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Monopod novice: need help regarding plate/head/plain

jadiniz

Estoril, PT
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jadiniz Registered since 25th Dec 2010
Mon 21-May-12 10:50 PM

Good evening.

I'm searching, and reading, and browsing, and I'm not quite sure of my conclusions. Let me start by stating the problem:

1. Want better support for tele/low(ish) light;
2. Tripods are not an option (slow and cumbersome), nor a need (no long exposures). I do have one, but never use it, so it's a gonner;
3. Weight, speed of use and cost ARE factors;

This has led me to thinking: monopod! However...

4. A monopod without head, although fast, light and affordable, is of limited use, due to the angles/positioning/portrait orientation issues;
5. I just hate quick release plates: they take away the pleasure of using my gripped D7000 in handheld portrait orientation. Plus, if I'm not using them all the time, they are kind of a waste, and a pain to install/remove. If I were a tripod shooter, I'd think otherwise.

Is there any middle ground, a simple monopod head that uses no QR plate and adds no significant weight and cost to a decent monopod?

I do have a Giottos MML 3270B monopod with an MH 7001-652 ball head, and except for the plate issue, I like that combo very much. If I could just screw the top of the ball head directly to the camera mount...

Final note: none of my "consumer" lens has a tripod collar.

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