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Steven Campbel wrote:
I just picked up a Canon 300 2.8 IS Ver. I. It seems like a lens you can hand hold, but I also hear it's useful to have a monopod. I would also like a tripod and head for this rig, but I know that is going to really cost me. The tripod and head I have now are not really up to the task of this new lens and a 7D. However, perhaps a monopod would be an affordable start.
My question is, what am I looking for here? I know nothing about them, and even less about what...Show more →
For shooting afield with my Sigma 120-300mm my monopod setup goes like this...
First, I slapped one of these...
Rapid Connect Adapter With Sliding Mounting Plate 357PL 357 - Plate Adapters | Manfrotto:
...onto one of these...
Heavy Duty Grip Ball Head 322RC2 - Joystick | Manfrotto:
...and then mounted that combo onto one of these...
Neotec Monopod With Safety Lock 685B - Neotec | Manfrotto:
...and, voila! A two trigger system to point anywhere from overhead to down-low! Pull to go up on the monopod, squeeze the monopod trigger to go down. Easy peasy, no latches, flip locks, twisty locks to mess with requiring the user to take their eyes off their target to fiddle and fumble with...zip. zip. you're there, eyes on the prize the whole time.
The only modification I made to this setup was to flip the handle on the trigger ball head (with supplied tool) to make it left-handed operable. So, left hand on the ballhead trigger, right hand on the monopod trigger, acquire my target, move right hand to shutter and rear AF button...click, click, click. All motions have become second nature, a true point and shoot rig.
Well, that's what works for me! Best of luck in your research!
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