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I have read several authoritative books that recommend ball-heads on tripods for the ease of operation and adjustments. Would the same be true of monopods? I was thinking that the monopod gets "wrestled" about a bit more than a tripod, as it is only "relatively" immobile at the time of shooting, and therefore will the ball head loosen up more easily and be less secure?.

Any thoughts that you could share with me?.

Thanks..

Peter F...

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A simply single axis "tilt" head is all that I use. All of my larger lenses have rotating rings, so I can flip the camera to any angle.A ball head is too darned "floppy" with any mass on top.KP.

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Comment #1

"Floppy" is just the word I was looking for when I made the original post *grin*. Are tilt heads available via most of the major brands such as Bogen?.

Thanks..

Peter F...

Comment #2

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Comment #3

The way many people use a monopod, the best head is the "rifle" or "shooting" head that often comes with many of them. You attach the padded "v" or "u" fork and leave in place, then rest the lens of your camera in the fork when you shoot..

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Comment #4

Ken: Thanks, I wrote that one down. Any suggestion of a monopod to match. Another Bogen?.

Peter F...

Comment #5

Will: That's an interesting concept. I had never heard of it (but I am new to camera "accessories" *grin*). Can you direct me to a picture of this?.

Peter F...

Comment #6

I used the tilt head in the link for a number of years but now find it too limiting. I now use a Manfrotto 468RC2 ball head. There is a single locking knob which I have facing forward and can easily adjust with my left hand while holding the camera with my right..

With nose heavy lenses you essentially take the weight of the camera & lens in your right hand while lining up for the shot with the ball locked so as to give movement with some friction then lock the ball head..

The tilt head in the link is meant to provide a quick means of changing from landscape to portrait mode but it is slow. If you want to shoot other than horizontally it is too limiting. E.g. I have shot in theatres and concert halls where I am looking down on the stage. It is almost impossible to get a monopod without a ball head to view downwards say 20 or 30 degrees particulary if sited on a polished floor..

You will find an article on monopod technique here:.

Http://www.outdooreyes.com/photo5.php3.

And a series of pages about choice of monopod, head and technique here:.

Http://www.nikonians.org/monopods/.

Hope that helps!.

Chris Elliott.

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Comment #7

I would have to say that this whole subject is, well, subjective..

I prefer a ball head, not the swivel heads. The swivel heads only give you movement in one direction, ball heads are adjustable anywhere in a half-sphere. The only trick is to have a head strong enough to hold your gear when locked..

If all your lenses have adjustable rings, it isn't an issue and the swivel heads are good. None of the lenses I use have the ring, so a ball head is better for me. Some people prefer to mount the camera directly to the monopod... which I would find extraordinarily limiting..

As for a good monopod, the Bogen line of 679, 680, and 681 are very good. They are light and strong. I have an older version of the 681, the 3018. It'll support a Buick. I do need a new ball head, as I jsut switched to a 30D with 17-85IS from a 300D and 18-55, and the old head just isn't strong enough, unless I am very careful. I'm not usually very careful...



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Comment #8

The monopod sold at Walmart, which costs about $20, comes with one. (So do a lot of much more expensive ones, but it's an inexpensive way to try it out.) In post #5 of this threadhttp://www.s3users.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3731.

Look just above the 2 packs of AA batteries and there is a monopod v-mount. Moving about with your camera fixed to a monopod is easier than doing it with it on a tripod, but by using the v- or u- mount you gain nearly the same stability, but simply lift the camera off the mount, throw the monopod over your shoulder and run to your next shooting site. Faster than a quick mount, _much_ faster than a tripod screw, but almost the stablity. I routinely use one to steady an slr 80-200 zoom lens. You can use a v-mount on a tripod, too..

WillWill PrattBarrick Museum, UNLV..

Comment #9

Chris... Thanks for the links. The articles are very informative. Is yours a 468Rc2 or 486Rc2. Perhaps BHphotovideo has a typo, but they only have 486 in their online catalog.....

Comment #10

Does the ball head (for example the 486rc2) come with a quick release feature,... which I would think would be indespensible...

Peter F...

Comment #11

Peter,.

It was a typo on my part. I meant to type 486RC2. The RC2 part refers to the Manfrotto quick release type RC2 which is also available on other ball heads (and can be retrofitted)..

Confusingly there is also a 468RC2. I also have that! It is a much bigger beast and I use that on my tripod..

Manfrotto have some other QR plates. If you are going to acquire some really big heavy telephotos lenses it might be worth considering buying the 486 with a bigger QR plate. I have the RC2 plate on both my cameras and on my 80-200 f/2.8 so I can quickly swap everything round. If I were using a much bigger lens I would want to consider a swap to a bigger plate. But for most people the RC2 is fine..

Chris Elliott.

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Http://PlacidoD.Zenfolio.com/..

Comment #12

Chris, Thanks so much for the tips. BTW, I did sign up for zenfolio but completely forgot about the referrel situation. Coulda saved us both $5 *grin*.

Just put up about 40 images of my June trip to Montana and Wyoming. You might like... though very different from your prefered photo venues..

Pfrailey.zenfolio.com.

Thanks again..

Peter F...

Comment #13

... which may be slightly different now. It's a pretty stout (large diameter) piece, and I use up to 600mm lens on top.KP.

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Comment #14

Some do, some don't. The medium Bogen's do. There are two versions of the tilt head, one with a QR and one without. Some of the ballhead models are the same, one with and one without. You just have to make sure you know which one you are buying! (G).

And I agree, a quick release is a good thing to have..

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Comment #15

PeterNMIF wrote:.

Does the ball head (for example the 486rc2) come with a quick releasefeature,.

That's what the 'RC2' means. There are three different Manfrotto quick releases, RC0, RC2 and RC4...

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