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Feb 21, 2015 06:14 |  #1

Does anyone use a simple tilt head on their monopod ? i'm looking to use a waist support pouch rather than using the monopod on the ground. This gives more freedom of movement or fast action sports events. However I see that Manfrotto tilt heads are only safe for up to 2.5 kg. and I was hoping to use the same set up for my 300 f2.8 and possibly 500 f4 lenses. The 500 is 4 kg plus. Is anyone using this set up who could advise ? Im not really looking to use a mega expensive sophisticated set up, just something simple but tough.


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Feb 21, 2015 08:03 |  #2

If you do a search for the phrase monopod head, you'll see many threads with various points-of-view and suggestions. Kirk Enterprises and Really Right Stuff both make monopod heads that can carry heavy loads. Neither is cheap.


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Feb 21, 2015 10:44 |  #3

I have the RRS MH-02. It is a very nice piece of kit. I forget what it cost.......I think that's what happens, sometimes, when you really like using something.


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Feb 21, 2015 20:45 |  #4

B&H Photo's house brand, Oben, has monopods and a tilt head with QR plate made for them. They are not expensive. The head is sold alone or as a kit with one of the pods. The head is listed as max 11 lbs = 5 kg load. (The pods can hold more when not used with the head.)




  
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Feb 21, 2015 21:02 |  #5

I can recommend the Sirui monopod head. Beautifully made, works great. Comes with an Arca-Swiss clamp & plate. Highly rated and just a bit over $100.


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Feb 21, 2015 21:08 |  #6

Time was there was only one option in this category, it was the Manfrotto unit that was affordable, but scary to use with heavy lenses.
Finally RRS came along and changed all that with it's "built to tilt a truck" head.
Others followed. The Kirk is about as beefy The Sirui is similar design but smaller and not quite as positive to lock, but it;s what I use with my 500mm f/4L IS and I am quite happy.

P.S. I am definitely of the "tilt only " camp for the Monopod head.

Another thing I do with it is tilt it and mount the Wimberly Sidekick on it,.. sometimes this is just the bees knees.



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Feb 22, 2015 10:45 |  #7

If you think you can put a cannon on it, go ahead--it will hold. As you can see some nicks and scruff marks, mine has been used here and in Europe Africa and Asia. It's held large lenses from 400mm to 800mm with and without TCs and with 1D series Canon cameras attached. You will also see that I use a QR clamp to mount the head rather than screw the monopod directly to the base. Sometimes you don't need to use the head--sometimes you need to remove it for travel. A QR makes it easier. As my cameras all have QR plates, I can use the setup even with short lenses mounted.


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Mar 13, 2015 04:39 |  #8

Thanks very much for all your comments guys. Very much appreciated.


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