Help please w monopod or tripod

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Fred Lebow, Oct 8, 2006.

  1. Fred Lebow

    Fred Lebow Guest

    I am looking for a very light weight - sturdy, compact tripod (packable) w
    a light compact ball head
    or a monopod w a light small ball head that I can also use a walking,
    wading stick.
    I could also use advice on where to buy it?

    Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

    Fred Lebow, Oct 8, 2006
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    Arthur Small Guest

    Feisol makes good light weight tripods and monopods. Ball heads are not
    light weight, and cost as much or more than tripod/monopod.
    Arthur Small, Oct 8, 2006
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  3. For a monopod, as to ball head, I'd think the added weight would, uh,
    er, outweigh the advantage of such a head. But I just screw my 70-200
    lens mount directly onto the top of the mono.
    John McWilliams, Oct 8, 2006
  4. Such a waste when it's proper to use an Arca Swiss in this application. You
    aren't realizing the full potential of your 70-200 without one.

    Rita Ä Berkowitz, Oct 8, 2006
  5. Such a waste of bandwidth; stop following me around!! And learn grammar!

    In addition to it's, we can have hi's, her's and their's!!!
    John McWilliams, Oct 8, 2006
  6. Fred Lebow

    G.T. Guest

    Please explain the benefits of using a ballhead on a monopod.

    G.T., Oct 8, 2006
  7. LOL! Don't flatter yourself; I'm just doing a public service by stimulating
    an idiot into conscious thought. Wake up!

    Rita Ä Berkowitz, Oct 8, 2006
  8. Hey, this is between John and I. I'm trying to get him to start thinking
    for himself.

    Rita Ä Berkowitz, Oct 8, 2006
  9. Fred Lebow

    G.T. Guest

    If this isn't a public discussion then take it to email.

    G.T., Oct 8, 2006
  10. Fred Lebow

    Guy Guest

    Fred - I have a Gitzo Monotrek that seems to fit your need. It collapses
    to 31.5 inches (80 cm) with the ball head. The tip is small but it comes
    with an easily lost snowpack "cup" that fits over the tip if you need it
    to be wider. I have no idea HOW sturdy you need it to be or what wading
    with it will do to the thing but I like it. -Guy
    Guy, Oct 8, 2006
  11. The most stable position with a monopod is to form a tripod with
    your own legs. The monopod extends at an angle in front of you,
    and therefore the camera needs to be angled "down", which is
    easily done with even a cheap ballhead.
    Floyd L. Davidson, Oct 8, 2006
  12. Fred Lebow

    Jeremy Nixon Guest

    I can't even imagine using a monopod without a head. Movement is too
    restricted. I guess if you're standing on the sidelines shooting sports,
    where everything you shoot is going to be in just the right orientation,
    it would be fine, but for general shooting I'd sooner go handheld than
    use a monopod without a head.
    Jeremy Nixon, Oct 8, 2006
  13. Fred Lebow

    Jeremy Nixon Guest

    Perhaps you should learn grammar; "it's" was perfectly correct.
    Jeremy Nixon, Oct 8, 2006
  14. It was a trap to see if "Rita" had the courage of his convictions to
    stick up for himself.

    See if you can find another gaffe in a nearby post.
    John McWilliams, Oct 8, 2006
  15. You got that right!

    Rita Ä Berkowitz, Oct 9, 2006
  16. Hey, I'm the one pulling your strings. I like it when you admit that I get
    under your skin.

    Rita Ä Berkowitz, Oct 9, 2006
  17. Ah, yes, another classic case of projection....

    One difference: I can stop when I want; you cannot.

    John McWilliams, Oct 9, 2006
  18. The fixation you have on me won't allow it.

    Rita Ä Berkowitz, Oct 9, 2006
  19. Fred Lebow

    G.T. Guest

    Well, since I was traveling lightly to China I debated whether to bring
    my ballhead with the monopod I borrowed from a co-worker. In the end
    I'm glad I didn't add the weight.

    I sure got a lot of stares from security in train stations and one guy
    asked what it was. I probably should have had it extended and been
    using it as a walking stick.

    G.T., Oct 9, 2006
  20. Fred Lebow

    J. Clarke Guest

    How sturdy and how light?

    The carbon fiber Manfrotto tripods are very nice but not cheap. They also
    have a very small ball head (model 482)--the head won't hold a huge amount
    of weight but should hold a 35mm or DSLR with a reasonable lens. If you are
    looking for a walking stick that can double as a monopod take a look at the
    Leki Horizon or Sierra (Horizon's taller as a monopod, Sierra's lighter and
    a little cheaper)--they're similar to my ancient Traxx (no longer made as
    far as I can tell) but with a better shaft--there's a knob on top that
    screws off to reveal a standard 1/4" mounting screw onto which the Manfrotto
    482 micro ball head screws very nicely.

    As to where to buy, not sure right now--B&H is on their holiday shutdown, if
    you can wait until after the 15th they'd be a good source for anything
    Manfrotto. As for Leki, try Black Creek Outfitters
    J. Clarke, Oct 9, 2006
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