Need help : Economic monopod + head ?

Discussion in 'Nature' started by bhavesh, Mar 5, 2010.

  1. Hey guys,
    I own a canon 7d and sigma 70-200 f2.8 macro II (the heaviest lens in my kit so far) . Later i might add a 500 or 600 f4 IS to my kit.. What i'm looking for is a monopod and a head which is economically viable and also have decent quality.
    It would be a great help if someone can also suggest me a monopod n head for my current lens and camera... and later when i buy a heavy tele lens which monopod n head i should up-grade to.
    thanks,
    bhavesh mandalia.
     
  2. There are lots of monopods to choose from, and don't know that there is so much difference among them as in tripods. I got a Dynatran AT-1015 from Amvona which works well and is also a good item for self-defense. It may well be a clone of something else (Amvona does/did a lot of that).
    It came with a fairly decent head, but I replaced that with a Amvona clone of the Manfrotto 222 grip head. I have compared the latter and the clone and they seem to be identical, but I think Manfrotto may have shut down Amvona's sales of that one. This works well with my Reflex-Nikkor 500mm lens on my various Canon bodies.
     
  3. I agree with the above; monopods aren't as important, and I don't think you need to spend a boatload.
    For example, as a sports shooter, for me, the monopod functions purely to relieve my arms from the weight of the lens, and I'm not so much looking for low shutter speed stabilization out of it. If you want to get that out of a monopod, I'm probably not the person to give advice about that so I'll refrain.
     
  4. For nature, you're going to want a tripod. Monopods are great for times when space is at a premium, but for nature work you usually have all of the space you need and a tripod allows you to spend more effort on your subject and less on balancing your gear. I pretty much quit using my monopod with my 600/4, except on very rare occasions.
     
  5. Craig Meddaugh wrote: "For nature, you're going to want a tripod."
    Not me. I use a tripod only when the monopod won't do. The tripod has three times as many legs to get tangled in the brush and has to be lifted clear of the brush (sometimes well above my head level) to move it sideways a few inches. With the monopod I can lean sideways instead & use the lens' rotating tripod mount to level the camera. I use the monopod and manfrotto tilt head with lenses as long as 560mm.
     
  6. ... you could close the tripod in that situation and use it exactly like a (bulky) monopod.
     
  7. Craig Meddaugh wrote: "... you could close the tripod in that situation and use it exactly like a (bulky) monopod."
    here's why not:
    a) bulky
    b) heavy
    c) legs flop around too much
    d) still has too many legs that get tangled in the brush.
    How do I know? Been there, done that, got the bruises.
     
  8. I use a Bogen 3218 with a 3232 tilt head and a Arca-style quick release (bought it from Kirk) when a tripod won't work. I try to brace against something when I use it. IS helps too. It cannot replace the tripod but it does help in some situations.
     
  9. How do I know? Been there, done that, got the bruises.​
    Me too... but I still find the tripod to be the way to go.
     
  10. Different horses for different courses I suppose
     
  11. Craig Meddaugh wrote: "Different horses for different courses I suppose"
    Yes I agree. There's no single "way to go".
     
  12. vanguard makes a nice composite monopod..light weight..and solid.
     

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