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    This has probaly been done before but I am looking to get a monopod for my upcoming trip to Cornwall.It will be used as additional support when using the Sigma 50-500mm and also for macro with the 50mm and EC14.
    I am leaning towards the Manfrotto 680B with one of their small ballheads.
    Has anyone used this or have any other ideas.

    Thanks.
    All the best

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    Re: Monopod help

    I have the Manfrotto 679B (don't know what the difference is) with the Manfrotto 484 RC2 ballhead. Not the lightest combo in the world, but it's solid. I chose this head partly for quick-release plate compatability with my other Manfrotto heads. You will need something solid for the Bigma!
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    • #3
      Re: Monopod help

      Originally posted by andym View Post
      This has probaly been done before but I am looking to get a monopod for my upcoming trip to Cornwall.It will be used as additional support when using the Sigma 50-500mm and also for macro with the 50mm and EC14.
      I am leaning towards the Manfrotto 680B with one of their small ballheads.
      Has anyone used this or have any other ideas.

      Thanks.
      Well I use the Benbo trekker monopod, like all their kit it is solid and will happily withstand standing in a foot or two of water. It is also quite cheap (seems to be selling at about £30 online). It has a simple rotating section that can be locked at the top that removes the need for a ball head

      Not bad as an emergency walking stick either.

      Haven't tried it with a 50-500.

      Nick
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      • #4
        Re: Monopod help

        I like the benbo, it comes with a head as well

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        • #5
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          Just my two pennys worth but I recently bought a Giottos monopod (one of the MM95xx range but I can't remember which one!) and am very happy with it.

          I wanted it for some motorsports photography and have used it with the E500+EC14+Sigma 135-400 without problem. It includes a two way head which works well to eliminate any distortion caused from having the monopod at an angle (which I found works best for stability), and panning can be achieved by rotating the whole monopod (the foot has a ball socket that allows this without risking slipping).

          I had looked around for some time and in the end went with Giottos due to the cost and as I already had their tripod which is great (you just sort of know hen something is well engineered and precise).

          Their web site is http://www.giottos.com/ but you cant order directly from them, I just Googled the product number to find a suppler (Foto Sense I think).

          Hope you find what your looking for.

          Jason.
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          • #6
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            Hey Andy

            I have the Manfrotto 681 tripod and 484RC2 head and find them awesome to use with the Bigma. I don't find them light, but strong... oh yea!! The monopod has flick release latches rather than twist around ones - some say the twist releases are quieter but I've never noticed any undue noise when releasing the legs.

            With the 484RC2 head I find it very useful when using the Bigma as I can tighten the ball/socket head to such a point that the camera and lens won't move without some additional effort on my part - this is useful for when you need some degrees of rotation for getting your shots.

            All in all - a great choice I'd say.

            Enjoy Cornwall...!
            John

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            • #7
              Re: Monopod help

              Thanks for the info everyone.

              Ended up buying Chris(Chllimonster)'s Manfrotto 680B yesterday.
              All the best

              Being left handed my brain sometimes works sdrawkcab

              Andy

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