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Old 03-05-2013   #1
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I'm looking at either the Manfrotto 694 carbon or the Manfrotto 294 carbon monopod.

Does anybody have any views on either or both of them?
Or suggest something else similar in carbon fibre.

Also looking at getting a head, but don't want anything heavy (or very expensive).

Will be using a Canon 7D and a Canon 70-300L on it.
Probably won't be getting any heavier lenses.

Thanks for any help.

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This is a Manfrotto 681B with a Sunwayphoto DDC-60 head. Its not carbon but has done the job from me. The cheap head from Ebay has also been OK. The monopod is the reason I bought the collar for your favorite 100mm lens. Also makes a great walking stick.
I've used it with both 70-200 and 100-400 on both 1DMKIII and 7D.
How is the 7D working out for you?
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Bob, I bought a collar for the 100L but haven't used it yet. Was looking at a collar for the 70-300L but there was only one version on Amazon UK and some of the reviews said it was too tight.

Definitely want a monopod that is carbon fibre.
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What are you going to be shooting? A head isn't really necessary for a monopod and I rarely, if ever, use one. If you do need a head I'd recommend a tilt head, there's no need for a ball head on a monopod and they can actually be a pain.

I use a Manfrotto 682. The fold-away tripod legs are actually quite useful.

You can get a tilt head which will allow you to angle up and down if you're attached at the tripod foot of the lens, or you can use it to go from horizontal to vertical orientation when attached to the camera.
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Scatterbrained, the head looks a lot like the one I had been considering.

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Yeah, the big difference with the tilt heads is the load ratings. The Manfrotto unit IIRC is rated for about 5lbs, so you wouldn't be putting a big lens on it. There are also Arca Swiss heads as well, if you use an A-S ballhead it could be worthwhile to look into one, but they tend to be machined aluminum and start around $90 US. I'm not so sure you're looking to spend that much.

Another thing you may consider on the monopod end is the new CarrySpeed MogoPod. Unfortunately they've been taking their sweet time getting it to market, and it's just been trickling out at limited locations. However, the price looks pretty good and the accessories look good to, whenever they roll out.........

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I don't use a head on my monopod. I haven't made the move to QR plates, but when I do I will probably put a flat clamp on the monopod. The only time it's been awkward shooting without a head is when I was trying to get an owl up high in a close tree.
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I use a small ballhead on my monopod, set up to use the same QR plates as my tripod. This way I don't need to fuss with changing attachments. I do find the ballhead very useful; not everything you want to shoot from a monopod is going to be conveniently "level" with the angle you want to set the 'pod.

The other thing about monopods: pay what you like for whatever material you prefer, but remember that in the final analysis a monopod can never be anything more than it is -- a stick.
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Yeah, the big difference with the tilt heads is the load ratings. The Manfrotto unit IIRC is rated for about 5lbs, so you wouldn't be putting a big lens on it. There are also Arca Swiss heads as well, if you use an A-S ballhead it could be worthwhile to look into one, but they tend to be machined aluminum and start around $90 US. I'm not so sure you're looking to spend that much.

Another thing you may consider on the monopod end is the new CarrySpeed MogoPod. Unfortunately they've been taking their sweet time getting it to market, and it's just been trickling out at limited locations. However, the price looks pretty good and the accessories look good to, whenever they roll out.........

Carry Speed MoGoPod v2.0 - Monopod Stabilizer - YouTube
Unfortunately they don't seem to be supplying the UK yet.

I would consider a ballhead, but had been advised that they tend to creep.
Is this one any good?
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I use a small ballhead on my monopod, set up to use the same QR plates as my tripod. This way I don't need to fuss with changing attachments. I do find the ballhead very useful; not everything you want to shoot from a monopod is going to be conveniently "level" with the angle you want to set the 'pod.

The other thing about monopods: pay what you like for whatever material you prefer, but remember that in the final analysis a monopod can never be anything more than it is -- a stick.
Totally agree about them being a stick. I don't want a heavy stick though.


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