Hello, I have edited this post because, (1) found some good info to help me with my question in the Nikonians FAQs, and (2) can't figure out how to delete this.
I apologize for similar questions like this one have been asked before. Thanks.
#1. "RE: request monopod advice" | In response to Reply # 0J_Harris Nikonian since 29th Mar 2011Sat 09-Mar-13 07:21 PM | edited Sat 09-Mar-13 07:31 PM by J_Harris
Some use a Ball Head with their monopods but find it difficult to make adjustments because of too many pivot points.
What a lot of monopod owners use is a dedicated "Monopod Head". It only pivots vertically and you pivot it horizontally by turning/twisting the monopod. The two leaders, but also the most expensive is the RRS MH-01 and Kirk MPA-2. I use the Kirk MPA-2 and am very happy with its performance. You can purchase them through the Nikonian Shop, B&H, etc.
I did a mini-review of my Kirk MPA-2 in this forum earlier. A direct link is below.
Link to Kirk MPA-2 website
Link to RRS MH-01 website
Visit my Nikonians gallery.
#3. "RE: request monopod advice" | In response to Reply # 1FredB D3 Nikonian since 26th Jun 2008Sun 10-Mar-13 12:27 PM
Or for more than a few dollars more, see http://reallyrightstuff.com/Items.aspx?code=MH01&key=cat bottom of page - the MH-02 Hi-Capacity Monopod Head. It has an "indexing screw," and is available with either a screw clamp or a lever clamp. The indexing screw lets you orient the head (clamp part) to accommodate mounting either the lens or the camera parallel or perpendicular to the tilt. $310 for screw clamp, $345 for lever clamp. Did I say more than a few dollars more? I have the MH-01, and am trying to justify the MH-02, especially as I use the monopod primarily with tele's, so the need to re-orient the clamp does not come very frequently. Still, it does sound better than remembering to bring, then finding, and finally fiddling around with, the hex key and screw.
#4. "RE: request monopod advice" | In response to Reply # 3Sun 10-Mar-13 12:47 PM
Hah! Your timing is perfect as I was just browsing the Kirk on the B&H web site when I heard a "ding", alerting me to a forum reply.
As I mentioned to Jerry, personal experience with the product is what I I need. Even though this is more dollars, I'll check it out. Thanks for posting.
#5. "RE: request monopod advice" | In response to Reply # 4FredB D3 Nikonian since 26th Jun 2008Sun 10-Mar-13 06:18 PM
Timing is everything. Somebody else probably has already said that. I'm not personally familiar with Kirk products, but am with RRS - not only their MH-01, but also other products of theirs. They are generally held in very high regard, as is Kirk.
I'll probably pull the trigger on the MH-02, with the screw clamp. I prefer that, others, the lever. It comes down to personal preference.
One word of caution, however. There is much advice that one must be careful when mixing lever clamps and feet/brackets from different manufacturers. The fit is not always good. It is safest to use lever clamps and feet from the same manufacturer, but there is compatibility among certain brands. Here is a relevant thread on this issue.