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| p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Am I barking up the wrong tree? Monopod heads.... |
If you're doing candid/street, I'd think you have plenty of headroom with the D800 ISO and VR to get what you want hand-held.
That said, I really liked having my monopod available to me when I went in the dark old buildings/churches, etc.
I really like the concept of the quick-switch monopod heads by RRS and (I think) sunway. My understanding is sunway is a Chinese bred copy, and I don't like that way of doing business.
Kirk and Sirui also make monopod heads, and having looked at all four (RRS, Kirk, Sirui and Sunwayfoto) I'd say Sirui is the most clearly a knockoff of the RRS, though it isn't built to the quality of the other three. I'm not a giant fan of the handling of the Kirk.
Sunwayfoto has a single rail vs. the dual rail of the RRS, and a very different clamping mechanism. If you look at them up close, the don't really resemble each other much at all. I don't think it is fair to call them a knockoff.
I haven't seen the Hejnar head in person - the single-rail design looks fairly thin vs. the others.
Sunwayfoto sent me a DT-01 to review, and I liked it quite a bit. It isn't a cheaply-built head and isn't priced that way, either. The DDH-02 is a pretty unique panning clamp, and I loved it: http://enthusiastphotographer.com/2012/07/22/sunwayfoto-ddh-02-and-dt-01-review/
You can't go wrong buying RRS. If the money isn't a big thing, they are terrific. I will say I don't prefer their panning clamp though, and they charge big money for their indexing clamp (which allows you to switch the orientation of the plate - useful when you move from an L-plate on the camera to a big lens with a foot that requires a 90° change). As I mentioned there is nothing quite like the DDH-02, so the combo makes for a really useful setup.
I'd take it. If it is in the way, you can always leave it in the room next time.