Has anyone used both the RRS and the Kirk monopod heads ,and have any opinion about which is better, smoother,easier to use etc.? Both look pretty good on paper, but I am going to buy one,,,and would like to make the right choice. Thanks David S
I use the Really Right Stuff (RRS) MH-01 monopod head; I haven't used the Kirk head. The RRS head is very well built, rugged, easy to use, with a choice between lever release or knurled release, and American made if that's important. I've used it with a 70-210mm, f2.8 zoom and a 300mm, f2.8 telephoto for racing, tight places, and any moving subject without any problems.
However, unlike a ball head, the RRS MH-01 head will only adjust for one axis, e.g., front/back or side/side. Meaning I would have to use a wrench to loosen and rotate the head. RRS fixed that with its MH-02 monopod head. I like the head and RRS products in general such that I'm replacing the MH-01 with MH-02.
>The RRS head is very well built, >rugged, easy to use, with a choice between lever release or >knurled release, and American made if that's important.
Actually both RRS and Kirk make excellent products and both are made in the USA. You can't go wrong with either brand. The RRS lever clamp requires plates that have tight size tolerance so if you have multiple plates not made by RRS or Wimberley you might want to get the screw clamp. That said, the newer Kirk plates and many older ones will usually work in a RRS lever clamp but there have been issues in the past so it is something to be aware of.
I too considered the same two choices for my monopod.
Since it is impossible to find one vendor who has both available to compare at time of purchase(RRS doesn't have a dealer network), the decision was a toss up. Both have excellent reviews on the net. The only concern I had about the RRS, and it may have been completely unfounded, was the open design of the RRS where I felt that sand could infiltrate the mechanism.
I ended up buying the Kirk and I never looked back. Exceptionally well built and very smooth.