Cheap monopod setup

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by cleanup, May 30, 2011.

  1. cleanup macrumors 68030

    cleanup

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    Jun 26, 2005
    Location:
    Toronto
    #1
    Hey everyone,

    I'm looking to get a cheap monopod setup. However I want it to have a ballhead and a quick-release plate just like my tripod.

    This is my plan:

    Canon Monopod 500 w/ mini ballhead
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/727775-
    REG/Canon_4782B001_Monopod_500.html

    or the Slik Lighty Pod III (w/ ballhead)
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/469630-REG/Slik_618_719_Lighty_Pod_III.html

    Plus the Manfrotto 323 RC2 quick release adapter w/ plate:
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/554141-REG/Manfrotto_323_323_RC2_System_Quick.html

    Am I right in assuming that either of those monopods will work just fine with the adapter? I want that adapter specifically because it includes and uses the same plate that I already own for my tripod.

    Also, is there any reason to pick the Slik over the Canon? The ballhead appears a bit beefier/sturdier but I am really unsure.

    Cheers! :)
     
  2. mtbdudex macrumors 68000

    mtbdudex

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2007
    Location:
    SE Michigan
    #2
    They all use std screw, so all should work with adapter plate.

    fwiw, I bought this monopod from REI in 1999, its really a hiking monopod with a removable ball top for attaching camera.
    Measures 51 inches open and 28.5 inches closed; grip length is 8 inches
    I've used it countless times indoors where tripod is too clumsy; church/museum/etc.
    Great also for shooting video to keep eliminate those shakes/tired arms.
    Plus, having a walking/hiking stick is double bonus!
    we took it backpacking in 1999 to Isle Royale and the Porcupine Moungtains (both in Michigan's upper peninsula )
    http://www.rei.com/product/745686/rei-hiker-shock-light-staff
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