I'm looking for a new Monopod that is fairly price reasonable. Anywhere up to about $200. Maybe I can afford to go a little over, but it can't be too much.
I bought a Manfrotto 680B Monopod last year and I like it a lot. It's fairly light, holds a lot of weight (22lbs) and feels nice and sturdy.
However, the one issue I have, which is huge to me, is the height. I'm roughly 6'2 and because the Monopod only goes up to 60" I find that after shooting sports for about an hour my lower back starts to hurt from having to bend over so much to shoot.
I recently bought a 400mm F/2.8 and with the weight I also am looking for a little thicker padding for my shoulder. The Mandrotto one isn't horrible, but more would feel better.
Another sports photographer had mentioned a Velbon, and his padding looked nicer than mine, but it appears they all only support 3-10lbs of weight which isn't going to be enough.
Can anyone recommend a monopod that fits what I need? For a breakdown:
Within the $200 range
Can hold about 20+ pounds
Fairly thick padding
Will allow camera to be eye level with me 6'2