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Nov 26, 2011 17:33 |  #1

I am currently researching for a CF Tripod and after looking around I started to wonder about getting a monopod , do you find having a monopod useful or do they end up on the shelf gathering dust ?

I know that one of the Benro tripods can have one of the legs used as a monopod but was wondering if it was worth getting a dedicated pod , the largest lens I plan on using will be something in the 400mm range , either the 5.6 prime or 100-400 zoom which I plan on getting next year.


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Nov 26, 2011 18:06 |  #2

I was using my monopod today, chasing eagles, herons and the odd vulture with the 300 f/2.8 on it. I no longer consider myself able to manage an afternoon of working with that lens without some kind of support and a tripod would be just too awkward. Truth be told, I use my monopod more than my tripods. However, I don't consider a monopod a substitute for a tripod, or vice versa.


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Nov 26, 2011 18:09 |  #3

I use both extensively. Because of what I shoot, I use the monopod almost every time I am out.

Even if if am taking a tripod, I often use the monopod to help carry a body with a long lens attached. Sling it over your shoulder a lot like a shotgun and off you go.


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Nov 26, 2011 18:52 as a reply to  @ S.Horton's post |  #4

Thanks guys

I use my monopod more than my tripods. However, I don't consider a monopod a substitute for a tripod, or vice versa.
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The more I think about it the more I am leaning towards getting a pod first , I am not really into landscapes , more animals / birds / macro , so I think I will get more use out of a monopod out in the field.

Will have to do some more research , don't know whether to get the Benro with the option of using one of the legs as a pod or get a dedicated monopod.

I like the Gitzo's but boy are they expensive , but I only want to buy once , not upgrade later ;)


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Nov 26, 2011 20:22 as a reply to  @ lucasmcd's post |  #5

alright first post here!!?

I bought a Benro monopod because it fell into my lap at a good price. Afterwards I saw the transfunctional tripod and felt if I could get both in one piece I could sell the mono. The mono pod that comes as a leg on my Benro tripod just isn't the same as a dedicated monopod.....so now I'll keep both. The 1691BO tripod is fine as a tripod but can't compare to the 96ex monopod as a monopod. It is too samll a diameter.

I think those numbers are right.




  
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Nov 26, 2011 20:58 as a reply to  @ Patom's post |  #6

Thanks Patom , I am starting to lean towards a dedicated monopod , congrats on your first post :)


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Nov 27, 2011 13:31 |  #7

why not get a tripod where you can detach one of the legs to become a monopod?


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Nov 27, 2011 14:39 |  #8

kenwood33 wrote in post #13458299 (external link)
why not get a tripod where you can detach one of the legs to become a monopod?

Maybe because . . .

Patom wrote in post #13455584 (external link)
alright first post here!!?

I bought a Benro monopod because it fell into my lap at a good price. Afterwards I saw the transfunctional tripod and felt if I could get both in one piece I could sell the mono. The mono pod that comes as a leg on my Benro tripod just isn't the same as a dedicated monopod.....so now I'll keep both. The 1691BO tripod is fine as a tripod but can't compare to the 96ex monopod as a monopod. It is too samll a diameter.

I think those numbers are right.


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Nov 27, 2011 16:21 as a reply to  @ Jon's post |  #9

why not get a tripod where you can detach one of the legs to become a monopod

The Gitzo monopod is rated at 25kg ( which will future proof me ) versus the Benro leg at 12kg ? I will also feel more safe using the Gitzo as a walking stick when hiking , also the Gitzo is 155.5cm verus the Benro at 139.0cm which puts the Gitzo at my eye level with a monopod head .

I also like the fact the Gitzo folds down to 41.5cm and weighs only 750 grams which makes it very easy to pack in a backpack , I think I have talked myself into getting one ;)


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Nov 27, 2011 17:02 |  #10

lucasmcd wrote in post #13459003 (external link)
The Gitzo monopod is rated at 25kg ( which will future proof me ) versus the Benro leg at 12kg ? I will also feel more safe using the Gitzo as a walking stick when hiking , also the Gitzo is 155.5cm verus the Benro at 139.0cm which puts the Gitzo at my eye level with a monopod head .

I also like the fact the Gitzo folds down to 41.5cm and weighs only 750 grams which makes it very easy to pack in a backpack , I think I have talked myself into getting one ;)

If you are willing to go to the price of a Gitzo Monopod then have a look at the Gitzo GM 2541. It is a bit cheaper, quite a bit lighter and will support anything you are likely to buy.
I was looking at the GM 5541 for my 600 F4 IS but tried it on my 2541 first - not perfect but it supports the lens very well - it just looks like it won't! I can't see me buying a bigger monopod in the foreseeable future as it supports anything Canon currently make.


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Nov 27, 2011 17:10 |  #11

The monopod I mentioned above was the Gitzo 3551. I was using it above eye level, since I was shooting eagles perched in trees pretty close in (camera angled up at 40-60 deg.) so I didn't need to stoop. And my wife's used it as a hiking stick on occasion (very rocky trails).


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Nov 27, 2011 17:17 as a reply to  @ Jon's post |  #12

FWIW, When I am out, using my 300mm, I use a Manfrotto monopod http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …9B_3_Section_Mo​nopod.html (external link). They make a shoulder adapter (361) that folds down, when not in use. When using it, it makes a brace from the monopod to your shoulder.
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …1_Shoulder_Brac​e_for.html (external link). You may want to check it out. As stated before, it does not replace a tripod.


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Nov 27, 2011 17:23 |  #13

lucasmcd wrote in post #13455272 (external link)
I like the Gitzo's but boy are they expensive , but I only want to buy once , not upgrade later ;)

Gitzo tripod very nice and worth every penny but for monopods you get something like bogen entry level 680B or 679B for $50 and you all set. They hold any supertele besides 1200mm f5.6 with a 1 series body and unlike CF tripods with monopods you don't gain any weight reductions by going CF route.

The bigger expense is Arca swiss plate and clamp if you don't like bolting your lens to the monopod all the time.


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Nov 27, 2011 20:34 |  #14

I love using a monopod when i shoot and a tripod is too heavy




  
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Nov 28, 2011 03:48 as a reply to  @ Can0nCam's post |  #15

The bigger expense is Arca swiss plate and clamp if you don't like bolting your lens to the monopod all the time

I don't like the idea of bolting the lens straight onto the monopod so I am also looking at the RRS MH-01-40LR: Monopod Head ,


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