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  1. #1
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    Thinking of getting a Monopod

    I have shaky hands so normally use a tripod but want something lighter for carrying around when travelling.
    Do they work. Any tips ?

    The Manfrotto MM294C4 and the Manfrotto quick release monopod head seem to be a good price but should I pay more to get a better one.


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    Re: Thinking of getting a Monopod

    They do work and I have that exact same one. Except I put a promaster ball head on it. The monopod is great, light and helps to steady the shot. They are easier to cary and easier to setup.

    I recommend it
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  3. #3
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    Re: Thinking of getting a Monopod

    Quote Originally Posted by wornish View Post
    I have shaky hands so normally use a tripod but want something lighter for carrying around when travelling.
    Do they work. Any tips ?

    The Manfrotto MM294C4 and the Manfrotto quick release monopod head seem to be a good price but should I pay more to get a better one.
    Monopods are one of the best things to come along since sliced bread in my opinion: I have a couple (very inexpensive) monopods that I wouldn't want to be without. My Manfrotto 'pod is NOT carbon fiber like the example you list, however, so I can't address if that's worth the price of admission or not. As for monopods in general, though, two (very enthusiastic) "thumbs up" from me.

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  4. #4
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    Re: Thinking of getting a Monopod

    Which Promaster Head did use ?

  5. #5
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    Re: Thinking of getting a Monopod

    They work but not for me,bought a manfrotto and ball head gave it a couple of weeks and still found it annoying,thats why i opted for a lighter tripod than my benbo and the gimbal,if you can make one work for you then they look to be great.
    Think there are a couple of you tube vids on how to use them
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  6. #6
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    Re: Thinking of getting a Monopod

    Its the BS-08 ball head, I have the BS-18 on my tripod so I wanted to make sure I go between them without changing up things.
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    Kevin

    www.kevinstillwellphotography.com

    "A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed." Ansel Adams

    Nikon D600 gripped
    Nikon FX lenses 24-85, 50mm f/1.8G,105 VR 2.8 Macro,70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II , 85mm f/1.8 G, 18-35 f/3.5-4.5 G ED
    Nikon TC-20E III
    SB-700, SB-910 AF Speedlight
    Manfrotto monopod 294 carbon fiber w/ProMaster BS-08 ball head
    Eye-Fi Pro X2, WU-1B, PocketWizard Plus III's
    Raynox 250

  7. #7
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    Re: Thinking of getting a Monopod

    I have a Manfrotto 680B with a 234RC head (tilt top quick release) that I use for shooting sports. It works very well to stabilize the camera for that purpose. Personally, I do not like using a ball head on a monopod, the tilt top gives me the flexibility I need without a lot of extra bulk and complexity. I have thought about purchasing a carbon fiber one but I would go with the 694CX, even though it is about twice the cost, due to the heavier construction and the additional height. With the D800 I would definitely consider the 694CX (or the 695CX).
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  8. #8
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    Re: Thinking of getting a Monopod

    ^ They both support the same weight, the 694 is longer than the 294
    Kevin

    www.kevinstillwellphotography.com

    "A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed." Ansel Adams

    Nikon D600 gripped
    Nikon FX lenses 24-85, 50mm f/1.8G,105 VR 2.8 Macro,70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II , 85mm f/1.8 G, 18-35 f/3.5-4.5 G ED
    Nikon TC-20E III
    SB-700, SB-910 AF Speedlight
    Manfrotto monopod 294 carbon fiber w/ProMaster BS-08 ball head
    Eye-Fi Pro X2, WU-1B, PocketWizard Plus III's
    Raynox 250

  9. #9
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    Re: Thinking of getting a Monopod

    I have the Vanguard carbon below, which has good height (I'm 6' 7") and is very stable; well worth the money in my opinion. Very handy as a walking stick when I'm out in the canyons. Unfortunately, their goods are often hard to find in stock.
    wev

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    Nikon 35mm/1.8, Nikon 50mm/1.8
    Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT tripod, CP324 monopod
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  10. #10
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    Re: Thinking of getting a Monopod

    I have an older manfrotto monopod and always keep it in my vehicle. Folds up small and lighter than a tripod when I go for a walk plus it doubles as a comfortable to hold walking stick A tripod is sturdier but also heavier to carry and takes longer to set up when you're walking and come upon wildlife.
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    Accessories Manfrotto tripod/monopod, remote, carry speed strap
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