Help with monopod decision

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  1. CxThree

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    I am looking to buy my first monopod. I’m fairly tall (6’3”), and am just looking for a basic monopod. I am going to help a friend shoot some high school sports. If I like it, I will invest more in a CF one.

    For now, I have been looking at these 4 models. Can you offer any guidance on them or another one I should consider?

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/463064-REG/Giottos_MM9780_MM_9780_5_Section_Monopod.html

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/5535-REG/Manfrotto_by_Bogen_Imaging_680B_680B_4_Section_Compact_Monopod.html

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...y_Bogen_Imaging_681B_681B_Monopod_Black_.html



    I am leaning toward the Giottos as it's going to be taller and sounds like a sturdy setup. I have never used that brand though. However, I am also fond of Manfrotto.
     
  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Tall is good, but I also like to pack my Monopod with me and sometimes it's too big to fit where I want to pack it....so a smaller one might be better.

    You may or may not be shooting while standing up. A lot of pro sports shooters shoot from a kneeling or crouching position when shooting with a monopod.

    One thing to check out, is the foot. I have a rather cheap tripod, but it's got a nice tip with a metal spike but also a rubber foot that can be screwed in or out around the spike. I was with someone who had a more expensive monopod and all they had was a rubber foot, which fell off.
     

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