Monopod recommendations

42 posts
24 May 2014
HowardJ
Photographer
HowardJ
I'm looking to get a monopod for use on natural light shoots where I'll be shooting at slower shutter speeds.

Has anyone got any recommendations?

I'm thinking of going with a manfrotto one as I should be able to reuse the head from my manfrotto tripod.

Thanks

Posted 24 May 2014
photofrank
Photographer
photofrank
I'm using this Manfrotto with the tilt head when using the Nikon 80-400 lens. Very pleased with it.
http://www.manfrotto.com/professional-3-section-monopod
Posted 25 May 2014
marlhamphoto
Photographer
marlhamphoto
I use this five-section Manfrotto carbon fibre monopod with tilt head:

http://www.manfrotto.com/carbon-fiber-monopod-5-section

It's light and compact - perfect for my needs.

I certainly wouldn't want to stick a heavy tripod head on it though - kinda defeats the object!
Posted 25 May 2014
HowardJ
Photographer
HowardJ
photofrank
I'm using this Manfrotto with the tilt head when using the Nikon 80-400 lens. Very pleased with it. http://www.manfrotto.com/professional-3-section-monopod
That's the one I've been looking at. What head do you use on it? Thanks
Posted 25 May 2014
HowardJ
Photographer
HowardJ
marlhamphoto
I use this five-section Manfrotto carbon fibre monopod with tilt head: http://www.manfrotto.com/carbon-fiber-monopod-5-section It's light and compact - perfect for my needs. I certainly wouldn't want to stick a heavy tripod head on it though - kinda defeats the object!
Good point. I was just going for reuse. I'm not sure I need a carbon fibre one as I'm not planning on walking long distances with it on my back. It's more for internal use.
Posted 25 May 2014
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
Manfrotto 681B, it's a tough, no nonsense monopod that is the monopod equivalent if their heavier duty 055 series tripods. Since it's only 3 sections it's easy & quick to use, more sections are a pain IMO and are only necessary if you need a compact pod for travelling, ditto with carbon, no sense in it unless you're travelling.

Edit: just noticed it's already been mentioned. You really can't go wrong with it and another thing is that it fits into the dedicated 055 bag alongside the tripod.

Posted 25 May 2014
Edited by RedChecker 25 May 2014
Chandos
Photographer
Chandos
You can get a 680B for free if you buy one of these bags
http://www.speedgraphic.co.uk/78-manfrotto/bags__protection/24_0b.html

Why not go for a Mogopod? Far more convenient
http://www.photographyandcinema.com/products/mogopod-monopod-stabilizer-m

Posted 25 May 2014
Edited by Chandos 25 May 2014
w4pictures
Photographer
w4pictures
HowardJ

 It's more for internal use.



Don't even think about a head. Your eyes will be watering enough with just a monopod.
Posted 25 May 2014
HowardJ
Photographer
HowardJ
w4pictures
Don't even think about a head. Your eyes will be watering enough with just a monopod.
Haha
Posted 25 May 2014
photofrank
Photographer
photofrank
HowardJ

That's the one I've been looking at. What head do you use on it? Thanks


This one: http://www.manfrotto.com/monopod-tilt-head
Posted 25 May 2014
HowardJ
Photographer
HowardJ
photofrank
This one: http://www.manfrotto.com/monopod-tilt-head
I'll probably give the monopod a go with my tripod head. If it proves to be too heavy I'll look at getting a ball head.
Posted 25 May 2014
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
Why the hell would you want a ball head on a monopod?

The tilt head (with QR plate) is all you need, especially if your tripod uses the same plates.

Posted 26 May 2014
HowardJ
Photographer
HowardJ
RedChecker
Why the hell would you want a ball head on a monopod? The tilt head (with QR plate) is all you need, especially if your tripod uses the same plates.
because it should be lighter and it will let me move the camera to vertical orientation quickly.
Posted 26 May 2014
Chandos
Photographer
Chandos
A light flat base head but this one is also good for video for dSLR size camera
http://www.cameraking.co.uk/Manfrotto+MVH500AH+Lightweight+Fluid+Video+Head+with+Flat+Base.html


Posted 26 May 2014
Jackass
Photographer
Jackass
What's wrong with a piece of string, one end around your foot and the other around your camera? Gentle pull upwards when firing and you have the worlds cheapest and most compact monopod.

Posted 26 May 2014
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