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Suitable Pro monopod?

linuxizer

Birmingham, US
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linuxizer Basic Member
Sat 28-Jul-01 12:11 PM

My dearly-beloved newspaper (high school) is GOING to be purchasing a nice monopod this coming year...although they do not know it yet . I probably cannot spend more than $100 on the pod+head before the sponsor freaks . Weight is really not an issue: I can boss the photographers around ;-P. Usage is almost exclusively for sports games--soccer, basketball, and baseball.

So, a quick search of B&H reveals:
Benbo pro--$95
Bogen 3016--$40
Bogen 3230 pro--$72 (it seems the major advantage to this is not really load-bearing capacity, but the 3 removable legs)
Slik Pro-pod--$90
Velbon MUP-4 Pro--$85

My leaning is towards the Bogen pro with a decent 3d head. I'm fairly new to tripods, any suggestions on which head to use (the bogen 3025, I believe, is within our price range as a combo with the 3230 pod)?

The only thing I can see needing a head for is vertically-composed shots. Otherwise, we could almost get away without one. I haven't considered max height on any of these, but it shouldn't be a problem at this level of price--I hope , but then again, we have a very tall photographer.


Also, for me, I am considering the $20 Bilora 2107...anyone have any experience with this one? Or would I be better off with the Davis & Sanford Trailblazer for $25?

Thanks,
Ari

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