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Mar 31, 2008 09:47 |  #1

Are you finding it useful to have a tilt/swivel head on your monopod? Do you use your monopod attached directly onto your camera? Other than for having a quick-release system on my monopod's head, I never found the need for tilt/swivel.

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Mar 31, 2008 09:54 |  #2

If you always shoot "straight and level" and only with lenses which have a tripod mounting ring, then you probably don't need a head on a monopod. If, like me, you're likely to shoot with the lens at other than right angles to the tripod, or using lenses which don't have tripod mounting rings, it's a different story. I use a Manfrotto 486RC2 so I have flexibility in my camera orientation independent of where the monopod rests.


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Mar 31, 2008 10:10 as a reply to  @ Jon's post |  #3

IMO, one of the big advantages to a head on a monopod is the ability to use quick release plates and not have to screw the monopod into and out of the camera on a frequent basis.

Personally, I've been quite happy with the Manny 3229 swivel head, but I likely don't have some of the shooting position demands that require or would be simplified with a small ballhead.


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Mar 31, 2008 11:45 as a reply to  @ donaldjl's post |  #4
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I built a monopod, and ended up with a Bogen 3229 tilt head. Not only does it allow me to quickly kick the monopod out, such as for bracing against a tree, but I can fold the head and monopod clear back behind the camera, and use it as a "shoulder fired" device. It really works out great for me.


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Mar 31, 2008 11:46 |  #5

donaldjl wrote in post #5230151 (external link)
IMO, one of the big advantages to a head on a monopod is the ability to use quick release plates and not have to screw the monopod into and out of the camera on a frequent basis.

Personally, I've been quite happy with the Manny 3229 swivel head, but I likely don't have some of the shooting position demands that require or would be simplified with a small ballhead.

Some QR systems allow you to screw the QR clamp (or base) directly on the monopod without the head if all you're after is a quick way to mount and unmount a camera or a lens.


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Mar 31, 2008 11:58 |  #6

donaldjl wrote in post #5230151 (external link)
IMO, one of the big advantages to a head on a monopod is the ability to use quick release plates and not have to screw the monopod into and out of the camera on a frequent basis.

You don't necessarily need a ballhead to utilize a QR setup. I have a 3232 mounted on my monopod, with a Markins QR screw clamp attached directly to the 3232. And if I didn't have the swivel head, the clamp would screw directly to the monopod post.


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Mar 31, 2008 12:00 |  #7

440roadrunner wrote in post #5230727 (external link)
I built a monopod, and ended up with a Bogen 3229 tilt head. Not only does it allow me to quickly kick the monopod out, such as for bracing against a tree, but I can fold the head and monopod clear back behind the camera, and use it as a "shoulder fired" device. It really works out great for me.

Sorry off topic - I had heard of this "over the shoulder" technique before, but I have a hard time visualizing it. i.e. I can't see how you can get the monopod _over the shoulder_ - then your camera will be still way too high for your eye to reach?? Pictures anyone?


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Mar 31, 2008 12:45 as a reply to  @ bbbig's post |  #8

No head on my mono, I am just going to put a QR clamp on it.:D


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Mar 31, 2008 12:49 |  #9

Ballhead. Admittedly it was a fiddle at first getting used to the monopod-ballhead combination. Now accustomed to the gear I find it an easy combination to use.


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Mar 31, 2008 13:20 as a reply to  @ Balliolman's post |  #10

I have a head on mine as it's the only way I can the the camera into portrait orientation.


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Mar 31, 2008 13:27 |  #11

HankScorpio wrote in post #5231348 (external link)
I have a head on mine as it's the only way I can the the camera into portrait orientation.

Ah, that does make sense!


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Mar 31, 2008 13:29 |  #12

I also use a Manfrotto 486RC2 ball head on my monopod (a Manfrotto 680B), and the ball head provides me with a tremendous amount of versatility in how I can use the monopod over either no head or the one-way tilt head.


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Mar 31, 2008 13:33 |  #13

I haven't tried a ball head on my monopod, a Manfrotto 679B. Camera and lens weigh about 10# and the pod is mounted to the lens ring mount. I guess I figured a ball head would be more trouble than it is worth. I just bought a ball head, so I may try it out. Mostly, I just need the pod to support the weight.

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Mar 31, 2008 17:52 |  #14

I use a Manfrotto 486RC2 on my monopod and love it. When I first got a monopod I tried using it with out a ball head and did not like it. For me the ball head made a huge difference in its usability.




  
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Mar 31, 2008 20:19 as a reply to  @ Bumgardnern's post |  #15

I guess I wasn't as clear as I should have been, but several have alluded to my point that it's advantageous to be able to use quick releases on monopods. It really comes down to your own needs.


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