>Hi Phillip, > >The Q3 will perform well with your lenses but the Q10 will do >even better. For an extra $50 or so you get the peace of mind >that you got a little better performance and future proofing. > >A nose heavy lens like a 105 micro or a 24-70/2.8 is actually >much more difficult than the well balanced 70-200. Similarly >with a 17-55/2.8 DX. > >The Q3 was primarily designed for use on a monopod or small >traveler type tripod where weight and bulk is a very high >priority.
Actually, that brings up an important detail that I left out. I may periodically use it on a tripod, but I will primarily use it on a monopod. Does that change your opinion?
I use a Q3 on a monopod and I like it. The light weight balances things better, in terms of keeping the monopod from getting top heavy. It's very good for backup or occasional use on a monopod with your lenses.
The Q3 is a very good head; I think an amazing head for it's size and weight. .
I have a Q3 mounted on my monopod and use it with lenses ranging from the 70-200mm to my 400mm f/2.8 with and without TC's and it works very well. The only think that bothers me a little is the panning base doesn't lock completely though it is not that much of an issue. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
Sounds good. My Gitzo monopod showed up yesterday and my Q3 is scheduled for delivery tomorrow. I look forward to trying out the gear at my son's soccer game on Saturday. I've never used a monopod or a ball head before so it should be a bit of an adventure!
The trick to using a ballhead on a monopod is to tighten the main locking knob to the point where you can fairly easily swivel the lens in the ball, with a bit of tension, but tight enough to keep the ball from flopping over.
Set the friction limiter thumbscrew such that you cannot loosen the main knob enough that the payload flops over hard, and it makes sense to limit the tension to the point I describe above, after you get it set the way you like.
If you are shooting straight and level from a field then you can usually lock the ball down at a comfortable angle - probably near straight and level - and forget about that.
This will make more sense when you put it all together tomorrow
Look at Sirui L-10 head for monopod. Uses Arca-Swiss style plate. So good I am getting second one for my travel monopod. I gain another plate that I need. Price less then $100. Much better for monopod then ball head.
>Just curious what the verdict is, now that you have used it >for a bit?
Well, I haven't had much opportunity to "practice", but I must say that I'm a bit disappointed. Not in the equipment, but in the whole concept. Getting used to a monopod setup is a lot more difficult than I expected. At this point I can definitely hand hold the camera more steady than I can with the monopod - not what I expected.
But I do like the ball head a lot. I think it's just going to be a matter of learning to use the monopod. At least I hope so!
I shot this image this past weekend. ISO 3200 f/10 1/25s with a 70-200 VR with VR on at 86mm. D700 and my Feisol CM1401 monopod and Q3.
This is one of a sequence of 25 at 1/25s and 1/30s. All but 2 or 3 about equally sharp. This is out of the camera, downsized and sharpened in Photomechanic. A tad over-sharpened for my taste but Photomechanic doesn't give me a slider to play with.
Wed 24-Oct-12 09:00 AM | edited Wed 24-Oct-12 09:05 AM by J_Harris
Nice shot, the colorful and elaborate clothing and equipment really make the photograph "pop". Hum, the royalty must be very influential to get such nice roofing shingles AND a "metal" flagpole back in them days.