MONOPOD [WTB]

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  1. Pure

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    So the one I have now is cheap, but it does the job, but with the holidays coming up, I'd rather get one that's stronger and a lot more rigid.

    Some Needed Specs:

    -Will be long enough for a guy 6'2" WITH SPARE DISTANCE [for standing on even stairs, etc.]
    -$150 or less
    -Material does not matter
    -Must support ATLEAST 10 POUNDS
    -Recommended Accessories [Ball head? I usually just pivot my whole body though.]

    Use BH or a reliable source PLEASE for links.
     
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    Too short.
     
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    Manfrotto 681 and the suction cup replacement foot. I am 6'3" shooting a 400mm f2.8 on it with the lowered Wimberly replacement foot on the lens. At full extension it is still too tall for me.
     
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    I'll take a look at that. thanks. Anybody else? DON'T FORGET I'm TALL
     
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    manfrotto 685b - have had this for over a year and love it love it... I'm 6'2 and it is the right height with a bit to spare. I also put this simple head on it. I don't use it much for swiveling, but i do love the quick release.
     
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    I am just a shade shy of 6'2" and I really like my 4 section Velbon Carbon Fiber Shirpa. It wouldnt be long enough for shooting from a stair above ground level, but it is so rigid and strong that you could use it as a club if anyone was trying to steal your gear. I put a swivel on top, and it is plenty long enough for me. $100 and its the last monopod I will own.
     
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    Don't know if it will be tall enough but I just got the Manfrotto 679B, It is amazing for the price!
     
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    Here's a video from Yuri on his [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOFkCZ6TtGQ&sdig=1]manfrotto monopod[/ame] - happens to be the one i posted too by the way LOL
     
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    I'll take a look at all of these, but I'd prefer a monopod that is a twist and lock.
     
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    I don't quite get the ball head/Custom Bracket combination. Seems a bit redundant since either will allow you to shoot in landscape or portrait mode on their own. The use of a ball head on a monopod for portrait shooting also decreases the stability of the setup by putting the weight off of the center axis. I also was not impressed with the wobble that I observed in the entire setup as pictured.

    I have used my 681 with a custom bracket on the top for some shoots and it does work well with a body and short glass for portrait work.
     

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