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HuskiesD1
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May 26, 2007 21:59 |  #1

Hi all,

I am looking for a good monopod capable of carrying my 20D and 70-200 2.8L. Will be shooting tons of sports this fall, so I hope.

What do you suggest?



  
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May 26, 2007 22:02 |  #2

Bogen 681B or 680B. Durable,cheap, and reliable.




  
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May 26, 2007 22:05 |  #3

Bogen / Manfrotto 685B NeoTec Monopod Deluxe

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …eoTec_Monopod_D​eluxe.html (external link)

I love mine, so easy to open and close and its very sturdy (33lb load capacity).


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May 26, 2007 22:15 |  #4

What head do you put on that one?


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May 26, 2007 22:49 |  #5

I also bought the 685b. Love it. Applied the 488RO to it. Only problem is, it is very easy to lose the rubber foot. I bought extras and also bought cane rubber tips. Overall it is very user friendly.


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May 26, 2007 23:25 |  #6

I use the 680B with my custom bracket mounted and had a fabulous day out with it today shooting a wedding. I just got it earlier this week and I am not looking back.

I love love love love it.

Did I mention its great? LOL It will definitely handle a camera plus a 70-200. :D


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May 27, 2007 00:01 |  #7

SuzyView wrote in post #3272707 (external link)
What head do you put on that one?

I havent seen any need for a head yet. The monopod foot has a ball in the foot that allows me to tilt it if need be and I find thats enough for me on a monopod. The foot also screws up to revel a spike ;)

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May 27, 2007 06:19 |  #8

I use a Bogen/Manfrotto 680B topped off with their 486RC2 ballhead. The ball head adds to the versatility in how I can use the monopod with a variety of lenses (with and without tripod rings) and a variety of situations (standing, sitting, etc.).


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May 27, 2007 19:44 |  #9

I use my Canon monopod with the 10D and now the 30D and the 70-200 all the time. It's far more stable than my husband's Bogen (an older one) with the little useless legs, and only cost $29.95. It's borderline for the telephoto unless there's something more around to help steady either the 'pod or the lens, in my opinion, but I'm none too steady myself these days so maybe it would be fine with another person. It has a little ball head and a nice wrap-around firm foam hand-grip. The slot for changing to 'portrait' (long side vertical) orientation is out of the way of the adjusting knob for the head, which it isn't on that nasty thing of my husband's. I really like it. No, I'm in love with it. There's some question in my mind as to how long the clamps are going to keep holding the sections firm, for that price, but they feel solid and so far so good.




  
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May 27, 2007 21:35 as a reply to  @ Mollym/CA's post |  #10

I've also got the Canon 100. I bought it as a cheap, starter monopod (before I make the leap to a more expensive model). I've used it a handful of times and no complaints here. Chances are I'll upgrade in the future, but for $30, its hard to beat.


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May 28, 2007 11:20 |  #11

Slik ez pod (not the jr) is a good pod for cheap, and works well for me.


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May 28, 2007 13:29 |  #12

I shoot a lot of sports.

I use a Gitzo 2540 or a GItzo 2940 with a 3232 and RRS clamp on top.

I also own a Manfrotto 695 and a Manfrotto Neotec. I never use any of these anymore.

Manfrotto 695 comments:
The 695 is not particularly stable with a last leg section that is pretty bending. I also do not like the flip locks for monopods since I find it hard to adjust them one handed and to adjust them so that there is a touch of friction to work with. Seems to be that it is mostly on or off so my adjustments become too gross. I don't think it is a bad monopod, just not applicable or useful for sports.

The Neotec is handy in concept. The reasons I no longer use it are:
1. I found that the trigger assembly at the top of the monopod can flex a lot more than I want it to. Even tightening down the screws that hold the clamshell together didn't eliminate this flex. You also have to still take a hand off the camera to adjust the height (trigger) so the advantage is somewhat mitigated.

2. It is too long. When strapped to a pack and if I have to make my way through a crowd or overhead stuff, I find it seems to want to snag on things. Too, when taking my pack in or out of a car (boat, plane etcc) with it attached, the extra (considerable) length makes that a lot harder. Again, it catches on everything.

3. The thing is heavy. I carry a lot of gear all day when shooting and moving from field to field. Cutting the weight down is important. This monopod is more than 2X heavier than my Gitzos and the other Manfrotto.

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May 29, 2007 04:17 as a reply to  @ JohnJ80's post |  #13

Your best bet is to go with the Gitzo 2540 that John has. It will provide a stable platform for your current 70-200 and larger lenses you might purchase or even just rent for an event.


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May 29, 2007 09:00 |  #14

I have a Bogen 681 and it does quite well.



  
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May 29, 2007 19:15 as a reply to  @ jr_senator's post |  #15

Bogen 679 here. 63" reach was tallest I could afford. Unfortunately, the collapse height is a little tall at 25", just longer than the carryon I was using the day I bought it. Very solid, supports the 70-200 with no problems.

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …_679B_3216_3_Se​ction.html (external link)

Love it. Had one (Velbon?) with the twist locks, managed to twang them so they didn't work anymore.


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