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Monopod - Advice/Recommendations

Nic_WA 13 179 2 Australia
6 May 2008 9:37AM
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


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riprap007 13 1.6k 37 England
6 May 2008 9:42AM
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
SteveCharles 15 2.3k 18 England
6 May 2008 9:52AM
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 13 179 2 Australia
6 May 2008 10:25AM
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
6 May 2008 11:17AM
There's one stand out monopod in my book, the Manfrotto Neotec one!
Just do it!
Nic_WA 13 179 2 Australia
6 May 2008 11:27AM
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 Plus
14 1.2k 5 United Kingdom
6 May 2008 11:52AM
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).
Nic_WA 13 179 2 Australia
6 May 2008 12:08PM
Any suggestions as to which head to go with it?
riprap007 13 1.6k 37 England
6 May 2008 12:24PM
the grip action ball head is great to use with the mono, quick precise now fiddling (it's not a tripod!)
Nic_WA 13 179 2 Australia
7 May 2008 12:07AM
Thanks Nick Smile
riprap007 13 1.6k 37 England
7 May 2008 9:38AM
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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