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Old Feb 24, 2005, 4:00 PM   #1
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How do they all comapre in terms of sturdiness?
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Old Feb 24, 2005, 6:10 PM   #2
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I have a Manfrotto monopod (don't know the number off the top of my head) and it is fantastic. Extremly sturdy.
Manfrotto is made by Bogen.

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Old Feb 27, 2005, 8:00 AM   #3
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I have the 679b and it's a great monopod. One thing I highly recommend is going to a store that physically has them and getting the look/feel. When I went to a store and compared a couple of the Bogen monopods - the one was HUGE - I mean you could kill a bear with the thing. The point is, it's diameter was too large for my tastes and didn't lend itself to also being a hiking stick so I ended up choosing the 679b instead.
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Old Feb 27, 2005, 6:23 PM   #4
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I am actually shopping for a monpod at the moment... What equipment are you putting on top of it? Do you have a metal foot or do you use the provided foot? Can it take a head(for QR plate)?

How tall are you compared to the monpod? I would definitely be using the one I get for hiking as well.

Thanks a lot,

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Old Feb 28, 2005, 4:04 PM   #5
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Right now I use it with a Canon 300D and Sigma 70-200 2.8 lense plus 1.4 teleconverter but it could easily hold a heavier load. I'm 5'10" and the monopod is tall enough for me. I use the rubber foot currently as opposed to a metal one. And the top will accept a head or camera (kind of a unique idea, it has one screw housing around the other so when you are mounting just the camera with a smaller screw hole the larger screw pushes down into the top of the monopod allowing the camera to screw on. If you were mounting a head it simply would not push the outer screw down.

I do not use a head/plate right now - mostly because I ran out of money :-)and my 488RC4 head that I use for my tripod is just a bit big to put on a monopod. But I may buy one in the future. The important thing is the monopod can accomodate it.
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