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Apr 18, 2009 18:23 |  #1

Hello Everyone!

I recently got a Canon 100-400 and am thinking of getting a monopod to use with it and my gripped 30D.

I have been looking at the Manfrotto brand but I don't know whether to get a 3 section or 4 section? What are the pluses and minuses of each?

Can any of you suggest a particular Bogen monopod model? There are many different models and I don't have a clue which one to get.

I currently have a 055XPROB along with the 488RC2 head and love that combo!

Thank you for your help!


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Apr 18, 2009 18:30 |  #2

Are you open to a Gitzo? I know its more expensive but I'm in love with my new one (I talk about it here (external link) on my blog. I bought the Gitzo GM5561 and am adding a Really Right Stuff Monopod head to it. Since you already have a Manfrotto head, just grab another one of those and throw on the Gitzo :)

My previous monopod was a Manfrotto 679B. It did what I needed it to but always felt a little on the low-quality side. I used it with my 100-400 and it held up well.

The only downside to the Gitzo? An order of magnitude more expensive.


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Apr 18, 2009 18:51 |  #3

snatiep wrote in post #7757458 (external link)
Hello Everyone!

I recently got a Canon 100-400 and am thinking of getting a monopod to use with it and my gripped 30D.

I have been looking at the Manfrotto brand but I don't know whether to get a 3 section or 4 section? What are the pluses and minuses of each?

Can any of you suggest a particular Bogen monopod model? There are many different models and I don't have a clue which one to get.

I currently have a 055XPROB along with the 488RC2 head and love that combo!

Thank you for your help!

i'm using a 4-section gitzo 2541 and previously i used a 5-section benro. both are plenty strong and very solid. i would avoid a 3-section tripod because collapsed it would be longer than i like. in fact the only thing about the gitzo i don't like besides price is the collapsed length....i really wish it were 5-section and shorter so collapsed it would be 17" instead of almost 22".

the gitzo has a really cool clip that allows you to quickly clip the monopod to your belt. the clip is on the wrist strap. the problem is monopod hangs so low it beats up your knees. one way around this is to use a nylon flashlight loop that velcros around you belt .... which makes the monopod ride higher and more comfortably.

oh....i vote for 4 or 5 section :D.

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Apr 18, 2009 18:54 |  #4

eric.brown wrote in post #7757497 (external link)
Are you open to a Gitzo?
The only downside to the Gitzo? An order of magnitude more expensive.

An order of magnitude means 10 times more expensive. The Gitzo isn't that much more expensive, is it?


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Apr 18, 2009 18:57 |  #5

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An order of magnitude means 10 times more expensive. The Gitzo isn't that much more expensive, is it?

The Manfrotto is $48 on Amazon while the Gitzo is $350. I thought the manfrotto monopod cost me something like $30 when I bought it but can't find the records.

You are correct...the order of magnitude was a bit off...but barely :)


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Apr 18, 2009 20:58 |  #6

eric.brown wrote in post #7757579 (external link)
The Manfrotto is $48 on Amazon while the Gitzo is $350. I thought the manfrotto monopod cost me something like $30 when I bought it but can't find the records.

You are correct...the order of magnitude was a bit off...but barely :)

gitzo 2541 is about $230, and is waaay stronger than you'll need for 30d + 100-400L :D.

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Apr 18, 2009 22:56 |  #7

Thanks for all of the help.

I think I would like to keep it under $100

Do any of you recommend any of the Manfrotto monopods?

Would you recommend one of the Manfrotto heads to go with it?

I thank you all again for your help!


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Apr 18, 2009 23:27 |  #8

ed rader wrote in post #7758186 (external link)
gitzo 2541 is about $230, and is waaay stronger than you'll need for 30d + 100-400L :D.

ed rader

True. My choice of Gitzo was in preparation of the 500 that I'm planning (hoping) to buy :)


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Apr 18, 2009 23:44 |  #9

snatiep wrote in post #7758777 (external link)
Do any of you recommend any of the Manfrotto monopods?

I have been using a Manfrotto 681 monopod for a number of years now and can tell you it is a very sturdy monopod. Their 486 ball head is a really good fit.



  
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Apr 19, 2009 07:07 |  #10

I use the 3 section Manfrotto 694. It's a carbon fibre 'pod, weighs less than 1kg. Extended, cw 486 balhead and Markins QR60 clamp its 1.88 mt, while it folds down to 615mm.

Not cheap, but I'm happy with it.


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Apr 19, 2009 09:31 |  #11

How about either of these two:

http://www.bogenimagin​g.us …urBrandId=MAN&m​arket=MKT1 (external link)

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Apr 19, 2009 13:05 |  #12

i think the 680 is overkill for your uses unless you want to carry a big, heavy monopod. i use the 100-400L alot with a monopod and 1d. you don't need that heavy of a monopod, imo.

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Apr 19, 2009 13:38 as a reply to  @ ed rader's post |  #13

I use the Manfrotto 679B (3 piece version of tht 4 piece 680B). Very solid, longer than the 4 piece when folded but not a big deal for me. In my local shop I extended all the pods and pulled down on them and the 679 and 680 were the only ones that didn't budge. They had that automatic one but it moved a bit. (I know, not scientific but effective). So far mine has proved to be a good, durable stick. My anniversary present is gong to be a Uni-Loc tripod so obviously folded length is not much of a concern for me. As for the head might I suggest that you get the same head that you have n your tripod or at least the same clamp so you do not have to keep changing baseplates on camera and lenses. I have a Promaster head, its a clone of one of the real expensive ones but in the shop it also passed my tighten and pull test (none of the rest did). I know it doesn't have the Manfrotto name or American names but for me it works fine and one will also find its way onto my Uni-Loc. Either way good luck and remember, all a monopod is is a fancy stick :D




  
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Apr 19, 2009 17:24 |  #14

stogiepuffer wrote in post #7761617 (external link)
As for the head might I suggest that you get the same head that you have n your tripod or at least the same clamp...

Same head? Well, there is no need for a panning feature on a monopod. Example, some use Manfrotto's 488 head on their tripod and the 486 head on the monopod.

Same QR system? Absolutely.



  
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Apr 19, 2009 20:48 |  #15

So maybe the Manfrotto 679 with the 234RC head?

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …B_Monopod_Black​_with.html (external link)


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