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Apr 24, 2013 03:32 |  #1

Looking for a lightweight tripod or monopod that will carry the 300/f4 IS +1.4 TC with ease. I realise that the lens weights nothing but I won't always be handholding.

Any suggestions? Budget around $200.


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Apr 24, 2013 19:36 |  #2

I used a Manfrotto 681B which is fairly light weight, fairly inexpensive and very solid. However, it doesn't collapse small enough to fit into the suitcase I check aboard when flying and attempting to carry a monopod on a flight is chancy. Sometimes you can and sometimes not - they can call it a "weapon-like implement".

I now shoot with a Calumet carbon fiber 4-section monopod which is great with the 300mm f/4L IS lens.

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Apr 26, 2013 17:21 |  #3

I use the 300 F4 IS and find it excellent but I would suggest you spend a bit more to get the best from it. As RPCrowe says the Manfrotto mono pod would be fine, though a little heavy and a bit long when collapsed. I use a Gitzo GM 2541 which weighs almost nothing (I often leave it on when shooting hand held) and folds up pretty short - but would blow your budget on the mono pod alone!
Don't be fooled by the GM 2541's light weigh I use mine, quite happily, with a Canon 800mm F5.6 IS and used to use it with a Canon 600 F4 IS. If you can afford it - I thoroughly recommend it.
My tripod of choice for the 300 F4/F2.8 is the Gitzo GT 2531 but they are silly money these days!


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Apr 26, 2013 23:05 |  #4

I use a manfrotto that is no longer made but this http://www.manfrotto.u​s …on-aluminum-black-monopod (external link) is a suitable sub. put a small head on or not, up to you.


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Apr 27, 2013 00:03 |  #5

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …_Carbon_8X_CM_S​eries.html (external link)

less than 100.00 holds 18lbs, carbon fiber, strong, and lightweight.

It folds to less than 19 inches.

excellent warranty as well..


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Apr 27, 2013 08:15 |  #6

MajesticMomentsPhoto wrote in post #15871700 (external link)
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …_Carbon_8X_CM_S​eries.html (external link)

less than 100.00 holds 18lbs, carbon fiber, strong, and lightweight.

It folds to less than 19 inches.

excellent warranty as well..

Haha, funny that you link that one. I was looking at it yesterday and I am deciding on it because I like the screw type instead of clamps. Thanks!


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Apr 27, 2013 11:55 as a reply to  @ JohanBorjesson's post |  #7

I would also look at the Induro CM-24 which is a heavier duty pod but, only weighs a bit more. CM14 = .7 lb and CM24 = .9 lb.

The CM-24 is a bit more expensive $122 USD vs. $96 USD....

I believe that Calumet has replaced their own brand monopod with either the CM14 or CM24, They carry both of these pods.


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Apr 27, 2013 13:00 |  #8

Use a Gitzo GM3860C for shooting sporting events and love it. Very short and travels well


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Apr 28, 2013 23:01 |  #9

I bought a Sirui 326. Pretty happy with it. I could afford to pair it with RRS MH-01-40LR / B2-40 LR.


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Apr 28, 2013 23:06 |  #10

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I bought a Sirui 326. Pretty happy with it. I could afford to pair it with RRS MH-01-40LR / B2-40 LR.

Nah I don't want a head on a monopod, would feel really weird and I seriously don't see a need to use one.


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Apr 29, 2013 17:47 |  #11

JohanBorjesson wrote in post #15877564 (external link)
Nah I don't want a head on a monopod, would feel really weird and I seriously don't see a need to use one.

In addition to my Gitzo GM2541 I also have a Sirui P424 - I didn't recommend it because it is overkill for your lens and the Gitzo is so much lighter.
As to a head on a Mono Pod, I find they can work quite well. I have the Sirui L10 (a cheap version of the RRS) this is nowhere near as good as the RRS but is quite happy with both my 300 F2.8 L IS and 300 F4 L IS.
I am not saying to buy one but, if you get the opportunity, I would suggest you try one out.


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Apr 29, 2013 23:17 |  #12

I have the Sirui P424 as well and agree it is quite robust. However, I bought it because it is a tall pod. Being hunched over a short monopod for several hours can lead to a bad case of erectile dysfunction. :lol: I also recommend the Sirui L10, works great for me and no complaints.

Regardless of brand, get one that is tall enough for your use.


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Apr 30, 2013 03:28 |  #13

A too short monopod is a pain. A head on the monopod is a matter of taste, and how each one is using the pod. I like to set the pod little in front of me, tilting it agaist myself. To do this I have to use a head.

I got a Sirui L10 with my monopod. That is both sturdy and smooth in operation. So I can recommend it. But the clamp is just one way, so it doesn't work with right/left orientated camera plate. Actually I prefer a ball head myself.




  
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