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Advice for buying a monopod

 
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Oct 08, 2013 14:58 |  #1

I am in need of a monopod that better meets my needs. Here is my criteria:

– Capable of holding a 400 f/2.8L IS.
– Must have twist locks.
– Must be tall enough to accommodate me at 6'7".
– I would prefer carbon fiber, but it's not mandatory.
– I will also use it to boom a wide angle remote for sports and a softbox for wedding portraits.

I usually shoot field sports from my knees, so the height isn't a huge factor, but when covering baseball from the pits or auto sports, I have to stand. I am tired of hunching over to look through the frame, and I am tired of the clunky clasps lock system of the cheap Manfrotto I have been using (was a newsroom gift).

Ideally, I'd like to spend between $200-275 if the monopod meets all of my needs. Something on the less expensive side would be great.

Do you know of any monopods that meet all of these criteria? What are you using and how do you like it? Please let me hear your thoughts, share photos, and links.


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Oct 08, 2013 15:17 |  #2

Here you go.

Price is a l little over $300 at B&H

At 75.6" tall it should get you where bending over should not be an issue.

Gitzo GM3551 6X Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 39.6 lb (18 kg)


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Oct 08, 2013 15:17 |  #3

Staszek wrote in post #16356193 (external link)
I am in need of a monopod that better meets my needs. Here is my criteria:

– Capable of holding a 400 f/2.8L IS.
– Must have twist locks.
– Must be tall enough to accommodate me at 6'7".
– I would prefer carbon fiber, but it's not mandatory.
– I will also use it to boom a wide angle remote for sports and a softbox for wedding portraits.

I usually shoot field sports from my knees, so the height isn't a huge factor, but when covering baseball from the pits or auto sports, I have to stand. I am tired of hunching over to look through the frame, and I am tired of the clunky clasps lock system of the cheap Manfrotto I have been using (was a newsroom gift).

Ideally, I'd like to spend between $200-275 if the monopod meets all of my needs. Something on the less expensive side would be great.

Do you know of any monopods that meet all of these criteria? What are you using and how do you like it? Please let me hear your thoughts, share photos, and links.


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Oct 08, 2013 15:25 |  #4

John Godwin wrote in post #16356232 (external link)
Here you go.

Price is a l little over $300 at B&H

At 75.6" tall it should get you where bending over should not be an issue.

Gitzo GM3551 6X Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 39.6 lb (18 kg)

Were you trying to link to this?
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …3551_6X_Carbon_​Fiber.html (external link)




  
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Oct 08, 2013 15:55 |  #5

I would definitnely get that Gitzo. My biggest regret in camera gear buying was not buying the great item up front. Goes for the monopods and tripods especially.


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Oct 08, 2013 16:12 |  #6

Yes, the Gitzo should do it. It has a great reputation. I have a different model, I'm shorter so don't need the 75.6 inches.
One warning. All my twist lock tripods and the monopod will bite if, while you are collapsing it, you get your finger or thumb between the parts coming together.


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