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Mono pod - What to look for?!?!

 
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May 16, 2013 11:37 |  #16

Another thing to look for is diameter of legs and number of sections. The above Sirui p326 has 6 sections with a 32mm largest diameter tube), I went with a p424 (4 section, 36mm largest diameter tube) as it is noticably more stable but also larger. I also have a travel size tripod, which I can always convert to "monopod" mode, which is a nice complement.


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May 16, 2013 11:39 |  #17

I don't know what I prefer, but it is not twist lock. I have a Sirui monopod with twist lock, and that is not a good option for my taste.




  
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May 16, 2013 11:46 |  #18

I currently use a Gitzo GM3860C without a head for field sports and a Sirui monopod head when out birding. The 1/4 twist lock legs are easy to use, maybe smoother than levers where the lock can be stiff. I used a Manfrotto 681B with a 234 mono head for many years and found it to be a very solid unit and an excellent value if you're not using Arca-Swiss type plates.


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May 16, 2013 14:50 |  #19

Ugh so many decisions.


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May 16, 2013 15:46 as a reply to  @ Mjasinski's post |  #20

I have the benro cf-49 that you are looking at. Great monopod. Well made and heavy duty. And I have the kirk head and that is also well made. They both handle my 500 f/4 is with no problem. You will be very happy with the monopod. The sigma 50-500 is not that heavy. I use to hand hold that 90% of the time. If I were you I would look at the benro a-49. Cheaper and only a little heavier.I use to have both but recently sold the a-49 to a friend. $89 at b+h


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May 16, 2013 15:54 |  #21

CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #15937919 (external link)
My problem with that particular Sirui is the number of sections. I am happier with 3 or 4 sections, but then, it won't fold as small, so it depends on your own taste.

As for twist Vs Flip.

I used to prefer flip levers, but the twist locks are so much better now than they used to be.
I still have some of each, and use them all. My main tripod and my tiny tripod are both twist lock now (Gitzo and Induro)
My medium back up tripod and my Monopod are both Manfrotto flip locks.

It's all good.

On a monopod, I think I do prefer the flip lock, once extended, I like to be able to quickly adjust height with the top lock,. and the flip lock makes this quicker. But I'd get along with twist lock if that's what I had.

I agree with jake. The flip locks work better for me also on a mp


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May 18, 2013 18:13 |  #22

Jay T wrote in post #15938703 (external link)
I agree with jake. The flip locks work better for me also on a mp


I always thought I liked the flippers better until I decided to give the twister a change and now I hate the flippers. I also heard of a person who had the flippers at a football game. He was near the goal post and when they raised the net the netting caught the flipper and up his gear went :p




  
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May 19, 2013 03:55 |  #23

Tanglefoot47 wrote in post #15944891 (external link)
I always thought I liked the flippers better until I decided to give the twister a change and now I hate the flippers. I also heard of a person who had the flippers at a football game. He was near the goal post and when they raised the net the netting caught the flipper and up his gear went :p

I get the impression he was simply far too close to the net, so its not the design of catch that's at question, its more a matter of common sense.


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May 19, 2013 21:40 |  #24

Benro MC-98EX (external link)

Same thing as the Benro C49F. It just doesn't have the swivel foot.


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May 21, 2013 10:26 |  #25

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …_80_Monopod_Til​thead.html (external link)
is that a good head? I will be using it with a sigma 50-500? Or is it not strong enough.


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May 21, 2013 10:33 |  #26

http://www.adorama.com …nopods&feature1​=Berlebach (external link)

built in tilt head, the ladies dig it too. ;)


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May 21, 2013 10:36 |  #27

I already ended up buying a Benro C38F (or 39, cant remember). So now i just need a head. :)


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