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Monopod help
John Fisher, Photographer
Burlington | WI | United States | Posted: 9:23 PM on 12.15.14
->> Any suggestions on a good monopod for sideline work using the Canon 1D X and 400 lens? Thanks in advance.
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Kevin M. Cox, Photographer
Galveston & Houston | TX | US | Posted: 10:28 PM on 12.15.14
->> Still love my Bogen 681B.
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Dave Prelosky, Photographer
Lower Burrell | Pa | US | Posted: 10:53 PM on 12.15.14
->> Depends on your height. The 681B is the reference standard. It's also a very god choice if you're less than 6'. I'm a bit over 6', and been liking a Benro works for my size that uses the flip locks on the sections instead of the damnable twist licks favored by Gitzo style sticks.
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Brad Tollefson, Photographer, Assistant
Lubbock | TX | USA | Posted: 12:03 AM on 12.16.14
->> The 680B is also a great choice. It folds up smaller than the 681B and is only 2 inches shorter. I'm 6'6" and don't have much issue using 680B or 681B.
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Dave Prelosky, Photographer
Lower Burrell | Pa | US | Posted: 12:35 AM on 12.16.14
->> Brad, all I can offer is this: you look a few years younger than me and your time may come. After about 30 years of leaning over to use a body on a stick my neck got rather sore. Since I got the taller Bero, no problems.


It also adds to the reach when doing Hail Mary shots....
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Josh Barber, Photographer
Huntington Beach | CA | United States | Posted: 12:46 AM on 12.16.14
->> Bogen Manfrotto is always a safe bet. My preference is the 680B: When compact it is about 5" shorter than the 681B so you can get lower when you want to. I like the flip lever locks because my experience with twist locks was when I went to change height quickly I would not get them tight enough.

680B is rated for about a 22lbs compared to the 26.46lbs rating for the 681B. It is also 3" shorter when extended. But even if you are shooting a 1DX with the original 400mm f/2.8 USM you will still be well beneath either max load. Sometimes I have had to give the levers a little tightening with a socket wrench but I think their dependability makes up for it.
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PJ Heller, Photographer
Santa Barbara | CA | | Posted: 3:31 AM on 12.16.14
->> Due to a crazy accident, I recently has to replace my Manfrotto 680B and you guessed it, I ordered another one.

I agree with Dave about the advantages of the flip locks (I had a Gitzo in the past but sold it because I didn’t like the twist locks). And like Josh, I’ve only had to tighten the legs on the 680B once in a while.

One more thing that someone on SS suggested, you can use a rubber tip for cane to fit on the bottom of the monopod if the original tip ever wears out.
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David Minton, Photographer
Denton | TX | USA | Posted: 3:32 AM on 12.16.14
->> My carbon fiber Induro has so far survived 5 brutal years with zero problems. 1/4 turn lock/unlock twists for the sections. Big thick rubber foot that screws into the bottom (no metal tube that cuts through). Pretty tough.

Do you guys complaining about the Gitzo twist locks know that Gitzo totally changed their design several years ago? I too hated the spinning legs while trying to unlock and the varying amount of twist needed to lock or unlock. But that's gone. The newer Gitzo sticks from the last couple years are great.
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Ting Shen, Student/Intern, Photographer
Chicago | IL | U.S. | Posted: 4:19 AM on 12.16.14
->> I used to use Manfrotto aluminum monopods, but hated their lock design, it's super hard/painful to open up in the winter, and their cheap rubber feet that would always be penetrated by the tubing itself then go missing. Now I use the new Gitzo GM3551 carbon monopod, it's excellent. Theres no spinning leg thing that people talk about from eons ago, really easy and fast to change lengths even in stupid cold winter. the rubber feet design is pretty robust. highly recommended.
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Brian Westerholt, Photographer
Kannapolis | NC | USA | Posted: 7:54 AM on 12.16.14
->> I have been using the Giotos 4-section monopod with the exact gear combination you have mentioned and I love it. I love that the rubber foot is not only wide, but also tilts, making it very easy to keep the camera steady.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/318588-REG/Giottos_MM9170_MM9170_4_Se...
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Randy Sartin, Photographer, Assistant
Knoxville | TN | USA | Posted: 8:43 PM on 12.16.14
->> I have the best "Cure All" ever for the Manfrotto bottom rubber tips. Takes two different things (one fits inside the other) and lasts forever, I will have to take a trip to Lowe's to get the exact part numbers.
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Dan Powers, Photographer
Appleton | WI | USA | Posted: 12:01 AM on 12.17.14
->> I love the Gitzo carbon fiber monopod ... but its pricey.
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Chet Gordon, Photographer, Photo Editor
Greenwood Lake | NY | | Posted: 9:35 PM on 12.17.14
->> John,

Spend the money on a Gitzo:
http://www.gitzo.us/

~ cg.
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Tommy Metthe, Photographer
Abilene | TX | | Posted: 1:33 PM on 12.20.14
->> One more vote for the Gitzo carbon fiber monopod. They are worth the initial investment. I absolutely love mine!

And the spinning leg issues are long gone, the new twist locks are great.
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Robert Deutsch, Photographer
NY | NY | USA | Posted: 3:50 PM on 12.20.14
->> +1 on Gitzo CF.. #3551, best is the threaded stud that has a hex lock built in, so it cannot get stuck in the lens mount instead of the pod head (which always is a pain since you can't easily get it out without ruining the threads in the stud). But like any, it isn't unbreakable:
http://www.robertdeutsch.com/snap/
oh, watch till end, and keep the sound up.... :)
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Chris Peterson, Photographer, Photo Editor
Columbia Falls | MT | USA | Posted: 10:23 PM on 12.20.14
->> I paid 50 bucks for a Gitzo carbon fiber from an SS member. I destroyed 681 Bs on a regular basis. The 681b is a good monopod, but I usually bent the hell out of them stickin 'em in mud over over hundreds of hikes... The Gitzo has been great, so far...
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