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Old Apr 18, 2010, 6:55 PM   #1
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Default Monopod heads for football?

I recently purchased an f2.8 70-200mm lens for shooting football. I have my eye on a couple of monopods, one a Manfrotto, the other a Vanguard (it is getting great reviews). I'm a little confused as far as whether or not I'll nee a head, and if I do, which type would be best for this application. Are there any Footballers out there?
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Old Apr 18, 2010, 9:18 PM   #2
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For all my sports work I just use a very basic monopod that I've had for years, it's a velbon something or other and has no head. I've never shot with a head on a monopod so can't say if I would want to but I've not found any limitation with a fixed monopod. I use it for up to my 300mm f2.8 with 1.4x TC (sometimes a 2x TC but rarely as that is birds in flight and I like to be free).
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Old Apr 19, 2010, 1:43 AM   #3
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I have a manfrotto 560-b and do not regret it, i do though adore it, it fits the 70-200 perfect, folds easy, is a nice stable base, and really easy panning.

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Old Apr 19, 2010, 8:16 PM   #4
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Great! I guess I'll try it with just the monopod.
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Great! I guess I'll try it with just the monopod.
Yeah. The only reason too use a 'head' when shooting sports is for quick release plates. Any rotation can be done using the tripod collar on the lens. So, having a head that isn't locked in place causes too many problems.

In other words, you're on the right path IMO by sticking to just the monopod without the head.
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Yeah. The only reason too use a 'head' when shooting sports is for quick release plates. ...
I've got a Manfrotto quick release plate on my Manfrotto monopod without a head.

A head is for controlling azimuth and elevation. When shooting sports, everything you want to shoot is on the ground, so you don't need to adjust elevation, and with a monopod, you don't need a head to adjust azimuth.
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