I just purchased a Gitzo G2257 6X Carbon Fiber Explorer Tripod and a Markin's M20 Ballhead.
This was not a cheap rig...
Has anyone used any tripod with just one leg extended as a monopod? I don't know if I can affort to buy a separate monopod and head at this time and not sure if I need to if I can get away with a single leg extension.
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#1. "RE: Poor man's monopod." | In response to Reply # 0nrothschild Registered since 25th Jul 2004Wed 17-Jan-07 08:21 PM
Depending on the lenses, etc., you might have been better off with an M10 or even a Q3, which could do double duty. I have used my M10 on a monopod and that head is so tough, if I were starting over and wanted one head for both I might even consider a Q3. I haven't seen a Q3, but I suspect it is tough enough to do the job on the tripod, especially with smaller lenses, and certainly on a monopod.
(Edit: I think an M20 is overkill for a 2 series and probably counterproductive. I just got one and for any lense small enough for a 2 series, the M10 is just as good and more proportionate to the overall size and weight of the legs.)
Rather than try to use a tripod, you are better off with a metal Bogen monopod. For $40 you have the right tool for the job. If you have a $100 to spare and want CF, you can get a Feisol CT-1401, which is what I use. Some think CF is not worth the cost; I have a Bogen and a Feisol and I like the lighter weight of the Feisol when it is strapped to my camera pack. I thought it was worth an extra $60, but not the $200 or so for a Gitzo. Just MHO.
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#3. "RE: Poor man's monopod." | In response to Reply # 0kamcma Registered since 28th Jul 2006Wed 17-Jan-07 11:46 PM
IMHO, a monopod does not need to be expensive, depending on what you use it for.
For me, I use a monopod while shooting sports. I have such high shutter speeds anyway, that I don't need the monopod for image sharpness. To me, the monopod is just so I don't have to support my large glass with just my arms for a 4 hour football game. I have some Manfrotto monopod (don't remember the exact model) that cost me something like $50-60, don't use a head, and it works great! And even at that price, the Manfrottos have a great build quality and I don't really have any concerns about it having a short lifespan.
If you want the monopod for something else, your results may vary--you'd have to get someone else to help you there.
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