Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
05-12-2014, 07:57 PM   #1
Forum Member
Genobreaker's Avatar

Join Date: May 2013
Location: Kansas
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 73
Monopod

Hello everyone. Looking to get a monopod and was looking for suggestions.
Would like it to be pretty compact when collapsed, not too expensive and possibly have ball head. Though I've had some people tell me buy the ball head separately.
Load capacity isn't much of an issue since the heaviest be a little over a kg (Kr with Tamron 70-300 f4-5.6), but may add more weight in the future if I get more accessories like flash or a bigger lens. Primary use would be for shooting animals at zoos and parks.

If you guys have any suggestions, I'd greatly appreciate it. Thank you.

05-12-2014, 08:05 PM   #2
Veteran Member
crewl1's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 9,797
Personally I prefer a tilt head on my monopods, a ball head swivels too many directions.
Oben ACM-1400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod with Swivel/Tilt Head
05-12-2014, 08:40 PM   #3
Site Supporter
Site Supporter
SpecialK's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: So California
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 14,946
I have a 3-section (2 clamps) Manfroto 579B with a tilt head. I don't like the floppiness of a ball head, and more sections seems like too much clamping...
05-12-2014, 09:06 PM   #4
Veteran Member
JayBee451's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Queensland, Australia
Posts: 379
I like the Sirui P-326 Carbon Monopod with Tilt Head L-10, it has 6 sections so folds up very small and is light to carry, but still able to hold 10kg if needed.

05-12-2014, 09:41 PM   #5
Veteran Member




Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Posts: 800
Manfrotto 580B here, with Vanguard or Joby (gorilla pod) ball head. I don't mind the ball head, but I see everyone's point and never considered a tilt head myself.

Last edited by calculator01; 05-16-2014 at 09:13 AM.
05-12-2014, 10:24 PM   #6
Pentaxian




Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Far North Qld
Posts: 3,295
I have one of these.
Blunty made me do it

05-13-2014, 05:53 AM   #7
Pentaxian




Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Sydney
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 443
I have a 5 section Manfrotto 695cx which I think was being runout. (The 4 section equivalent was twice the price). It folds up the shortest of any of the ones I could afford. Also went with a tilt head rather than ball. With a monopod you've only got one free hand. It was Blunty who convinced me to go mono but I wasn't convinced by the kickout supports of the 560B. I'm the sort of person who'd be lulled into a false sense of security, walk away and then watch it topple over.
05-13-2014, 07:03 AM   #8
Moderator PEG Judges
Loyal Site Supporter
Kerrowdown's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Highlands of Scotland.
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 33,163
Ive been using for a good number of years the Manfrotto 680B with the Manfrotto 234 Tilt Head without any drama, his a link to my review.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/accessoryreviews/manfrotto-680b-mono-pod.html

05-13-2014, 10:06 AM   #9
Pentaxian
Lowell Goudge's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Toronto
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 15,401
I use a home made monopod, which started live as a vivitar professional tripod,

I had one, and found a second missing a lot of stuff but which I used as a parts donor Ultimately I took one leg off it and using a wooden plug cut on a diagonal so that the through bolt tightened inside the tube, I attached the head to it.

The ball head works fine providing the lens is roughly balanced and not too heavy.

My sigma 70-200/2.8 plus 2x TC is the limit. My tamron 200-500/5.6 is so heavy and imbalanced it is just not worth the effort.
05-13-2014, 04:06 PM   #10
Forum Member
Genobreaker's Avatar

Join Date: May 2013
Location: Kansas
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 73
Original Poster
I see the point with the tilt head as opposed to the ball head. Have a tripod with a ball head, so have never considered it, but going to look into it.
So far looking, the Sirui or the Oben looks good though the Manfrotto 560B sounds enticing.

For the Sirui, do you have to get a Sirui brand tilt head or can I get a different brand like an Oben VH-R2?
05-13-2014, 04:45 PM   #11
Veteran Member
JayBee451's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Queensland, Australia
Posts: 379
QuoteOriginally posted by Genobreaker Quote

For the Sirui, do you have to get a Sirui brand tilt head or can I get a different brand like an Oben VH-R2?
No you can use any tilt or ball head you like, or you can go bare back.
ThePhotoGadget.com has a good deal on the Sirui.
05-14-2014, 07:18 PM   #12
Forum Member
Genobreaker's Avatar

Join Date: May 2013
Location: Kansas
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 73
Original Poster
QuoteOriginally posted by JayBee451 Quote
No you can use any tilt or ball head you like, or you can go bare back.
ThePhotoGadget.com has a good deal on the Sirui.
Cool. Thank you.
05-15-2014, 12:47 AM   #13
Des
Loyal Site Supporter
Loyal Site Supporter
Des's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Sth Gippsland Victoria Australia
Photos: Albums
Posts: 2,084
QuoteOriginally posted by JayBee451 Quote
No you can use any tilt or ball head you like, or you can go bare back.
Bareback works for me (even though I have a good pistol grip head on my tripod). I take the monopod rather than tripod for light weight and compactness. Using a ball or tilt head sort of defeats the purpose.

I have an Induro CM14. Great value carbon fibre at about $US80.
05-16-2014, 07:50 AM   #14
Site Supporter
Site Supporter
Pauld's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 507
QuoteOriginally posted by JayBee451 Quote
I like the Sirui P-326 Carbon Monopod with Tilt Head L-10, it has 6 sections so folds up very small and is light to carry, but still able to hold 10kg if needed.
I couldn't agree more. This monopod folds up very small and is incredibly light making it easy to carry and transport. I've had a few different monopods in the past and this one is by far the best and very reasonably priced. The added bonus is the retractable spike on the foot.
05-16-2014, 08:04 AM   #15
Pentaxian
bdery's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Quebec city, Canada
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 5,871
One thing to remember is that the monopod will bear YOUR weigth in addition to the gear. It actually has to be sturdier than a tripod.
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
ball, camera, head, monopod, pentax help, photography, suggestions
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Monopod tyronfall Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 15 09-08-2011 07:11 PM
New Monopod Fl_Gulfer Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 8 04-27-2010 11:33 AM
Monopod? emr Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10 01-04-2010 10:36 PM
Monopod/Tripod pixelpruner Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 4 06-23-2007 03:19 AM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 11:02 PM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top