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PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2011 2:59 am 
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Monopod prices vary, and I don't know which one to get.

I would like to try and keep the price down to a minimum if I buy one soon.

Your views?

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Don't know where about you live. But I saw a manfrotto monopod that looked good in jessops for £35. You do have to buy a head but it is still cheap.

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Hi,
I live in the UK and Jessops is national.

I did see a monopod in their catologue for £10 a while back, I think.

I am just wondering whether buying an expensive one would make much of a difference, or whether they are all similar.

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Cheap monopods are often so flexible, you can make a longbow out of them. I tested a couple in store.

I myself went for the Velbon Pro 7 Carbon, but Manfrotto is also a brand I trust.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 8:47 am 
What are you planning on using it for? If its only for your 500D and 18-55 then I think you'll be fine with whatever you choose. I think most monopods are designed to at least hold a 70-200 2.8.


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the heaviest camera that I will be using on it is the 500D with a standard prime or the 18-55mm, maybe a small telephoto at later point (eg 55-200mm), but nothing majorly large.

Is there really a difference between cheap and expensive ones?

I will have to purchase some form of head as well, I may just go for the basic ball one though.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 10:21 am 
I dont really know because I dont really use a monopod,

But Id imagine that for those kind of lenses the cheapest jessops monopod will be more than adequate. At least that way if you decide you dont like using it youve only lost a tenner instead of splashing out

Edit: Ps cant you use the head from your tripod?


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I use Manfrotto Pro 678B (I think, no good with numbers) Perfect with my 300mm 2,8L IS when I shoot sports

Well Im changing to a Gitzo 6X Carbon later

u dont really need a monopod for small lenses like that though.

Maybe a small tripod would be better for u

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jeremy1302 wrote:
cant you use the head from your tripod?


LOL - the head is fixed. It is a £12 one.

On a serious note though, I wanted a monopod so that I would not have to keep setting up and dismantling tripods. You can move a mono quickly, it is more discreet, and I just really wanted some extra support.

When I film video handheld, it obviously shakes, It would be nice to have some stability for stills also.

The tripod heads are too big really for a monopod, If I moved the lever, the whole thing would probably fall over.

They are good if you want to shoot handheld, but want some of the weight taken away, plus extra support.

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I dont really like the Lever system on tripods / Monopods


The G Lock ones are a lot faster and better ^^

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Don Homer wrote:
I dont really like the Lever system on tripods / Monopods


They are good for video.

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