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Oct 04, 2010 08:49 |  #1

I am about to purchase a 70-200 for shooting my son's flag football. I'm pretty sure I'm gonna get a 2.8 non-is version, although there is an IS version locally on CL for $1300...

So now I'm looking at monopods, trying to stay under $200, but cannot find a lens mount part from Manfrotto for their monopods. Can someone point me?


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Oct 04, 2010 09:07 |  #2

What sort of "lens mount part" are you thinking of?

All of Canon's 70-200 f/2.8L zoom lenses are provided with a tripod ring that will mount to any of Manfrotto's monopods. However, if you directly connected the lens to the monopod, the angle between the lens and monopod would be fixed at 90° though you could rotate the camera by loosening the tripod ring's thumb screw.

I use a Manfrotto 680B monopod with a Manfrotto 486RC2 (the new version is a 496RC2) ball head on top to which I fasten the camera or lens. This gives me the ability to have the camera at any conceivable angle to the monopod which I need because of the different ways I use the monopod. The combination of these two runs at about $125 US. The monopod alone is about $60 US.

Some folks get by with a Manfrotto 234 head for their monopods. That has a one-way tilt and works fine if you are not using the camera directly connected to the monopod but instead only using lenses with a rotating tripod ring attached to the monopod.


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Oct 04, 2010 09:08 |  #3

I guess I just found something, Manfrotto 393


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Oct 04, 2010 09:21 |  #4

five0.4tluv wrote in post #11030693 (external link)
I guess I just found something, Manfrotto 393

That is a gimbal head, normally used with tripods and not monopods. It would be virtually useless if you wanted to use the camera without a lens having a tripod ring.

Without having the benefit of having tried the combination, I would suspect that using a gimbal head on a monopod would be a rather awkward way to work. That's because a monopod is not at all stable by itself as a tripod is.

You could get a very similar functionality by using a ball head that's loosened just a tad so that the camera-monopod angle could be changed easily with just a little pressure. When you wanted the ball head locked up tight, it's a simple matter of just tightening a single knob.


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Oct 04, 2010 09:22 as a reply to  @ five0.4tluv's post |  #5

that's true, I always forget that you can mount the lens and not the camera. just seems like I'd want to take the "weight" off the lens connect point and support both pieces of equipment


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Oct 04, 2010 09:28 as a reply to  @ five0.4tluv's post |  #6

Thats not a problem, just supporting the lens is fine, let the body hang from the mount, its designed to take it.

Like Skip, I find I need some kind of universal joint on a monopod and again like Skip, use a 486 I had hanging about to achieve it.


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Oct 04, 2010 09:29 as a reply to  @ Lowner's post |  #7

thanks, I think I know what to look at now.

now on to the tougher decision...


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Oct 04, 2010 10:25 as a reply to  @ five0.4tluv's post |  #8

SkipD wrote in post #11030745 (external link)
That is a gimbal head, normally used with tripods and not monopods. It would be virtually useless if you wanted to use the camera without a lens having a tripod ring.

Without having the benefit of having tried the combination, I would suspect that using a gimbal head on a monopod would be a rather awkward way to work. That's because a monopod is not at all stable by itself as a tripod is.

You could get a very similar functionality by using a ball head that's loosened just a tad so that the camera-monopod angle could be changed easily with just a little pressure. When you wanted the ball head locked up tight, it's a simple matter of just tightening a single knob.

Actually Manfrotto markets that head for monopods, although it also works well on tripods. But it's really intended for longer lenses than the 70-200. For the 70-200 though, I'd suggest either the 234 if you don't intend to use anything but the 70-200 on the monopod, a ball head like the 496 if you also want to use your camera and some shorter lenses on it, or a simple QR mount if you're just going to be using it for shooting your son's football and nothing else.


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Oct 04, 2010 15:51 |  #9

just to add to the discussion and to clarify a bit, you might want to look into quick releases for your own convenience. for example if you went with skip's recommendation of the 498RC2 ball head, you would put a RC2 plate on the bottom of the 70-200 tripod ring. if you have/want arca-compatible, you could get this manfrotto 234 with a kirk clamp (external link). in this case, you'd add an arca-compatible plate to the tripod ring. the tripod ring is there to balance the camera/lens combo. you usually want to mount the heaviest piece, which in this case, would be your future 70-200 2.8.


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Oct 04, 2010 22:58 |  #10

I've been using the 234 tilt head. A ball head on a monopod doesn't work to my liking, and for stuff like macro and birds where I like to tilt it quite a bit then without a head it would be quite difficult to use.




  
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