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Thu Dec 6, 2012, 04:15 PM

Can anyone recommend a good head for my monopod?

My husband gave me a very nice Manfrotto monopod last year for Christmas, but I haven't used it much because I think it needs some kind of ball head or something to make it more adjustable. Any recommendations in the <$100 range?

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Reply Can anyone recommend a good head for my monopod? (Original post)
Blue_In_AK Dec 2012 OP
Speck Tater Dec 2012 #1
Blue_In_AK Dec 2012 #2
Speck Tater Dec 2012 #4
Blue_In_AK Dec 2012 #7
ManiacJoe Dec 2012 #3
Major Nikon Dec 2012 #5
Blue_In_AK Dec 2012 #8
Major Nikon Dec 2012 #9
ManiacJoe Dec 2012 #11
Blue_In_AK Dec 2012 #6
Speck Tater Dec 2012 #10

Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 05:41 PM

1. I use the gorillapod ballhead

 

I use the same Joby Gorillapod ballhead on my regular tripod, my Gorillapod, and my monopod, so I can quickly switch the camera from one to the other with the quick-release clip that comes with the ballhead.

Google "gorillapod ballhead" to find it for around $30-$40.

On Edit: I use it with my Sony NEX 5N and with my longest (210mm) lens it is plenty steady. I don't know how firm it would be with a really heavy camera. Maybe try one out at your local camera store. Oh, and it has a built-in bubble level.

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Response to Speck Tater (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 06:37 PM

2. Thanks.

I was looking at that one at B&H's site and thought it might be appropriate. I'd most likely be using it with the 7D and keep on using my tripod for the bigger camera. That thing weighs a ton.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 06:59 PM

4. You might need something heavier then.

 

I think this head has a limit of 2-1/2 pounds or so.

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Response to Speck Tater (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 07:21 PM

7. I think they may have a heavier duty one.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 06:43 PM

3. Do monopods need an adjustable head?

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Response to ManiacJoe (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 07:17 PM

5. They can be useful, but not as much as with a tripod

I have a simple tilt head on mine and haven't really wanted for anything else.

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 07:21 PM

8. Something like that would probably work for me, too.

I'm just kind of used to ballheads. I have a pistol grip on my tripod.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Reply #8)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 07:25 PM

9. I have a ballhead and a pan/tilt for my tripod

I use the pan/tilt when I know I'm going to be doing video.

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 07:33 PM

11. A simple tilt head is what I have on my monopod.

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Response to ManiacJoe (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 07:20 PM

6. Not necessarily,

especially if you're doing live view, but I like to look through the viewfinder, so if I'm holding the monopod out away from my body a bit and then pull the camera to my eyes, it will tilt up. Also if I want to shoot down, I would be able to hold the monopod vertical and then point the camera down using the ball head. It just seems a little more flexible to me to have one. I'm sure it's a matter of personal preference.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Reply #6)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 07:30 PM

10. I like the ballhead on my monopod, but then again...

 

...I'm using a Sony NEX so I never put it up to my eye. I shoot like I used to shoot with my twin lens reflex, or else I shoot like I would with an old-fashioned view camera. I dislike having to put the camera in my face to take a picture.

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