it and after once or twice of that, you'll stop using the monopod all together...


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Nov 27, 2012 09:22 |  #3

imagesbybarbara wrote in post #15294708 (external link)
Need help deciding which monopod I should get it is between two models and the price difference is around $100, I mainly photography portraits, stock images and have found my hands to very unsteady, I do have nice tripod but sometimes its not feasible to bring it with me.

the two models are:
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …G&si=rev#pr-header-553781 (external link)

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …T_Traveler_6x_C​arbon.html (external link)

Add up all the weight that's going to be piled on top of the monopod and make your decision from there. For portrait work, the second Gitzo is probably an overkill...



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Nov 27, 2012 09:45 |  #4

For the lenses you have I would go with the GM2541 over the 5561T, unless you plan
on getting a larger lens like the 400 F/2.8L or the 500L or 600L. The 2561T (external link) is also
a nice small compact Monopod that will hand your camera and lenses as well and
will tuck away nicely in your camera bag when not in use.

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Nov 27, 2012 11:34 |  #5

Thanks for the help, I should also say too that I may use the monopod to lean on as well...


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Nov 27, 2012 12:32 |  #6

imagesbybarbara wrote in post #15295561 (external link)
Thanks for the help, I should also say too that I may use the monopod to lean on as well...

Then you'd need to find out how much you weigh, as well... :)



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Nov 27, 2012 12:33 |  #7

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Then you'd need to find out how much you weigh, as well... :)

Ha ha I don't want to know that. :):lol:


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Nov 27, 2012 12:38 |  #8

I am very stupid when it comes to these things but on my camera I have the "L" bracket (I think it is called that) where you can flip the camera horizontal to vertical position. Now do I need to unscrew the ball head I use on the tripod and use on the monopod or is that overkill, also what head could I use the bracket with on the monopod.


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Nov 27, 2012 13:38 |  #9

You can get a QR clamp to match your L bracket and attach that directly to the monopod, or via a monopod-tilt head like the Really Right Stuff MH-01.

If you want to use the monopod as a trekking pole as well as a camera stabilizer, I'd suggest getting a solid brand with twist-locks (since they will give more uniform grip on the inner tube at each joint than would lever-action clamps). My Gitzo GM3551 is certainly solid enough to use as a trekking pole/brace in rocky terrain. I've used it that way in the Galapagos. There may be some less-expensive ones that would meet the bill, but I can speak from experience on this one.


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Nov 27, 2012 16:47 |  #10

I have the Gitzo GM2541 and it's more than enough for your needs, but it is so light that I would get it anyway! Though not recommended by Gitzo mine will handle my 600 F4 though it looks like a skinny stick on it! I put an arca type QR clamp on top of mine to aid quick mounting/dismounting of lenses and cameras.
The 3541 is great for anything up to a 300 F2.8 or similar, for larger lenses a bigger version inspires more confidence - though the 2541 will do the job.


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Nov 27, 2012 17:13 |  #11

John that is probably all that I need my largest lens is the 135 and I don't plan to get anything larger, but may use it on my 40 for extended reach.

Jon, is there a cheaper alternative for a QR to use with my L bracket and if I use the monopod without the QR will I have to take the L bracket off. I really love the "L" bracket and every time I use it around photographers they have to come and check it out. :)


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Nov 27, 2012 19:03 |  #12

All the RRS L plates I've seen are tapped for a 1/4"-20 screw so you could attach the monopod directly to it. And Adorama has an A-S QR clamp (external link) you could use. You could even attach it to a Manfrotto 234 which is the "poor man's" MH-01, although it may slip around on that under load.


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Nov 27, 2012 20:57 |  #13

Sirui looks very good




  
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Nov 28, 2012 06:49 |  #14

Jon wrote in post #15297389 (external link)
All the RRS L plates I've seen are tapped for a 1/4"-20 screw so you could attach the monopod directly to it. And Adorama has an A-S QR clamp (external link) you could use. You could even attach it to a Manfrotto 234 which is the "poor man's" MH-01, although it may slip around on that under load.

Sorry for being so stupid :) I may get a monopod head to go with the L Plate after all but I don't have any idea which one and would I need any special attachtment to use with my "L" bracket. The bracket I have I bought through the Markins company.

If you could point me in the right direction would be great!


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Nov 28, 2012 06:52 |  #15

What about this head is it any good? Kirk MPA-2 Monopod Head

also this cheap head.
Oben VH-R2 Tilt Head for Monopods


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