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12-26-2014, 08:43 PM   #1
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Monopod head suggestions

I'm looking for a monopod head for around $50-$75. I'm leaning towards a ball head. I really don't want a quick release on it, if possible. Also rated for at least 10#.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

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I never could use the monopod for mounting camera that well. I use it for mounting flash on hiking trips. I screw an Impact three flash mount on the monopod. Still looking for a comfortable and small hand grip for the monopod with screw threads.
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Thanks, but I do want to mount my camera on it; that's why I wanted suggestions for a head. The one I have, I don't like.
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Which one do you have?

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I have the Benro S2. The reason I'm not happy with it, is using the quick release is a "fumble job". It simply does not slide in/out easily with the camera attached. Also the lever that tightens the QR plate is almost impossible to reach, as it's very close to the bottom of the camera. It's a nice outfit, but I don't like having to struggle when using it.
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Manfrotto 234RC is inexpensive and tilts in one direction.
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QuoteOriginally posted by derekkite Quote
Manfrotto 234RC is inexpensive and tilts in one direction.
Try the Manfrotto 234, it's the same as above but without the quick release that you said you didn't want.

But it's only rated to a safety payload of 5.51 lbs or 2.5 kgs (not sure what "at least 10#" is)


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QuoteOriginally posted by Kerrowdown Quote
(not sure what "at least 10#" is)

You're on the right track, # is the symbol for pounds, so, at least 10 lbs........................
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QuoteOriginally posted by Al_Kahollick Quote
You're on the right track, # is the symbol for pounds, so, at least 10 lbs........................
Yes, I meant 10 lbs, sorry about using the "pound sign #".

I want a little "overkill" as far as weight bearing on the head.
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QuoteOriginally posted by csa Quote
"pound sign #"
we use for that, it's in the same place on the keyboard.

QuoteOriginally posted by csa Quote
"overkill"
Obviously your planing on mounting bazookas then.

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Manfrotto's QR aren't the same as Benro's. I have a ball head that tilts in one direction and the controls aren't hard to reach, it has a QR plate that's easy to use. I am not sure of the model number but will check my box it came in, nor am I sure of the pound rating. Will get back to you on that, too.
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Here is the info on mine: It holds my K-30 and macro setup just fine.

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Bogen - Manfrotto 3229 Swivel Tilt Monopod Head with Quick Release - Supports 5.6 lb
Why do you need it to hold 10 pounds? Do you have an extra heavy lens?

Link from Adorama:
http://www.adorama.com/BG3229.html

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The head you have now is rated at 5.5 pounds. Is it up to the task? If so, one of the Manfrotto RC2 ball heads in the 50-75$ range ought to work for you. I don't find the QR fiddling at all.
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we use for that, it's in the same place on the keyboard.



Obviously your planing on mounting bazookas then.
You never know, living in the wilds of Montana!
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Here is the info on mine: It holds my K-30 and macro setup just fine.



Why do you need it to hold 10 pounds? Do you have an extra heavy lens?

Link from Adorama:
Manfrotto 234RC Swivel Tilt Monopod Head 234RC
I just guessed on the weight, as as I have a 55-300, and a Tokina 400 (coming) lenses. With the 400, the total weight would be around 4 lbs. so I don't want to buy another head that would be "underweight".

That looks like a head that would work well for me, it has about the same weight limit as my current one. I'll definitely consider that one! I have the same brand of head on my tripod, and am very satisfied with it. I'm very disappointed in the Benro head, it's very well made, but not well thought out for usage. While it works very well, it's just too much of a bother with the QR plate and the tightening lever that I can hardly tighten with the camera on.

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