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Head for monopod?

Bill Meyer , Mar 05, 1998; 02:20 p.m.

Can anyone give me advice on a good head for a monopod. I'm looking for something with a quick release. Is pan and tilt better or a ball head? Something that can hold my A2 with a 300 f/4 and 1.4x tc, etc. I want to use this mainly for wildlife and sports photography.


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Nes Suno , Mar 05, 1998; 02:31 p.m.

The Really Right Stuff people suggest the following: Gitzo G1564, Bogen 3232 swivel head, and the RRS B2-Pro clamp. I posted this in the regular Q&A forum: http://db.photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg.tcl?msg_id=0001BO. You will find additional suggestions by searching for "monopod".

If you're already using the Arca-Swiss style release plates, this is pretty much a no-brainer.

Don Baccus , Mar 05, 1998; 02:35 p.m.

The EF 300/4 has a tripod collar, you really don't need a head on your monopod when using this lens. You only need to rotate the lens in the collar to get verticals, and as far as getting movement in the other two directions it only has one leg, so you get that even when you don't want it...

Brad Mills , Mar 05, 1998; 03:01 p.m.

I do not use a head on my monopod, I tried it once but did not give any benefit only got in the way. If you have a tripod coller on the lens I'd save my money.

Danny Weber , Mar 05, 1998; 05:26 p.m.

I strongly suggest the Bogen 3232 swivel head. It allows you to tilt the lens up or down easily while keeping the monopod vertical. You use the lens collar to rotate the camera for verticals and rotate the monopod from side to side for following action. The head is very inexpensive. Add the Really Right Stuff B-2 Clamp for quick release and you're all set.

Bill Meyer , Mar 06, 1998; 09:14 a.m.

Well thank you for your replies. It looks like I'll just get the monopod first and try it out without the head, if it appears that I feel I really want a head to pan up and down, then I'll check out the Bogen 3232, thanks.

Nes Suno , Mar 06, 1998; 02:45 p.m.

The only reason to buy the B2-Pro clamp from RRS is to have quick release. If you are able to work with your tripod without it then it is a waste of money (and adds weight to boot).

Danny Weber , Mar 06, 1998; 05:06 p.m.

"The only reason to buy the RRS B-2 clamp is to have a quick release"?

Uh, yes, that's exactly why people buy it. The original questioner was looking for something with a quick release and that's why I suggested it.

Shun Cheung , Mar 08, 1998; 07:35 a.m.

I use the Bogen 3232 swivel head and RRS B2 clamp on my monopod too. Obviously the main advantage of the quick release, which is compatible with my Arca Swiss ball head. Unfortunately, the 3232, like most Bogen heads, is a bit bulky, but it does the job.

Marc Herzog , Mar 08, 1998; 05:15 p.m.

I use a Bogen 3229 pan/tilt head which uses a 3266 QR plate. It is light enough and works very well for me.

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