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Looking for a twist-lock monopod under 20" folded

 
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Jan 28, 2013 22:33 |  #1

Interested in carbon fiber for cold weather handling, not so much weight savings. I understand aluminum monopods will generally have the foam grip, but I want c/f. But suggestions for aluminum monpods are also welcome.

Must be twist-lock. Don't really care how many sections it has (just want the folded length in the 16"-20" range). I'll be using the rig primarily to support my Rolleiflex 2.8E with a Rolleifix.

Not looking to spend on a Gitzo as it won't see frequent use to justify the cost.

So far I've come up with this:

Induro (aluminum)
http://www.amazon.com …HHR&coliid=I3NB​JGQITISS2D (external link)

Sirui 6-section (c/f)
http://www.amazon.com …=8-1&keywords=Sirui+P-326 (external link)

Oben 5-section (c/f)
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …Section_Carbon_​Fiber.html (external link)

Oben 4-section (c/f)
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …Section_Carbon_​Fiber.html (external link)


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Jan 29, 2013 17:52 |  #2

Leaning towards the Sirui. Any other suggestions?


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Jan 29, 2013 21:51 |  #3

Im happy with my Sirui CF monopod... ( I have that same model you listed above )


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Jan 29, 2013 22:05 |  #4

Induro CM34 is 20.3" folded. I have one and like it a lot.


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Jan 29, 2013 22:20 |  #5

bpalermini wrote in post #15550475 (external link)
Induro CM34 is 20.3" folded. I have one and like it a lot.

That one was up for sale today, but maybe gone by now, it was a good deal.

However, I have a Sirui 4 section monopod and love it. But longer than 20 inches.


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Jan 31, 2013 22:24 as a reply to  @ jbrackjr's post |  #6

I have the Sirui and I like it a lot. However, it's the first monopod I've had, so I can't compare to anything else. Nice height (I'm 6ft) and surprisingly easy/quick to open all 6 sections. Seems stable to me and certainly light.

If I had one wish it would be that the sections would take only 1/8 of a turn to tighten and loosen, rather than the 1/4 turn. But they lock really solidly.


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Feb 01, 2013 08:48 as a reply to  @ ejenner's post |  #7

I use a Jobu Design CF monopod and it's 19.5" collapsed so it just squeaks under your limit. It's $129 at Adorama/BH/Amazon which I think is a reasonable price. It comes with a dust bag (won't fit with a head mounted on the monopod though) and the foot is a 2-in-1 design where there is a spike foot in the middle and the rubber foot screws up and down to hide or expose the spike. Overall the quality is very good.

http://www.jobu-design.com …/item/2593851/7​236362.htm (external link)


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Feb 01, 2013 12:16 as a reply to  @ yourdoinitwrong's post |  #8

I have ordered the Sirui P-326, Waiting to get it next week.


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Mar 15, 2013 23:00 |  #9

I ended up with the P-326 with Sunwayfoto arca-swiss clamp and plate. Solid!


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Mar 16, 2013 05:13 |  #10

Yeah, I know you said you don't want to spend the money for a Gitzo. But just let me say this: I am an amateur photographer, and I only use a tripod a couple of times a year. When I was looking to upgrade to a better tripod my two primary considerations were size and weight. I considered some of the less expensive tripods, but in the end bought a Gitzo 1541T and have never regretted it. This thing is incredibly light and unbelievably sturdy, even with a 400 f5.6 hung on it. I can extend it fully, grab the center post and twist, and it doesn't flex in the slightest. I would buy one of these again in a second.




  
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Mar 16, 2013 08:18 |  #11

I've owned a Gitzo before, a 1542T - the successor to your 1541T. I wasn't impressed and ended up returning it for a Benro 2680T, which I am much happier with. And I am not the only one. peter_n also ended up with a 2680T after owning the 1541T.

I used to think Gitzo was the end all, be all tripod to have. And it might be, for some people. My next set of legs will likely be Feisol or RRS.


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Mar 16, 2013 19:10 |  #12

I have this Induro and love it.

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …_Carbon_8X_CM_S​eries.html (external link)




  
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