Feisol CM-1471 monopod and RRS MH-01 Head
I am an avid birder(sans camera)who is just starting to get into bird photography.So I was looking for a set-up that was efficient and portable to carry in the field.
I recently acquired a Feisol CM-1471 monopod and a RRS MH-01 head. I am using this combination with my D90 and a Sigma 150-500. The Feisol CM1471 is amazingly stout. I chose it over the smaller CM1401 as I wanted the metal mounting head over the hard plastic. I also got a spike. The twist leg locks make it easy and quick to change heights.
I put a Hejnar clamp on it and mount the RRS head. Very secure. The RRS head is a sweet piece, aesthetically pleasing and functional. It is the first piece of RRS equipment I have owned. I bought an RRS plate for my lens. Both Feisol and RRS were helpful in answering my questions.
An added benefit is that I can also mount my 65mm spotting scope to the monopod head and haul that around without lugging the tripod.
Definitely did a lot of reading on this site.Great resource.
#1. "RE: Feisol CM-1471 monopod and RRS MH-01 Head" | In response to Reply # 0nrothschild Registered since 25th Jul 2004Thu 19-Apr-12 04:59 AM
Thanks for the report . That sounds like a very sensible setup to do what I think is very difficult (primarily visual birding, but with a camera/lens long enough to accomplish anything and also doesn't inhibit mobility).
How does the Hejnar clamp fit into this? Can't you just mount the MH-02 directly on the monopod platform? Just trying to figure out its mission (and not sure which "Hejnar Clamp" you might be referring to...)
I've never once seen a birder with a scope on a monopod. And I see a fair number of birders with scopes. Very interesting. I would think it would be difficult to operate. Interesting that it works for you
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#2. "RE: Feisol CM-1471 monopod and RRS MH-01 Head" | In response to Reply # 1fdanlo Nikonian since 23rd Feb 2010Thu 19-Apr-12 04:26 PM
I put a 60mm screw knob clamp with a 3/8 threaded hole on the monopod stud. The RRS head has a dovetail to either mount on a clamp or screw in. I just wanted the option take it off quickly in case I didn't want to use it or bang it around in transport.I used blue locktite on the stud when I mounted the clamp per RRS recommendation.The clamp is well made and was less costly than an RRS one.And it is secure.
I do have a nice tripod for my scope,but the monopod option provides more mobility for the types of birds I chase,kind of like having a scope on a rifle stock. I have a lightweight angled view Swarovski scope with a strap attached to the foot plate. Its not that hard to deal with but I do make my living as a field biologist so its not always recreational.
I am hoping to acquire a stouter tripod and appropriate head for the Sigma when funds allow.