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Attaching RC2 plate to monopod

 
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Oct 03, 2010 20:02 |  #1

This is pretty much a newbie accessory question. I currently have a cheapy Opteka monopod I bought from Amazon (external link). I'd like to be able to use it with my 5D2 which is normally mounted with the RC2 plate from my Manfrotto 488RC2 ballhead. I'd like to be able to attach something to the monopod so that I can attach the 5D2 (hopefully with the quick release plate) so it can be moved from portrait to landscape mode easily -- but if this is not possible, then at least in portrait mode where I do most of my shooting. Can someone suggest what fitting/mechanism I need to buy? Thanks.


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Oct 03, 2010 20:05 |  #2

Get a Manfrotto 323 RC2 adapter (external link). Mount that to the monopod. You get an extra quick release plate in the process.


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Oct 03, 2010 20:20 |  #3

Thanks! Following your lead, it looks like I will also want the Manfrotto 234 Monopod Tilt Head to accomplish the tilting I want.


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Oct 03, 2010 20:25 |  #4

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Thanks! Following your lead, it looks like I will also want the Manfrotto 234 Monopod Tilt Head to accomplish the tilting I want.

For some folks, the 234 is adequate. For me, it's not. I use my monopod at all sorts of "wierd" angles (such as the foot of the monopod way out in front of me while I'm sitting on a boulder) with the camera at all angles to the monopod. Thus, I use a Manfrotto 486RC2 (the ancestor to today's 496RC2) on my Manfrotto 680B monopod.


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Oct 03, 2010 22:27 |  #5

Actually I have the 488RC2 ... isn't this the same, more or less, as your 486? If so, perhaps all I need to mount this to the monopod is this set of Manfrotto reducing bushings (external link) to allow the 488 to mount to the smaller tripod male screw? Of course, B&H is currently OOS....


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Oct 03, 2010 23:10 |  #6

fullcity wrote in post #11028341 (external link)
If so, perhaps all I need to mount this to the monopod is this set of Manfrotto reducing bushings (external link) to allow the 488 to mount to the smaller tripod male screw? Of course, B&H is currently OOS....

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Oct 03, 2010 23:21 |  #7

Thanks. Now that I'm researching this some more, I'm thinking the Opteka monopod might be too fragile to support my 5D2+grip+24-70 without fear of breaking. The fact that it comes with a 1/4" thread may mean it's really not designed for heavy duty work. Now actually considering getting a beefier monopod, like the Manfrotto 679B, which apparently comes with a 3/8" retractable screw attachment. Serves me right for being cheap in the first place :(


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Oct 03, 2010 23:35 |  #8

I'm facing a similar dillemma, wherein I'll have to consider RC2 vs Other QR systems.
On the one hand, I am loath to give up on my RC2 system, but the other camp tells me to give it up and go with some sort of Arca-Swiss system. Unfortunately for me, the alternatives appear to all be in the Arca-Swiss camp, which makes my decision to change over a most expensive one, at around US $33 per plate.

I've already invested into the RC2 system, and it works well for me, including the VERY HEAVY lenses I own from long before the AF variants. I'd much rather replace my ballheads knowing I can also replace the QR receiver platforms on them, but I've had a helluva time in finding out about what will work and what will not. And I'm still looking.


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Oct 04, 2010 00:32 |  #9

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I'm facing a similar dillemma, wherein I'll have to consider RC2 vs Other QR systems.
On the one hand, I am loath to give up on my RC2 system, but the other camp tells me to give it up and go with some sort of Arca-Swiss system. Unfortunately for me, the alternatives appear to all be in the Arca-Swiss camp, which makes my decision to change over a most expensive one, at around US $33 per plate.

I've already invested into the RC2 system, and it works well for me, including the VERY HEAVY lenses I own from long before the AF variants. I'd much rather replace my ballheads knowing I can also replace the QR receiver platforms on them, but I've had a helluva time in finding out about what will work and what will not. And I'm still looking.

I hear you; I looked at the Arca Swiss too (which would allow using the RRS system) but I'm trying to minimize my costs. Good luck to you and me both.


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Oct 04, 2010 00:38 |  #10

I'm giving up on the manfrotto QR stuff. I don't like the RC2 system particularly, I love RC4 but the plates are bigger than I'd like for under the camera body (I don't mind them under tripod collars). So I'm heading the way of arca-swiss style.




  
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