Although they can be pricey, have a look at carbon fiber mono pods..
IMHO, there is no advantage to a heavy monopod..
Be careful that the monopod you choose is strong and stiff enough for the camera lens combination you will be using. For hiking, if your budget will allow, get one of the Gitzo carbon fiber monopods..
I use the Gitzo GM5540 monopod to support my Nikon D3 and 300mm f2.8 lens for sports photography. It is stiff, strong, durable and light. (I would choose a lighter series monopod for hiking because, presumably I would be carrying a lighter camera and lenses.).
I've got two other aluminium monopods in my cupboard that never get used. It would have been cheaper to buy the good stuff the first time......
I think so long as the sections don't wiggle, weight doesn't matter much. THat said, I don't think the manfrottos are that heavy...
When using a monopod, the monopod and your legs are the three legs of a tripod. Frequently, the most stable position is not with the monopod vertical but at an angle.Patrick T. KellyOaxaca, Mexico..
The best monopod is the one that you are going to use. If you buy a heavy monopod and never take it with you because it is heavy, then you wasted money..
I have a very lightweight one I use when hiking, and I am thinking about upgrading it to a carbon fiber one. Like anything else with cameras, you get what you pay for. Heavy ones are more stable and usually longer. Length is the most important factor..
Hope that helps..
A light monopod is generally adequate, I expect you will not be hiking with 10kgs of camera + lens. Two cautions, however, are to ensure the devices that clamp the sections together are not cheap and flimsy, and the tilt/swivel quick release on the top (if so equipped) is robust and reliable..
Monopods, like their 3 legged cousins, have a weight rating, this is a pretty good guide for suitability..
First I'll describe one way I use my Manfrotto monopod (681B w/3229 head + modified 361 shoulder brace). Then I'll argue that to use this technique, there is a minimum weight..
When I'm shooting racing cars, I like to position myself in the center of a turn on the course and pan with the cars. If the monopod is on the ground, it swings in an arc such that the camera doesn't stay level. To solve that problem, I shorten the monopod such that it's about 6" from the ground (it has to be this far up to clear my feet). I position my left hand at the balance point on the monopod...this is the place where the weight of the camera and lens (on one side) ballances the weight of the monopod (on the other side). In this way, when I accelerate the whole contraption, it doesn't change orientation..
If you don't get what I am saying, just try what I described and it will be obvious..
Now to part 2....
If the monopod is too light, there will be no way (save adding a weight to the end) to get it to ballance. With my D300 and a Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 lens attached, the 681B is a perfect weight...my hand is just below the head where it's supposed to be. .
When no action is pending, I just set the monopod on the ground so that I don't have to hold it all day....
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.....Any, my question is, the heavier ones more stable? Since monopodstand vertically, obviously, and the weight of the camera and yourhands rest on it, do I need it to be heavy??.
Good monopod technique requires the use of the pod at an angle. You are pressing down onto it. It is important that it is stout enough not to bend/bow under such use:.
It follows that you also need a pod that(i) extends to you eye height plus say 6 inches.
(ii) can take the weight of your came plus heaviest lens plus ball head with a godd safety margin - I would say 3x that max weight. reember you are pressing down into that pod sometimes..
Of course almost all decisions are compromises. If you are hiking you will want to keep the weight down but balancing your cam on top of a vertical stick is most definitely not the way to get the best out of a monopod!.
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I'm thinking of getting a monopod. The Manfroto ones are quiteheavy, that is good and bad I guess..
Any, my question is, the heavier ones more stable? Since monopodstand vertically, obviously, and the weight of the camera and yourhands rest on it, do I need it to be heavy??.
I prefer to get a light weight one as I go hiking..
Anyway feedback on what brand and type of monopod to get please.light or heavy?..