If you were to choose between these two monopods, which one would you choose; or, to phrase the question somewhat differently, which one do you think might work best for me?
I will mount my D700 with Tamron 70-200 lens on the monopod a few times a year--two indoor concerts, one indoor talent show, a handful of indoor and outdoor sporting events, and other miscellaneous indoor events. All in a school setting (K-12).
Manfrotto 679B Monopod with Manfrotto 234RC Tilt Head
Oben ACM-1400 Monopod with Oben VH-R2 Swive/Tilt Head
Of those two, I would go with the time tested Manfrotto.
I recently looked for a new monopod, and settled on the Feisol, as I will never outgrow it, no matter how big of a lens I get. I just use a QR plate up top, not a swivel head. If I was to get a swivel head, I would look to get the RRS though.
I've never heard of the Oben before. However, I have a 679B and I use it frequently with a 400/f2.8 and TC-20eIII, so I'm pretty confident that it'll handle the Tamron 70-200 at a quarter of the focal length and a fifth of the weight. Actually I've been kind of looking for an excuse to upgrade the monopod, and I haven't been able to produce one...
I'm not sure about the head - I use a Markins M20. But while the 234RC is definitely not big enough for the Big Guns, I'd be VERY surprised if it gives trouble with a 70-200.
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>Hi, Everyone, > >If you were to choose between these two monopods, which one >would you choose; or, to phrase the question somewhat >differently, which one do you think might work best for me? > >I will mount my D700 with Tamron 70-200 lens on the monopod a >few times a year--two indoor concerts, one indoor talent show, >a handful of indoor and outdoor sporting events, and other >miscellaneous indoor events. All in a school setting (K-12). > >Manfrotto 679B Monopod with Manfrotto 234RC Tilt Head > >OR > >Oben ACM-1400 Monopod with Oben VH-R2 Swive/Tilt Head > >Thanks so much for your advice. > >Dennis
I you want a very tall and light monopod I suggest you do what I did and use the 234RC with this:
If you have not bought one yet, I would not buy either of those combos. Each of them come with their own proprietary quick release clamp and plate. In the future if you decide to put your camera on a tripod then you will have to find and buy the same proprietary quick release clamp and maybe more plates for lenses or start with something different.
An alternative is buy the Manfrotto 679B 3 Section Monopod with 234 Swivel/Tilt Head combo or the Oben monopod without a head and then buy the 234 Swivel/Tilt Head to go on it. Oben is backed by B&H which is a trusted photography company with a 30 return policy.
When and if you decide you need to or can afford to, you want an Arca-style compatible clamp to mount on the 234 head and an Arca compatible plate to mount on your camera. Giottos make inexpensive compatibles. Top of the line are Really Right Stuff, Arca-Swiss, Kirk, Acratech, and Markins to name a few. As your needs grow you can faily easily by more plates and clamps that are compatible.