Looking for a monopod for my D7000 (which I have had for 5
months). Any suggestions? I shoot landscapes and my
grandchildren at baseball and soccer. I also have a Panasonic
HDC-TM900P Camcorder I would like to use with the pod. Many
Thanks to anyone who responds.
You are likely to get many responses which will be good for you. There are many models available ranging in price. I use a Sunpak Pro 724m and have had no problems with my D7000 and 70-200 f/2. It is carbon and has a nice foam gripping section, 3 sections and I have a ball head on it. Works great around the stadium as it is 21" collapsed and 63" extended - not including ball head. As well as I can recall about $99 for monopod. Certainly more expensive ones but this works for me. Might want to look in the tripod forum, too. Good luck.
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In my experience, almost any monopod will do the job. For a monopod, the weight difference between carbon fibre and aluminium is negligible, so (unless you're really tall) it comes down to the convenience of the locking mechanism and whether twist-lock, clip-lock or a quick release handle fits the bill.
I'd head to your local photographic store and try a few out before deciding which to buy.
As mentioned by others any monopod, except for flimsy junk, will probably work for you. At reasonable shutter speeds they will help.
The real question is will the best monopod help for landscape shots? Any shots with a long shutter speed would require a sturdy tripod to really stabilize the camera for sharp images. Don't expect a monopod to do the job of a tripod. The two tools do different jobs.
Tom From Beautiful Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia
I'm using the Manfrotto 681B with a 498RC4 head, purchased in January. Quite sturdy, plenty tall, yet decently light. I've used it on a couple assignments, as well as daily practice, and it's holding up just fine. It's gotten banged around a lot in the back of the truck, and still looks new.
Sat 28-Apr-12 11:46 AM | edited Sat 28-Apr-12 11:53 AM by four eighty sparky
As stated before, just about any mid-range quality & up monopod would work. Just don't cheap out and buy something flimsy.
I'd also suggest 'matching' your mono to your tripod rig. This means they both can use the same quick-release plates. So swapping the camera between the 'pods, or using a 'pod for holding a speedlight, meter, reflector, etc........ is seamless.
I prefer to have a monopod that gets the viewfinder up to my eye when I'm standing up straight. Nothing is worse than having to bend over all the time, even a few inches, to compose, focus, meter, etc.
That said, I use a Manfrotta 560B-1. It has three stabilizing legs, and a fluid base for shooting videos.
I hate when people ask me what I see myself doing in 5 years...... I don't have 2020 vision!
Sat 28-Apr-12 12:32 PM | edited Sat 28-Apr-12 12:32 PM by richardd300
To clarify I am 6ft 2ins and the Giottos MML3290B will extend above my eye line to viewfinder by about 3 inches inc. head. Closed length is a comfortable 20 inches. I use it with and without heads and with my D700 and 50-500mm lens the payload is 3.5 kilo (7.7 Ibs) + 3 - 5Ibs dependant on what head I use.
I have been using the Manfrotto 680B monopod for the past 5 years and it is really solid yet light to handle. I have used it with my Nikon DSLR bodies and long lenses as well as with my Panasonic HDC-TM700 camcorder. Neill Proud to be a Montreal Nikonian http://picasaweb.google.com/NeillDGraham
Many cheap monopods will work well. I bought Manfrotto 679B for under $50 and it worked well. When folded, it's a bit longer than i would like it to be so i keep it in a trunk for "just in case". the one monopos i fell love and carry it 24x7 is Gitzo Traveler GM5561T. which is anly 16" and fits in any of my photo bags.