Monopod advice needed

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by anewman143, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. anewman143 macrumors regular

    anewman143

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    I've got a Slik tripod, but it's a bit heavy for casual everyday use - but it is super for low light/long exposure work....love it!

    Would also like to get a monopod for purposes outlined in other posts here - won't go into all of that...

    I'd like a lighter one and am OK with carbon fiber - I like the Manfrotto 694CX or 695CX - but I am a little confused about one thing (my wife would say about a lot of things but I digress:eek:).

    The "head"...as I see the monopod pics online, it has a flat plate on top - I can then choose any head for it...but have no clue how to choose one. Do I even need a "head" on it?? I'm not a professional photographer by any means but what I consider an "aggressive amateur"...moved up to a 5D Mark II recently from an XSi and am LOVING the full frame and light sensitivity...really amazing upgrade with my L glass.

    So - advice on monopod heads? Also go with Manfrotto? Why/why not??

    Inquiring minds want to know...

    Thanks!

    Adam
     
  2. bdj33ranch macrumors regular

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    Check out trekking poles like the REI Hiker Shock Light Staff (rei.com). It has a monopod capability. I have one similar that I bought years ago that had a compass built into the handle.
     
  3. patrick0brien macrumors 68040

    patrick0brien

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    I use this head on my monopod.

    Perfect for Sports Photography's tendency to make you get up and boogie to the next location.
     
  4. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

    Designer Dale

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    The Manfrotto 694CX has 4 sections and the 695CX has 5. It folds up a bit shorter. In general regarding camera support, the fewer the leg sections the more stable the platform for your camera.

    I have an aluminum Manfrotto monopod, but I don't know the model. It's in my truck (always is). I have a swivel head on it instead of the ball head. It works just fine for me. Ball heads seem more suited for tripods where the base is stationary.

    Dale
     

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