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01-03-2017, 07:06 PM   #16
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I ordered the Manfrotto 685B and the 234RC head. Arrives on Thursday. It appears as though I can order a fluid base as an add-on if I want to down the road. Since I've never owned a monopod I thought this would be a good place to start.

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Remember that in most cases you want to turn SR off when using a monopod.

I can think of only one exception I have held the foot of the fully extended monopod onto my turned-out belt buckle to put the camera above the crowd and triggered the camera with an IR release.
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I have an old bogen (manfrotto) monopod that looks like a single leg from my 3001 tripod
bought it in the late '80s
aluminum with flip locks

I have used it as much as a walking/wading stick as a camera support
when water gets in the column I just pop off the rubber foot and let it drain
that is where your silicone or Teflon sprays come in handy
I found Teflon worked better on my bicycle chains than silicone did

you will ultimately decide what you want
but let me tell you why I still use this old thing

when aluminum gets banged it dents
when graphite/carbon fiber gets banged you get chipped resin and torn fabric
if you don't or can't fix it the potential for failure is quite real

flip locks (or t-handled bolts) need occasional tightening
twist locks can wear in ways that aren't easily repaired
some use a threaded compression fitting
others operate by locking on offset tube ends ( if they are deformed they no longer lock)

most monopods will let you put whatever head (or none) that you choose
I use a head that looks like their 234rc minus the quick release

there you have it
my two cents worth

it's probably worth everything you paid for it




http://www.ebay.com/itm/Bogen-Manfrotto-Monopod-3016-w-Manfrotto-Bogen-3262-...p2047675.l2557

this appears to be what I use

I do have the shoulder stock
when I need it it's great otherwise just in the way

decades ago I stitched a sling for it using a military surplus rifle strap/sling
that was one of the better things I've done

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01-05-2017, 07:13 PM   #19
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Twist locks are fussy and unreliable. Lever locks are faster to use but screw locks are more reliable.
Models with fewer extendable sections are more rigid and faster to set up.
The same applies to a tilt head, which is usually all that is necessary for still photography.
I would not consider any model head without a quick release plate.

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I have two tripods and one monopod. Two of these three have lever locks. One has twist locks. I have had twist locks that sucked in the past. These are not those. Good twist locks are as good as lever and as fast as lever if not faster (I can grip three sections at once and twist them open for example). However good twist locks are also not on cheap pods.
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I received the Manfrotto 685B and the 234RC. Wow, sure can't complain about build quality! I works slick. Does anyone have a suggestion for a carrying method? Favorite strap or bag?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Shakey Quote
I received the Manfrotto 685B and the 234RC. Wow, sure can't complain about build quality! I works slick. Does anyone have a suggestion for a carrying method? Favorite strap or bag?
I thought this was going to have a second use as a walking stick?

Seriously, I use a carabiner through the hand strap to attach to my backpack, camera bag or belt when not using it as either walking stick or photographic gear. A case is just extra baggage when travelling (pun intended).

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your hand strap is made of webbing (1/2 to 1 inch)

go to a fabric or outdoors store
pick out some similar webbing about three times the length of your stick and a couple of keepers or a "buckle"
you can make the strap in about ten minutes for maybe five bucks
just look at what manfrotto did and do it longer

note_1:
you are going to attach one end probably via a loop to the knob at the first section of you stick

alternatively I have used nylon dog leashes that I've gotten on clearance for raw materials (prettier patterns)

note_2:
make sure you singe the cut ends of your webbing
otherwise you will get some serious unraveling

I agree with jimjohnson...a case would just be overkill
however a cordura rod case would probably hold a monopod
cabela's had some in their bargain cave for five to ten bucks this summer

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Thanks for the great ideas!
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way back...when my k1000 kit cost 100usd at kmart..

my first monopod was a five foot chunk of locust with a 1/4x20 stud epoxied in the fat end

the smilodons were impressed!
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Tried out my new 685B today and loved it. If I ever break a leg while I'm out taking pics, it will make a dandy crutch. Very sturdy.
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I have been using a Manfrotto MM294A4 paired with a cheap ( but well made) Bieka ball head. Light enough to carry around all day, fits on camera rucksack and sturdy. Also doubles as a walking pole when hitting the hills

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Mine is an old Bogen/Manfrotto 3218 - note that this is not the 681 which is slightly different despite often being the lumped in as the same thing. It's about 1.7lbs and thick aluminum. Currently paired with a too heavy 496RC2 Manfrotto head.
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