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« on: July 10, 2007, 07:12 »
I am planning on getting a Monopod at the same time that I get the 100-400L. I can work out what monopod to get but having never used one, am not sure what sort of head to get.

1. No head. Screw straight onto monopod
2. Ball head
3. Monopod head

Looking at sports events, the pros seem to use (1). However, that isn't practical for me as it means I cant shot portrait or use a quick release plate.

I am also not sure about (2).

Manfrotto makes a special monopod head which just also you to flip + or - 90 degrees so you can shot portrait or landscape. It also has the benefit that it uses the same quick release plate as my tripod. Is this the best option?

« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2007, 08:06 »
I am interested in this question as well.  I just bought my first monopod, mainly just to try it out.  I bought a inexpensive one with a simple tilt head with their own brand QR plate, and have found that I like the quick release feature.  But I would like it better if it used the same metal manfrotto QR plate like my benbo tripod.

« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2007, 09:39 »

This is the head I was talking about.  It is called manfrotto in Europe.

People on DPreview rated it well (if you want to read the post:

« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2007, 17:15 »
I have that head on my monopod - it works well. I usually work with a tripod, so I can't say that I've used it a lot, though.

« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2007, 18:55 »
I would go for the ball head because I think that it gives you more flexibility.

But if you plan to use it with a 100-400 lens, it may not be an option because of the weight of that lens.  I used a Canon 28-300L few weeks ago and beleive me, it was heavy.  Don't think that your choice from Amazon would do the job; it has a max load capacity of 5.6 lbs.


« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2007, 01:38 »
I dont do pounds but the site I am looking at says max of 2.5kg.  it looks the same but maybe different (different name for the non US market).

« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2007, 04:37 »
i use a monopod often - i have the quickrelease head shown up above too - i would pick it over just screwing the camera to the monopod simply for the ability of the quickrelease... i use that often - when i want the camera off the monopod, i want it now! I don't want to fool with unscrewing and re-screwing etc.

« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2007, 01:05 »
when i want the camera off the monopod, i want it now! I don't want to fool with unscrewing and re-screwing etc.

I have a super cheap ball head that I picked up when I first bought my monopod. Screws directly into the lens. Having used it for many years now I can wholeheartedly throw my vote behind buying a cheap ball head with a quick release. Numerous times I've lost shots when I was set up to take photos of say sea lions and the perfect shot of a near flying pelican comes up and I'm hitting myself with the monopod trying to get the camera aimed at them. One bit of advise, get a cheap ball head that uses the same quick release plate as your tripod. Then you can leave the plate on all the time no matter which platform you're using.


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