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May 13, 2012 19:26 |  #1

anyone know how to convert a monopod such aas a monfroto or others to hold a monolight such as an alien bees on top of it?

I see wedding photographers do this a lot and cannot figure it out




  
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May 13, 2012 20:11 |  #2

Dear DSCHAPIN,

Try this...
Manfrotto 186 Female Threaded 3/8" to Male 5/8" Stud Adapter - 50mm Long [Mfr# 186]:
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …_Female_Threade​d_3_8.html (external link)

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May 13, 2012 21:13 |  #3

If one uses a stud like shown in the post above, it should be modified somehow to absolutely prevent it from coming loose from the monopod's threaded stud. I would probably choose to add a setscrew to the Manfrotto stud.


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May 13, 2012 22:05 |  #4

Good point SKIP. Totally agree with you, unfortunately, most Manfrotto or Matthews (MSE) hardware converter adapters with set screws sit too high above the monopod male thread base for the adapter set screw to provide the additional ideal locking security you & I both would like. I yield to your vast experience in photography, particularly in these areas. Perhaps could add a small/thin what I think is called "lock-washer"(?) between the top of the monopod and the bottom of the above mentioned adapter.

This tech stuff doesn’t come naturally for me as a girl, so I have out of necessity had to log a lot of product research time, determinedly trying to figure out the photographic hardware maze (bits & bolts etc). I would think if manufacturers such as Manfrotto marketed their products with a friendlier consumer solution-oriented approach & friendlier web site, (such as innovative Lastolite does), they would increase their top line/revenue! Instead consumers like me & undoubtedly many others, have to try to painfully ride the Manfotto learning curve/hardware maze.


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May 13, 2012 23:37 |  #5

Mary, very few photographers try to use a handheld monopod for lighting gear. That's why we don't find the support hardware with setscrews for the stud threads. The thing that I'd be afraid of is the person handling the monopod/light inadvertently spinning it and having inertia start to loosen the threaded connection with nobody noticing it. Somebody could get bonked if the lighting equipment was suddenly airborne.

I don't think it would be at all hard for someone (even a gal - I've known many with the proper background) with mechanical skills and appropriate tools to install a setscrew into a standard 5/8" stud to keep it locked onto the threads.


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May 13, 2012 23:48 |  #6

Why not put a speedlight on a monopod instead? I don't think I've ever seen an outright monolight on a monopod. A Q flash with a battery pack yes, and that does kinda look like a small monolight. ;)
http://www.qtm.com …104&Itemid=194&​Name=Value (external link)

On the other hand you could just carry a boom arm, since it would already have the correct hardware on the end.


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May 14, 2012 00:37 |  #7

Thanks SKIP. I would not want to use a monopod for a monolight either!
[I shelved/never use a heavy Manfrotto 682B http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …elf_Standing_Mo​nopod.html (external link) monopod(monopod/light stand/pole features) even with a 580EXII speed light approximately four years ago, in favor of a properly suited pole]. I was just trying to lend one possible suggestion to the original post DSCHAPIN. Even as SCATTERBRAINED comment about a nifty Quantum light, I would use a proper telescopic pole, or if was compromised then a good quality light stand – but never a monopod. Everyones different choice… (I think David Ziser’s assistant may use a Manfrotto monopod/Quantum light combination); I find monopods a bit cumbersome & rarely use them even for a camera.

DSCHAPIN, good luck on finding a comfortable solution for you, to your question.

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May 14, 2012 11:32 as a reply to  @ happy2010's post |  #8

There are some very successful and popular wedding photographers that have an assistant carry a monopod with mono light and small soft box attached for weddings and the results are stunning of course.




  
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May 14, 2012 11:35 |  #9

that stud adapter may be the thing i was looking for thank y ou




  
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May 14, 2012 13:18 as a reply to  @ dschapin's post |  #10

Put a drop of Blue Loctite on the monopod thread and the adapter will not come off accidentally.




  
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May 14, 2012 13:33 |  #11

DSCHAPIN, here is an example of one of the Masters of lighting (& marketing) using a Manfrotto monopod, like you asked about…
http://digitalprotalk.​blogspot.ca/search?q=Z​umbrella (external link) (12:05 minute video; albeit a 2009/older video)
i.e. I think he uses a Manfrotto #680B monopod with Quantum flash + Westcott/Zumbrella
Perhaps if you freeze the video you may be able to see his mounting.
http://www.digitalprot​alk.blogspot.ca/ (external link)

Good luck, be careful and have fun.


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May 14, 2012 14:49 |  #12

happy2010 wrote in post #14430334 (external link)
DSCHAPIN, here is an example of one of the Masters of lighting (& marketing) using a Manfrotto monopod, like you asked about…
http://digitalprotalk.​blogspot.ca/search?q=Z​umbrella (external link) (12:05 minute video; albeit a 2009/older video)
i.e. I think he uses a Manfrotto #680B monopod with Quantum flash + Westcott/Zumbrella
Perhaps if you freeze the video you may be able to see his mounting.
http://www.digitalprot​alk.blogspot.ca/ (external link)

Good luck, be careful and have fun.


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he's using a quantum flash with a Zumbrella + Zumbrella bracket. I'm thinking the OP may have mistaken the Qflash for a monolight when seeing it used. If you'd never seen one before the round reflector would throw you off.


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Dec 03, 2017 16:13 |  #13

Hey guys, what would you recommend for a monopod which has a 1/4-inch universal thread mount? This is all i can find at Amazon''
https://www.amazon.com …fRID=AZ5QNB79C5​YYV806T2SH (external link)

I'dbe supporting the handheld unit from the Flashpoint Xplor

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Dec 03, 2017 16:45 |  #14

Slightly off topic but I made a stand for my 600 out of my old aluminum tripod.


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Dec 03, 2017 16:53 |  #15

Use with just the 1/4-20 thread on a monopod with no QR, or use a QR plate with standard 1/4-20 thread

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