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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Monopod Recommendations


I waiting for the Tamron 150-600 (for Nikon) and was wanting to get a monopod to help support the weight. I'm looking for something sturdy, quick/easy for wildlife and birds. Any recommendations, especially for a monopod head? Thanks.


Apr 16, 2014 at 06:20 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Monopod Recommendations


It's not all about the weight with long lenses, you need stability for the length too. I use a thick, solid CF monopod, the Benro C49T (ca. US$120) and a Nest NT-530H Gimbal (both the mono & the gimbal are superb) but you can get cheaper Chinese gimbals that work great (I've had two) however try to get one with a lock built-in otherwise they do occasionally loosen and you could end up having a nasty accident (or your 150-600 could) with the lens slipping out !


Apr 16, 2014 at 10:22 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Monopod Recommendations


another option is the Feisol CM1471R
http://www.feisol.net/feisol-monopod-cm1471-rapid-p-6.html






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Apr 16, 2014 at 11:29 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Monopod Recommendations


the less moving parts on the simplicity of a MP the better.


Apr 16, 2014 at 02:36 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Monopod Recommendations


sjms wrote:
another option is the Feisol CM1471R
http://www.feisol.net/feisol-monopod-cm1471-rapid-p-6.html


I second the Feisol - I use it with my 300 2.8 and have used it with a 400 2.8 with good results. Its light and sturdy, and I like the look of it better than the much more expensive Gitzo CF monopods.



Apr 16, 2014 at 02:43 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Monopod Recommendations


I'm another happy Feisol CM-1471 Rapid user. It's strong, light and folds up to only 55 cm (21.7"). It handles my 500/4L IS with Extenders on a 1D-series body, no sweat. Fujifilm X cameras, too.

I like the RRS MH-01 monopod head, although there are more options now than when I bought mine. I posted some photos of the MH-01 and comments on how I use it, in a recent thread,

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1278175/0#12181738



Apr 16, 2014 at 03:02 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Monopod Recommendations


Add me to the list as a happy Feisol 1471 user and a happy RRS MH-01 head user for my long lenses. I also have used my Gimbal on the monopod but the RRS head is usually my goto option. I use it with my 600II and 2xTCIII so no worries about strength.


Apr 16, 2014 at 03:51 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Monopod Recommendations


arbitrage wrote:
Add me to the list as a happy Feisol 1471 user and a happy RRS MH-01 head user for my long lenses. I also have used my Gimbal on the monopod but the RRS head is usually my goto option. I use it with my 600II and 2xTCIII so no worries about strength.


Thanks for the info. I was wondering about a 600mm lens on this monopod.



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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Monopod Recommendations


I would go with Sirui P-324, you should be fine, great built quality.
I personally use Sirui P-424 for my 400/2.8 VR II



Apr 17, 2014 at 02:30 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Monopod Recommendations


Thanks, this is all very helpful since I have little monopod experience. I do have a tripod/monopod combo, but it's too much fussing around to detach and I don't want to be fiddling and fighting with equipment. That MH-01 looks excellent Geoff.

Thanks again everyone.



Apr 17, 2014 at 06:55 AM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Monopod Recommendations


I took at look at the Feisol mentioned above but donít care for the twist locks. I have a Manfrotto (I think itís a 680) which uses lever locks.

Just my $0.02



Apr 17, 2014 at 09:22 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Monopod Recommendations


I am quite happy with Manfrotto 290 series (mt294a4). Good for 300mm + 1.7x (500mm effective).

I don't like monopod heads so I am using it as it is.



Apr 17, 2014 at 01:40 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Monopod Recommendations


I use a manfrotto 685b neotec and a gimbal head with my Tamron. Heavy but fast to use.


Apr 17, 2014 at 02:00 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Monopod Recommendations


I use the Gitzo GM5561T with the RRS MH-01 Ball Head .

Birdie

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Apr 17, 2014 at 03:50 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Monopod Recommendations


If you get a MeFoto Globetrotter tripod, it can be converted into an incredebly strong monopod in seconds but also is a strong and equally light tripod.


Apr 18, 2014 at 12:32 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Monopod Recommendations


Another vote for the Feisol. I use the new Kirk monopod head with it and love it, very smooth and locks down with a quick turn. Use it with a 300 and 500mm lens. The only nit I have regarding the setup is that I wish it's folded length was a little shorter. The monopod with head and lens is ~30". Often I need to get lower for wildlife shots and sometimes like to just sit on the ground and the setup is a little high. Gitzo make a 5 section monopod that collapses to ~16" that I'm eyeing.

Mike



Apr 20, 2014 at 02:59 AM





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