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300f2.8 monopod suggestions??

 
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Jul 09, 2014 09:04 |  #1

Hi,
Just wondered which monopod people suggest for this lens and Motorsport use
Many thanks in advance
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Jul 09, 2014 11:56 |  #2

colintf wrote in post #17020647 (external link)
Hi,
Just wondered which monopod people suggest for this lens and Motorsport use
Many thanks in advance
:cool:

Monopods are most useful when a subject is heading directly toward the camera position and a minimum of panning is necessary. Monopod operation can be clumsy when panning is needed. Typically, monopods are used with the longest super telephoto lenses in the 400-600mm range.




  
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Jul 10, 2014 03:06 |  #3

DC Fan wrote in post #17020900 (external link)
Monopods are most useful when a subject is heading directly toward the camera position and a minimum of panning is necessary. Monopod operation can be clumsy when panning is needed. Typically, monopods are used with the longest super telephoto lenses in the 400-600mm range.

Many thanks for the info
I have a long 10 hour raceday coming up and thought one might help
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Jul 11, 2014 04:24 as a reply to  @ colintf's post |  #4

I use a 3 legged thing monopod -Sid. not the most compact but works well, 3 section Alloy.


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Jul 11, 2014 05:15 as a reply to  @ Klystron's post |  #5

300mm is kinda borderline whether to use a monopod or not - for a 10 hour raceday i would use one.

Most decent monopods will easily hold one, take a look at The usual suspects, Manfrotto, Gitzo, Benro, etc

Just make sure they have a 1/4" thread option (manfrotto does, its 3/8 is springloaded with a 1/4" in the middle - gitzo has a reversible bolt) to fit the thread in the bottom of the lens.

My first monopod was a manfrotto, but i snapped it in half (being foolish, not a fault of the monopod, and repairs are easy)
My monopod now is a discontinued Velbon ProPod8 - complete overkill, but it is very solidly built, and goes very tall


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Jul 11, 2014 06:34 as a reply to  @ Echo63's post |  #6

Many thanks :cool:




  
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Jul 11, 2014 06:47 |  #7

Best deal on a monopod that I found (and I did a lot of research before getting one) was the Feisol CM-1471 Rapid. It's lightweight (carbon fiber), solid, quick extension, and easy to put a plate on. I grabbed a SunwayFoto discal clamp that is Arca-Swiss compatible, and have never regretted it. You can carry that setup for hours, and it can even double as a walking stick for you.




  
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Jul 15, 2014 14:39 |  #8

I use a standard Manfrotto with lever locks (i prefer these to twist locks, can operate with gloves on).

I'm all for using support for heavy lenses - I've only got one back and I hope it to last another 40 years.


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Jul 16, 2014 14:46 |  #9

I use an Induro MXC44 w/ Acratech QR clamp, holds a 400/2.8 + 1D without any issues


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Jul 16, 2014 14:51 |  #10

I feel like any monopod that's sturdy enough is fine.
Though Carbon fiber might be nice, I'm still using a 13 year old Manfrotto (680B) aluminum three section that handles my 500mm perfectly. weight is not much of a concern, nor length, as it's still considerably more compact than a tripod.
My Manfrotto was under $100.00 but is plenty strong.


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Jul 17, 2014 05:25 as a reply to  @ CyberDyneSystems's post |  #11

thanks guys :cool:




  
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Jul 17, 2014 05:37 |  #12

DC Fan wrote in post #17020900 (external link)
Monopods are most useful when a subject is heading directly toward the camera position and a minimum of panning is necessary. Monopod operation can be clumsy when panning is needed.

I find panning with a monopod very straightforward - It seems very natural. But we are all different.

That's panning birds in flight as well as MotoGP and F1.


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Jul 25, 2014 23:14 as a reply to  @ Lowner's post |  #13

i used a manfrotto 681b with my 300
still use it for my 400




  
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Jul 26, 2014 10:03 |  #14

drewl wrote in post #17056672 (external link)
i used a manfrotto 681b with my 300
still use it for my 400

Funnily enough, bought a 679b this afternoon :cool:




  
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Jul 26, 2014 16:02 |  #15

I screwed around with quite a few tripods and monopds, buying more of them than I'm comfortable admitting. Last year, I bought a new tripod and monopod from RRS. It took all my camera gear fund for the year but I won't have to upgrade ever again, I don't believe. I guess I might get the quick change RRS offers to switch between a gimbal head and my BH-55 if I ever get a really long lens.


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