Monopod for serious compacts

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  1. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee SC All-Pro S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 8, 2010
    I'm looking for a good monopod for hiking with my Ricoh GRD3 and Sigma DP1s and DP2s, and at times with my Olympus E-PL1 and 14-150mm lens. Any specific recommendations appreciated.

    Same for a ballhead to go with, unless there are monopods that connect directly to the camera via screw. If not then what camera plate to go with too? Right now I have a generic small one, but I'm wondering if there are better options.

    Finally, I'm checking online everyday, but can't wait for that DP1x!!!

    Thanks!
     
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  2. neilvan

    neilvan SC Regular

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    Check out the Trek-Tech Go! PRO. It's a monopod, tripod and hiking staff all in one. I had one for a while but ended up selling it as I just wasn't using it. The quality was excellent and the ballhead it comes with was surprisingly good. I also have their T-Pod, which I have kept, it is by far the best mini/tabletop tripod I have owned.

    Monopod, Travel Tripod and Camcorder Tripod Outfitter | Trek-Tech
     
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  3. Djarum

    Djarum SC All-Pro S.C. Charter Member Subscribing Member

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    Any reason you want a monopod vs a tripod?
     
  4. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee SC All-Pro S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 8, 2010
    Thanks Neil, I'll check it out. Looks interesting.
     
  5. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee SC All-Pro S.C. Charter Member

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    For simplicity.
     
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  6. Chuck-B&H

    Chuck-B&H B&H Photo Specialist S.C. Charter Member

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    Hello,

    The Manfrotto 682B is a three-section monopod featuring three retractable legs, sure rubber grip, wrist carrying strap, quick action lever leg lock system with 45° flip, large 2.3" camera/head platform with plastic cover and dual 1/4-20" - 3/8" camera screw.

    The included 234RC swivel-tilt head was designed specifically for monopods. The head with quick-release features a one-axis movement which allows the positioning of the camera for a vertical format with the Monopod in the upright stance.

    Manfrotto 682B Professional Monopod (Black) with 234RC - B&H

    With wrist strap. This unique unipod was specifically created to be compatible with today's popular, lightweight cameras and camcorders. So compact when folded, it can be taken anywhere. The quick release, rubber padded platform is perfect for instant camera mounting and removal. Panhead adjusts for desired tilt movement. Five section, rigid tubular leg extends to a full 63". Single action, speed release locks.

    Slik E-Z Pod Jr 617-200 - B&H Photo Video
     
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  8. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee SC All-Pro S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 8, 2010
    Thanks Chuck. The 682B and 681B look perfect. It just depends on if I feel the tripod legs would be useful.
     
  9. Chuck-B&H

    Chuck-B&H B&H Photo Specialist S.C. Charter Member

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    Hello,

    The legs fold up into the bottom and are great to have when you need them.

    Good Luck

    Chuck
     
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  10. BBW

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    I like the retractable spiked foot shown as an accessory to the 681B.
     
  11. Mal

    Mal SC Veteran

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    Sep 23, 2010
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    Hi.....

    I've been and visited this one before (last year)..... I found a lovely Giotto monopod (couple of years ago) for my larger cameras, which suits me fine... and I can use it as a trekking stick at a push with an add on head.....

    MM 55 Professional Monopods

    But its totally OVERKILL with a compact.... so I found myself a much less bulkier version, which opens out to any height you want up to 1.65m... but its lightweight and doubles as a REAL walking stick or trekking pole... and doesn't look out of place with a compact on it. OH by the way... It's cheap as well...:wink:

    http://http://www.xtreme-outdoors.com/acatalog/Store_Home_Trailwise_Photo_Pole_T85P_Trekking_Pole_181.html

    I looked at the Trek-Tek ones... but found them a bit of an expensive overkill as well

    Hope this helps...

    Mal.
     
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  12. deirdre

    deirdre SC Top Veteran

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    I have a Slik (looks very much like the one linked above, but may not be) with a Manfrotto monopod head, but I think I may look into the Trek-Tech. I don't have a tripod and that looks useful without carrying more than I need.
     
  13. BBW

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    Mal, that looks like the perfect solution - for what I had been after. Exactly - a walking stick and a monopod. First of all, I have to do a currency conversion...then I have to have a camera.:wink: Many thanks!!!!
     
  14. Djarum

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    Mal,

    As a hiker, that is pimp. I would love to have something like that.

    After looking at it, it only raises to about 5.5 feet. This would be too short for me as a monopod since I'm 6'2, but for others it might be perfect.
     
  15. Mal

    Mal SC Veteran

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    Djarum.

    I'm 6'3" so I can asure you that one is great for the taller photographer....

    Mal.
     
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  16. Djarum

    Djarum SC All-Pro S.C. Charter Member Subscribing Member

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    Mal, I guess it depends on how one uses it.

    How To Use A Monopod & Multi-Purpose Tripod

    I use my monopod for binoculars using option 2 from the link. Yes, binoculars require eye level height or even heigher(for astronomical purposes).

    It is similar to this, but 4 inches shorter(I have an older "clone" verson off of ebay):

    Garrett Series 1000 Monopod - 78", 8.8 lb. Capacity.

    Its a beast(my monopod is about 4.5 lbs), and my tripod for my camera is much ligther. However, using option 2 with the camera close to head level my monopod is sitting at about 70 inches for a stable platform. I could use it 5 inches shorter, but its not as stable and the LCD is a little low(I just tried it). I think it really depends on how you use the monopod.

    BTW, Learning how to stabalize a pair of 10x50's used for astronomy is good practice for photography and vice versa.

    For hiking and needing a hiking pole and a monopod, it really is a cool idea.
     
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  17. Mal

    Mal SC Veteran

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    Your'e totally right.... but the thread was entitled monopod for a serious COMPACT and the writer asked if there was some sort of hiking pole which screwed directly into the camera...

    I too do bird watching etc, and use a large birding scope, which of course I then use on a tripood or my Giotto monopod for field study as this is what is needed as it takes more weight and opens out to a height over and above what I need.

    But the trekking pole is fo my COMPACT as this is what was originally asked for in the post

    Mal.
     
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