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    I am off to the RNAS Yeovilton air day this weekend and it occurred to me that a ball head for my monopod could make a very useful combination for the slower moving aircraft (helicopters etc.).

    So can anyone recommend a ball head that can be used with a monopod? ideally with a quick release plate. What I have in mind is one that can be locked/unlocked using the left hand leaving the right hand free to operate the camera - if such a thing exists.

    Thanks,

    Steve
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      Re: Monopod ball head

      Depending on your camera/lens combo it must be born in mind that the max recommended weight for the 234RC is 2.5kg. An E5 plus 300mm f2.8 is over 4kg.

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          Re: Monopod ball head

          Originally posted by David Morison View Post
          Depending on your camera/lens combo it must be born in mind that the max recommended weight for the 234RC is 2.5kg. An E5 plus 300mm f2.8 is over 4kg.

          David
          With a monopod David the camera will also be supported by hand, so won't be taking the full weight.

          Edit: Will be using with E-3 and HLD-4. The combined weight is 2.6kg.

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            I use the Manfrotto 234RC monopod standard when I use the 50-200. I use it for up/down and the lens support for portrait/landscape. I often leave the tilt head free to move to be more flexible.
            I have been looking into the 324RC2, but strangely enough it is only useable with the right hand, which I find strange because I would want to keep my right hand on my camera and use my left hand for the grip or on the lens.
            I wrote three e-mails to Manfrotto customer service with this question, but never got an answer....
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              Re: Monopod ball head

              Originally posted by Kees View Post
              I use the Manfrotto 234RC monopod standard when I use the 50-200. I use it for up/down and the lens support for portrait/landscape. I often leave the tilt head free to move to be more flexible.
              Sounds like what I am looking for.

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                Re: Monopod ball head

                Originally posted by Wreckdiver View Post
                With a monopod David the camera will also be supported by hand, so won't be taking the full weight.

                Edit: Will be using with E-3 and HLD-4. The combined weight is 2.6kg.

                Steve
                That may be the case, but I frequently use the 90-250 and 300 2.8s a using this head without issues.

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                  Re: Monopod ball head

                  Before you take the plunge I would strongly advise taking a look at the Linhof range, a tad more expensive but far better in every respect than the Manfrottos, regards, Ian W.

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                    Re: Monopod ball head

                    Originally posted by Ian View Post
                    That may be the case, but I frequently use the 90-250 and 300 2.8s a using this head without issues.

                    Ian


                    I agree with you Ian. Although the 234RC is quoted as only supporting 2.5kg I was just saying that don't see any problem using a camera and lens over this weight as some of the weight will be supported by hand.

                    I have ordered one from Calumet and hopefully should arrive before Saturday. Thanks for your advice

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                      Re: Monopod ball head

                      Originally posted by IPWheatley View Post
                      Before you take the plunge I would strongly advise taking a look at the Linhof range, a tad more expensive but far better in every respect than the Manfrottos, regards, Ian W.
                      Sorry Ian, too late it's ordered but thanks.

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                        Re: Monopod ball head

                        Originally posted by Kees View Post
                        I use the Manfrotto 234RC monopod standard when I use the 50-200. I use it for up/down and the lens support for portrait/landscape. I often leave the tilt head free to move to be more flexible.
                        I have been looking into the 324RC2, but strangely enough it is only useable with the right hand, which I find strange because I would want to keep my right hand on my camera and use my left hand for the grip or on the lens.
                        I wrote three e-mails to Manfrotto customer service with this question, but never got an answer....
                        I flagged your post with Manfrotto and here is their response:

                        On the previous model of the grip the 322RC2 our information shows that very few people actually used the head as left handed so we decided that we would make 2 new grip heads 1 lower spec and 1 high spec, the 324RC2 is designed for the majority of users who do not want to use the head left handed and the second the 327RC2 was the higher specification model being made from Magnesium, having a bigger payload was designed with the feature of being able to use the head left handed.

                        They also seemed very surprised that your query did not received a response and suggested there must have been some kind of glitch.

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                          Re: Monopod ball head

                          I received the 234RC yesterday and does the job perfectly; thanks Ian

                          Steve
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                            Re: Monopod ball head

                            Originally posted by Ian View Post
                            I flagged your post with Manfrotto and here is their response:

                            On the previous model of the grip the 322RC2 our information shows that very few people actually used the head as left handed so we decided that we would make 2 new grip heads 1 lower spec and 1 high spec, the 324RC2 is designed for the majority of users who do not want to use the head left handed and the second the 327RC2 was the higher specification model being made from Magnesium, having a bigger payload was designed with the feature of being able to use the head left handed.

                            They also seemed very surprised that your query did not received a response and suggested there must have been some kind of glitch.

                            Ian
                            Thanks very much for your effort Ian!
                            The grip on the 324RC2 and 327RC2 are identical though (as far as I can see on the product pictures), so I don't actually see how the 327RC2 could be used left handed...
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