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Jun 12, 2008 21:41 |  #76

jhom wrote in post #5471707 (external link)
For inexpensive, I'd recommend the Manfrottos 679, 680, or 681. For expensive, I'd recommend the Gitzo GM5540. After using all four monopods, I prefer the Gitzo.

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Jun 12, 2008 21:48 |  #77

Wow that looks nice! too bad its like 300


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Jun 12, 2008 21:49 |  #78

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Why? For what purpose?

are you envsioning a guy peering into the eyepiece of his tripod-mounted camera balancing himself on one leg ;)?

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Jun 12, 2008 22:00 |  #79

Extremely satisfied with a Manfrotto 681B w/3229 head.

Might pick up a decent Manfrotto ballhead + legs tripod setup to interchange with the monopod as needed.


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Jun 13, 2008 00:31 |  #80

anyone here with velbon monopods?


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Jun 13, 2008 06:13 |  #81

I will buy GM5540 maybe after my vacation, to use it in sports mostly as we will start in August or September, but i will be busy for my vacation, after i come back i hope to buy GM5540, $300 is nothing to be worry about, i worry about $1000 and above.


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Jun 13, 2008 06:15 |  #82

But i would like to know a good head to use it in sports, as i am using my 679B with 322RC2 and i never feel comfortable with it, and i don't think even if i get 488RC2 i can use it better in sports, i would like to know what those sports shooter[Pros] using as ballheads.


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Jun 13, 2008 06:18 |  #83

ed rader wrote in post #5712729 (external link)
are you envsioning a guy peering into the eyepiece of his tripod-mounted camera balancing himself on one leg ;)?

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Sorry Ed. I don't get the jest of your post. Slow mind, I guess.



  
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Jun 13, 2008 07:27 |  #84

Benro apparently uses a CF lay up that is considerably less CF than epoxy compared to Gitzo. That is one big difference you can't see by inspection. The CF is what gives you the vibration damping and is the expensive part.

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Jun 13, 2008 09:02 |  #85

Tareq wrote in post #5714307 (external link)
But i would like to know a good head to use it in sports, as i am using my 679B with 322RC2 and i never feel comfortable with it, and i don't think even if i get 488RC2 i can use it better in sports, i would like to know what those sports shooter[Pros] using as ballheads.

they don't use a ballhead....




  
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Jun 13, 2008 09:20 |  #86

blonde wrote in post #5714944 (external link)
they don't use a ballhead....

As already mentioned, sports shooters don't use ballheads. We often use longer focal lengths and a slight tilt of the monopod gives more than ample framing of a shot.


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Jun 13, 2008 09:21 |  #87

blonde wrote in post #5714944 (external link)
they don't use a ballhead....

The reason they don't is that they are essentially using the monopod in a vertical position with the camera aiming level to the ground for all their work. They don't need the versatility of monopod positioning that I need (and thus use a ballhead for).


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Jun 13, 2008 09:30 |  #88

SkipD wrote in post #5715057 (external link)
The reason they don't is that they are essentially using the monopod in a vertical position with the camera aiming level to the ground for all their work. They don't need the versatility of monopod positioning that I need (and thus use a ballhead for).

Also, the longer the lens, the less need for a ballhead because of the distances and angles involved.

In point of fact, there are better options than ballheads. RRS has a new monopod head out that is the 3232 on steroids. If one uses a ballhead it is best if the ballhead has a very good friction control (like Markins Q3, for example). Otherwise it gets more than a little fiddly.

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Jun 13, 2008 09:37 |  #89

JohnJ80 wrote in post #5715097 (external link)
Also, the longer the lens, the less need for a ballhead because of the distances and angles involved.

In point of fact, there are better options than ballheads. RRS has a new monopod head out that is the 3232 on steroids. If one uses a ballhead it is best if the ballhead has a very good friction control (like Markins Q3, for example). Otherwise it gets more than a little fiddly.

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i just bought the new RRS Monopod head and i should be getting it today :) i can't wait to try it out because it looks like a perfect solution!!!!




  
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Jun 13, 2008 21:07 as a reply to  @ blonde's post |  #90

RRS MH-01 Hi Capacity Monopod Head + B2 ASII Clamp

RRS MH-01 Hi Capacity Monopod Head + B2 ASII Clamp mounted on Gitzo GM5540 monopod


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