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Jun 26, 2008 21:50 as a reply to  @ post 5756289 |  #91

I have acquired a Gitzo GM2560T monopod (six-section, carbon fiber) which fits nicely inside my camera bag. I have read and learned a lot from many of the hundreds of comments on various ballhead-to-camera connections. I hope there are folks out there willing, yet again, to offer suggestions to a ballhead neophyte.

For the immediate future, I will use the monopod to steady a Ds1M2 with 24-70 2.8 lens for photos inside dimly lit buildings. My Gitzo may be well at the edge of its capability for this camera/lens combo, but so be it.
My questions are:

1. Do I need a ballhead at all for a monopod, or will a quality quick release be enough? Someone on this forum has suggested, rather than a ballhead, an RRS MH-01 (a tilt only mechanism), plus a B2ASII clamp. I can't find these on the RRS site, tho I have not yet called them.

2. A ballhead may be a better choice for the long term, however. Still, since I'm going on a long slog, I want the lightest and strongest (don't we all?) suitable for my camera/lens weight. I'm impressed by people's comments on the Kirk BH3, linked with the RRS QR LRII clamp, or maybe the longer LLRII. I worry about overstressing the camera's baseplate if the contact area of the clamp+plate is too small for the load.
And now Gitzo has a new(?) magnesium ballhead, GH1780QR, that's rated for 22 lb. But seems like folks on these forums aren't impressed by Gitzo's ballheads.

So there it is. I would greatly appreciate any suggestions you-all may have.

Jack




  
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Jun 26, 2008 22:04 |  #92

I think you would find it quite frustrating without the ballhead. You *could* do it with the MH-01 I'm not sure how much weight you would save vs the frustration gained.

For ballheads, I'd go for the traveler version of the Q3. Might be perfect on this tripod.

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Jun 27, 2008 06:56 |  #93

Ehm, Jack is talking about a monopod ;)

IMO a tilt head would be absolutely fine, provided you have an L plate or a collared lens.

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Jun 27, 2008 10:07 |  #94

Markins m10 without quick shoe, rrs clamp, rrs l plate has just landed.

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