Monopod Advice

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  1. chrism_scotland

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    Been looking at a tripod but I think I'd find a monopod of more use and I've been looking at the Manfrotto ones, now I've been reccomended the 680/681 but Ive seen the 682 with retractable steel legs how good are they?
     
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    dont know about the model you are looking at to be honest , what i do know is i wouldnt be without both a monopod and a tripod :smashin:
     
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    What ever model you decide on, make sure it has a warm place to hold it. My tripod almost froze my fingers off last Sunday.
     
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    What would you use the different types of monopod head for, ball head and three way head?
     
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    Monopod heads are tricky. I'm actually just going through the same process as you...

    I think with a monopod head one of the main reasons for getting one is the quick release plate (i'll make sure my monopod head release plate matches that of my tripod's 804RC2 3 way head.

    I think the most common head is a ball and socket as that allows you to rotate and tilt to your pleasure and quickly.

    But it does all depend on your needs I think. A 3 way head probably wouldn't be very easy to use as you obviously need to support the tripod while adjusting. they are also generally quite big and heavy so not really that suited.

    If you don't want as much movement as a ball head offers (ie for sports you can use the tripod collar of the lens to rotate between horizontal and vertical) and just want the head to allow the camera to pan up and down then you could use the Manfrotto 234 head.
     
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    Thanks Ally, having taken a look I realise that a three way head would be too large and cumbersome for what I'm after, its really just to give me some extra stability and as most of my shots are out and about in the city right now I don't want to be lugging a tripod.
     
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    I have a monopod with three legs that are stored in the frame at the bottom. Not the most stable, but has allowed me to take shots with me in it! Very handy.

    The legs have rusted some what, perhaps down to my lack of care and attention, who knows. They still work...just!

    One thing to considered is the length when stored as mine is too big for any medium size suitcase (ie two week holiday) so it stays at home! :thumbsdow I would like a smaller one that i can attach to my camera bag too.
     
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    What are you shooting and what lenses are you going to mount on it?

    I purchased a 680B to hold my 70-200mm and also for when I occasionally hire a 300mm prime. I shot sports mainly and found the monopod more of a hindrance than a help... I'm fairly chunky tho' and have no issue holding big lenses steady.

    If its for general photography I would stick with a good quality tripod as you will get far better results. Don't go cheap with the head, you will regret it!

    Perhaps you would benefit from checking your hand holding technique? A quick google turns up this: On Handholding


    If your set on a monopod my 680B is for sale here.
     
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    Couldn't find the link before but here is a good head setup (so I'm told) if you are intent on using one: Really Right Stuff

    It uses the 234 tilt that ally recommends along with an anti swivel clamp.
    I haven't used one so cant comment on its effectiveness. It was the one that kept popping up when i was looking at monopds and heads tho'.
     
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    Also have looked at the Redsnapper,
    RSM-284 Monopod & RSH-20 Mini Ball Head £37.95
    Seems very cheap but is it good quality?
     
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    Redsnapper stuff is very well thought of over at a certain photography forum that im not allowed to link to :D
     
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    Your not allowed to talk about that 'photography' site but I've seen it and they do seem to get positive reviews.

    However the OP already has a duplicate of this thread on there so I'm sure he knows exactly where we're talking about.
     
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    :rotfl::smashin:
     
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    Lol, I was just trying to see if they are highly regarded outside of the em other place..................................:oops:
     
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    I think I will opt for the Manfrotto but I will go for the 681 or 680 instead of the 682, as I would be better off putting the extra toward a proper tripod instead of flimsy monopod legs, what sort of head would you guys reccomend for a monopod?
     

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