Carbon Mono Advice

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Mr.Noisy, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. Mr.Noisy macrumors 65816

    Mr.Noisy

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    #1
    I'm after advice on which Carbon Fibre Monopod is best for the money, I want a sub £100 carbon Mono for a Canon 5D mkII with either 24-105 or 70-200mm attached, I tried searching but couldn't find the answer I needed, basically I want something I can sling on my back for long days walking but gives nice steady support, I usually walk over hills/mountains so the tripods a bit clumsy hence a nice light carbon monopod seems ideal, any views on a good head would be nice too, ive already got a 234rc and 496rc manfrotto heads but would like to hear of a simpler alternative too.

    thanks ;)
     
  2. Designer Dale, Apr 10, 2012
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    I have the following Manfrotto aluminum monopod
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/5478-REG/Manfrotto_679B_679B_3216_3_Section.html

    The carbon fiber version is this one
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/592408-REG/Manfrotto_694CX_694CX_Carbon_Fiber_4_Section.html

    It weighs 0.1 lb less, but costs around $100 USD more.

    Gitzo makes a CF monopod, too. It weighs 1.1 lb.
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/553781-REG/Gitzo_GM2541_GM2541_6X_Carbon_Fiber.html

    I also have that pan/tilt head you list, but I don't really like it. The only solution simpler is to just mount the camera directly to the monopod.

    Dale

    Edit: This from Mountain Smith might be of interest.
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/750995-REG/Mountainsmith_11_9100_01_Trekker_FX_Hiking_Pole.html
     
  3. Mr.Noisy, Apr 11, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2012

    Mr.Noisy thread starter macrumors 65816

    Mr.Noisy

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    Thanks Designer Dale, had a look around, either looking at Slick or Gitzo, then i'll do some small ballhead research, appreciate the links ;) just needs to fold small to strap it on the side of a small backpack, i'm hopefully going to come from the UK and visit B&H next year if all goes well, thanks.

    ** update: thanks to Designer Dale I have decided to buy the Manfrotto 694cx, carbon fibre, weighs 590g and will take over from my 1400g manfrotto 680b, the weight saving will be great on long walks, so thanks for your help in helping me make a decision Dale **
     

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