I am a relatively new Nikonian and DSLR user - got a D7000 last April and learning how to use it - it's a lot to learn! I did buy a Manfrotto 055XB tripod with a Markins Q20 head with the help of this forum. I do mostly travel pics(on cruises)and am thinking a monopod may be more practical camera support than the tripod. I am confused on what monopod head to buy that will accomodate my D7000 with Kirk L bracket and my largest lens is a Nikon 55-300mm - so total weight is about 3 lbs. I want to go "budget" on the monopod and head so not considering a Markins. Any suggesting on a monopod head would be most appreciated. Thanks, Chuck
You sure you need one of those? What you've got should be relatively easy to handhold unless you intend on holding it up for long periods. In comparison to what most put on a monopod, you may not find much occasion to use something like that, especially if you already have a tripod which would be steadier for low light or long exposures. Might want to think more in terms of buying a remote trigger if you don't already have one. If you're really determined to get a monopod though, there are lots of models out there. I'm not a huge fan of Manfrotto's flip lock mechanism, but many are. Manfrotto makes several monopods, both carbon and aluminum; aluminum, of course, being cheaper. Believe it or not I still use a Chinese carbon monopod I bought off of Ebay for $80. Lots of other makers abound though - Benro, Induro, Feisol to name a few. Gitzo and RRS are the gold standards in all things tripod or monopod, but their prices are known to make people gulp.
Depending on what you are shooting you might not even need a head for your monopod. Your Kirk L-Bracket has a 1/4"-20 threaded hole that you can screw the monopod directly into. You can also buy a Kirk Arca-Swiss clamp and attach it to the monopod. Then quickly mount your camera into the clamp in either landscape orientation or portrait orientation. Another option is to move your Markins Q20 back and fourth between your tripod and monopod. It only takes a few minutes. I have a Markins Q3 on one monopod and a Kirk A/S clamp on the other. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
I am a very new to Mono pod concept and doe not have one (yet at least). It seems to me that there are two directions in terms of head: one is Markins Q3 or whatever the smallest to have free directional movement and the other is RRS monopod head with top and bottom movement.
Hi Hitoshi, It seems to be a choice between a ballhead or a swivel head. The question is which one and, do you want a quick release bracket and, what will fit your camera. Or, do you want to mount the camera directly on the monopod. So, I was a little confused about the variables.
Wed 14-Nov-12 11:50 AM | edited Wed 14-Nov-12 12:03 PM by Luke_Miller
I prefer the RRS MH-01 monopod head on mine. That allows me to angle the monopod to achieve maximum stability (as shown in the Nikonians monopod article) while still viewing the subject. Many prefer to use the monopod without a head. While that allows the monopod to support the weight of heavier equipment it restricts the ability to angle the monopod for added stability.
With the RRS MH-01 I can use my monopod in either mode. A ball head would accomplish the same, but IMO the three degrees of motion a ball head provides could be awkward with heavier equipment combinations.