Bianchi wrote in post #15985724
To each there own. Thers no wright or wrong, just preferences..
Thanks for the clarification. And the last sentence is important and very truth.
Actually the only pro I have ever seen using a monopod, and who introduced me for monopod 24 years ago, was using a ball head on his monopod. He is also the only one I have ever seen using a monopod with ball head
The thing he learned me, was to tilt the monopod a little against myself, for improving stability, and not just resting the weight of the camera and lens on a right standing monopod. To do this, one have to use a head on the monopod, a tilt head will do the same job. If I need to work with fast reframing, as for wildlife or birds, I don't adjust the ball head for every framing. I just adjust it for the situation, and move the monopod for each framing. So I work with the same speed as those without a head on the monopod, I just have the monopod in an other angle to the camera/lens and to the ground.
An other posibility with a monopod with a head on, is to raise the monopod with the camera (with self timer or a remote) up in the air, for getting some overview. That is how I managed to shoot straight down a 200 meter high cliff, 1.6 feet off the cliff. My mother have never seen that picture
I can understand that a photographer that is standing by a stadium for who know how long time, with a heavy lens is using the monopod mainly for resting its weight and have the equipment ready all time. And that he therefor can use it without any head. That is not how I use my monopod.