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    Nic_WA
    Nic_WA  9179 forum posts Australia2 Constructive Critique Points
    6 May 2008 - 9:37 AM

    I'm looking to buy a monopod and have been completely overwhelmed by the choice available in the epz store!

    I'll mainly be using it with my 5D and either the 24-105mm or 70-200mm lens. Being reasonably tall (5'9) with ongoing back problems I guess I need to consider how high and how heavy the monopod is.

    Any advice or suggestions would be warmly received Smile

    Thanks
    Nic

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    riprap007
    riprap007  91568 forum posts England37 Constructive Critique Points
    6 May 2008 - 9:42 AM

    there is not too much to choose between them, I got a SH Manfrotto for 20, whch I use far more than my tripod, quality kit

    Last Modified By riprap007 at 6 May 2008 - 9:42 AM
    SteveCharles
    6 May 2008 - 9:52 AM

    I bought one recently, a Manfrotto 679 and 234RC quick release head, which allows the camera to switch between landscape and portrait and uses the same QR plate as my tripod, which is all I wanted out of the head. Nice and sturdy, same sort of construction as my 055 pro tripod, and not too expensive - combined price of monopod/head about 50. And that was in Jessops, so no doubt cheaper elsewhere but I was too lazy to shop around Wink

    I'm a couple of inches taller than you, and I would say it's slightly too high fully extended, so no problem for you.

    Nic_WA
    Nic_WA  9179 forum posts Australia2 Constructive Critique Points
    6 May 2008 - 10:25 AM

    Thanks guys...I'll have a look and see if either of those are available here in Oz. The quick release head sounds good and since my tripod's also a Manfrotto, hopefully the plate will be the same too. Smile

    adamduckworth
    6 May 2008 - 11:17 AM

    There's one stand out monopod in my book, the Manfrotto Neotec one!
    Just do it!

    Nic_WA
    Nic_WA  9179 forum posts Australia2 Constructive Critique Points
    6 May 2008 - 11:27 AM

    I don't need encouraging Adam! Just checked it out on the Manfrotto site - they describe it as "the fastest monopod in the world" Smile I can see the pros - any cons you've discovered with that one?

    akh
    akh e2 Member 101142 forum postsakh vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
    6 May 2008 - 11:52 AM

    Another recommendation for the Manfrotto Neotec. Best monopod I've owned, and I've had a few over the years. Only con I find is that it only collapses down to 30 inches but extends to 67 inches (without any head).
    Tony

    Nic_WA
    Nic_WA  9179 forum posts Australia2 Constructive Critique Points
    6 May 2008 - 12:08 PM

    Any suggestions as to which head to go with it?

    riprap007
    riprap007  91568 forum posts England37 Constructive Critique Points
    6 May 2008 - 12:24 PM

    the grip action ball head is great to use with the mono, quick precise now fiddling (it's not a tripod!)

    Nic_WA
    Nic_WA  9179 forum posts Australia2 Constructive Critique Points
    7 May 2008 - 12:07 AM

    Thanks Nick Smile

    riprap007
    riprap007  91568 forum posts England37 Constructive Critique Points
    7 May 2008 - 9:38 AM

    or, if you want much cheaper but just as good try the HQ-trihead 50, half the price of a Manfrotto, does the same job and built like a tank

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