Sunwayfoto DT-01 Monopod Head and DDH-02 Panning Clamp
I'd purchased a monopod because I was going to do some serious traveling over a five-week period: Beijing, Tokyo and Kamakura followed by a swing through Vienna, Bratislava, Prague, Budapest and Paris. I knew I'd be in a lot of dark places that wouldn't allow tripods, so I decided to get a monopod. I didn't like the handling or flexibility of bolting the camera/lens directly to the monopod, so I decided to get a monopod head with a clamp. But adding a clamp also made me realize that the L-plate on my body runs side-to-side and the foot plate on my beloved 80-200 f/2.8 runs back-to-front, which means I'd have to rotate the plate on the head when I wanted to use the 80-200. The alternative is a panning clamp for the head.
The folks at Sunwayfoto offered to let me test their latest head and clamp setup, and in summary I can say I love them. Great quality, easy handing and very small size made me really enthusiastic about using the monopod (which is a Sirui P-326).
I've put a full review on my blog:
You can also see my first thoughts and a few other photos comparing their standard panning clamp to the DDH-02:
I still haven't figured out the trick for posting images here - apologies...
For the purposes of full disclosure, this setup (except the monopod) was provided to me by Sunwayfoto for review. If you've read my blog, I hope you believe that I'm a very straightforward guy - I say what I think, I admit what I don't know and I'd never let anything sway my review of a product: It works or it doesn't. I like it or I don't. I hate fiddly stuff and poor design, and I'll never hold back on those issues. I always try to be fair, whichever way that cuts. That said I'm just an enthusiast, not a pro. Any feedback or insight appreciated.
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#1. "RE: Sunwayfoto DT-01 Monopod Head and DDH-02 Panning Clamp" | In response to Reply # 0simonleung101 Registered since 11th Sep 2012Thu 04-Oct-12 07:17 PM
I’ve been looking for a monopod mainly for auto racing and I ended up with 2, Gitzo GM3551 for local events and Sirui P-326 for travel. The surprise was Sirui P-326 and in my opinion it is very well engineered. Its fit, form and function are flawless. Time will tell if durability and reliability can stand side by side next to the best manufacturers. Anyway, during my monopod search, I had a hard time picking out a tilt head. I’ve looked at RRS, Kirk…etc but did not like the fact that the quick release plate cannot be rotated for lens mount or body mount without using a tool. Right before I made my decision and click “purchase” on the Kirk MPA-2 tilt head, I found this thread about the Sunwayfoto combo by Enthus_Photo. After comparing dimensions, weights, and functions of a few tilt heads, I’ve decided to follow Enthus_Photo’s recommendation and purchased the Sunwayfoto DT-01 and DDH-02 combo. Both the head and the plate are extremely well made. The quick release plate/tilt head combines with the Sirui P-326, it is one of the shortest, lightest and most portable combo monopod weights in at less than 2 lb and totals at around 17 inches.
On September 21 when the Space Shuttle Endeavour came to Los Angeles, I had a chance to break it in for the first time with a 70-200 and a 2X tele-converter. After waiting for more than an hour, the shuttle flew by at about 1000 ft off the ground and 1000 ft off to the side. At one point, I had to zoom out to get the entire shuttle into the frame. By using this set up, I noticed that the weight was off my shoulders and the tilt head allowed me to tilt and pan freely.
Thank you for recommending this combo.