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bwarnke Feb 28, 2003 10:16 PM

Monopods for an Olympus 4000Z
Can anyone recommend a good monopod for an Olympus 4000, primarily for shooting sporting events and outdoor scenes. I'm looking for one that won't cover the battery cover and also a fairly long one. I'm 6 foot 3 inches tall (I think that's just under 2 meters) and I'd like one that I don't have to bend down too much for. Thanks.

Bill W.

KCan Feb 28, 2003 11:17 PM

Hi Bill,

I opted for this one:
Manfrotto 334B (Canadian code) / Bogen 3245 (US code)



The automatic, 3 section, monopod provides immediate single handed final height adjustment.
Squeeze the trigger handle and the top section can be raised or lowered, release, and it locks in position. The lower two sections have a twist lock action for additional height adjustment.
The top plate has a dual 1/4" - 3/8" camera fixing screw.

Maximum Height with extended center column 65.4 inches / 1.66 m
Closed Length 26.8 inches / .68 m
Maximum Load Capacity 17.7 lbs / 8 kg
Weight 1.1 lbs / .49 kg

May be itís a bit too much for your cam, but if you use it also for a SLR or with a handle mount flash like me, itís very robust/rigid.
What I love is the squeeze quick release feature, your finger never have to leave the shutter.
What you have to add is a small tilt head for portrait/landscape.

NOTE: In the quoted text, there is an error (in both website) : There is only 1 lower twist lock section , not 2. ( total = 2 moveable sections, 1 squeeze action, one twist lock)

This monopod may cover your battery compartment, depending your choice of an additional tilt head. The basic seat (plate) is a 2 inch diameter circular surface.

Also, the 3/8 thread screw is spring loaded , push that down and you have the 1/4 thread, never need to look after the 1/4 - 3/8 adapter

KCan Feb 28, 2003 11:21 PM

See also here:

A small ball head will be better for your camera

bwarnke Mar 5, 2003 8:00 PM

Thanks Kcan. Very helpful.


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