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User currently offlineFallingeese From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2097 posts, RR: 17
Posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1451 times:

I'm thinking of buying a Manfrotto monopod, but I'm not too sure what type of head I should buy to accompany it. What type of head do those of you who have a monopod use?


Mark McWhirter...Contrails Photography
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User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1419 times:

I had one of those Manfrotto's with the rubber neck, I forget what it was called, but I didn't care for it. I returned it. They do make a neat pistol grip mount. Currently I just use the $10 Wal-mart pod. It seems to work just fine.

User currently offlineFallingeese From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2097 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1412 times:

I've looked for that monopod here in Canada, and have had no luck in finding it. I have the pistol grip mount on my tripod, and I love it.


Mark McWhirter...Contrails Photography
User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1395 times:

When in need of a monopod, I just stick one leg out of my Tripod. Works pretty well, too.



User currently offlineFallingeese From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2097 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1377 times:

I have done that in the past, but I have a nice solid Manfrotto tripod, and well it just doesn't work the greatest in confined spaces. I need something smaller since I do air-to-air shoots with helicopters. It's just not convenient enough when shooting out of a JetRanger.


Mark McWhirter...Contrails Photography
User currently offlineF4wso From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 974 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1374 times:

A buddy gave me a six foot length of chain with a camera screw attached through a drilled hole. It works best for lighter cameras and indoor work. I carry it in my C-750 bag and have never had a problem with it when going through security.

Otherwise, I use one leg of a tripod extended like DLKAPA.
Gary
Cottage Grove, MN



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User currently offline2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1366 times:

I picked up an inexpensive monopod at the camera store a couple of years ago when I was using a Sigma 170-500 lens. Using the monopod was much easier than a tripod for aviation stuff, tho it did need some getting used to.

I would suggest a ball type head for it if you are going to shoot airplanes. Makes it much easier to tilt upwards. But work with it to get some practice and find that right height that works for you.


User currently offlineFallingeese From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2097 posts, RR: 17
Reply 7, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1321 times:

As funny as this may sound, but for the majority of the times when I would be using a monopod, I would be shooting downwards.


Mark McWhirter...Contrails Photography
User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 763 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1301 times:

Mark - just curious ... doesn't using a monopod in a chopper transmit airframe vibration to the camera? I was under the impression that you should isolate the camera from the airframe as much as possible.

Cheers,

Colin



Colin K. Work, Pixstel
User currently offlineFallingeese From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2097 posts, RR: 17
Reply 9, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1273 times:

It does to an extent, but then again when you are in some of the older JetRangers, you are feeling the vibrations rather heavily yourself. When I have used my tripod as a monopod while being airborne, I put the leg of it on mine to dampen out the vibrations. Plus, when doing a ridge drop, a monopod is much more convenient.


Mark McWhirter...Contrails Photography
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