I need a new monopod, as my current cheapo doesn't seem to be able to support my 80-200 AF-S properly. While I wanted something really compact when collapsed, after much searching and reading, it appears that I would be better off to stick with a normal length monopod. That brings me back to my original intention, getting a Feisol 1401 or 1471. My heaviest lens currently is a 80-200 AF-S, and I doubt that I would ever be able to afford more than a 400mm. I will probably get a pro body later, and generally have a SB-800 on the camera. My current thought is to get the 1471, since the price difference is small, and the compacted length is similar. Is there any reason that I should not get the 1471, and opt for the 1401 instead? I have not seen either of these monos in person, and only have the internet to compare them though.
The CM-1401 has a 28mm leg diameter that is equivalent to a Gitzo 2 Series and the CM-1471 has a 37mm leg diameter that is equivalent to a Gitzo 5 Series. If you don't mind the slightly larger diameter and the extra 3/4 lb. get the CM-1471 and don't look back. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
I have a 1401 (very old model with plastic collars).
I use it with a 70-200 with no issues and your 80-200 should perform the same.
The thicker leg has some benefits- for example you can lean on it with greater confidence that it won't wiggle. With a little extra bulk, as Marty observes. Always that portability/performance trade-off. Go with the one that makes you feel best up front.