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Old May 13, 2010, 9:58 PM   #1
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Default Manfrotto 679B Monopod?

Any feedback on the Manfrotto 679B Monopod? Seems to be the cheapest offering in this size from a well respected manufacturer. The 681B can be had for about the same price given the shipping offers. Will the Slik 350 do as well?

I'll be supporting a T2i w/ smaller lenses.

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Old May 13, 2010, 10:04 PM   #2
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i personally do not find monopods all that useful, especially with smaller lenses. i would save the money on a nice tripod.
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Old May 13, 2010, 10:45 PM   #3
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i use manfrotto 560b-1 monopod and absolutley adore it.

Its small enough for my active/ always going lifestyle, and can hold up my d90 and a 70-200 2.8 no problem.

The only reason i use a monopod if for stamina, or there lack of. to shoot a gripped d90 and 70-200 with a tele converter for an entire baseball/tennis/or football match would be devastating to my arms.
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Old May 14, 2010, 1:32 PM   #4
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Interesting- my intended use is for unobtrusive support to reduce the shutter speed in museums, or to help stabilize the shots on hikes. Not so much to stabilize a large lens or to help deal with the weight. I do need a better tripod now that I wield a dslr, so Hards comment is motivating. My wal-mart edition Velbon 5000 bought years ago was perfect for a digicam but doesn't hold a dslr as steady.
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Old May 14, 2010, 3:10 PM   #5
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If you are looking for a monopod to double as a trekking pole for hiking, take a look at REI's Hiker pole. It has a screw on top so you can mount a ball head/use it for a monopod while hiking but I don't know that it would be as useful for a museum. I find that I use it hiking but don't find it adds enough stability for low-light stuff. I get more benefit from anti-shake in low light.
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Old May 14, 2010, 3:17 PM   #6
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I use the 679b but more as support with my 120-300 2.8 lens. It's very solid - a good pole. On occasion I'll use it for indoor low light work but that's not it's primary purpose for me. It's a great top-of-the-light-monopod stick. Getting sturdier gets a lot bulkier. The problem is - a lot of the stability comes from the weight of the kit. I can keep a 1dIII and sigma 120-300 2.8 steady on it but the weight of the camera/lens helps with that stability. Without the weight, I'm not sure how well a monopod solution would work in low light.
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Old May 14, 2010, 5:11 PM   #7
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I use the 679 with the 234RC Head it works great...it is a little heavy now that I added the Tripod Feet to it but it is a great hiking pole/monopod...you don't require a ball head as the Monopod itself swivels and the 234RC works like a champ...
http://www.adorama.com/catlite.tpl?o...sku=BG3229.JPG
also the RetractableTripod Base legs/feet come as an add-on kit for later if you think it would work for you...thats what i did was add on the kit to the 679 easily...
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...ding_Base.html
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Old May 14, 2010, 5:40 PM   #8
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I have the 3016 (479) with a 3229 (234RC) tilting head as well as a beefier 3230 (434SS). The 3016 is quite small (easy to carry along), yet very sturdy, and I like the tilting head because of the detachable camera plates. This is actually the reason I use the head, as I normally have more than one camera to shoot with, and it allows for effortless swapping (unscrewing a monopod to use it with 4+ cameras at one time can be aggravating, which reminds me that I need to get some more camera plates ).

I like the 3230 best though. The main reason is because Steve actually gave it to me as a gift, but also because of the SS (Self-Standing) feature. It has three tripod like "feet" that are inside the bottom. You simply unscrew the bottom, and you can fold them out.

So, to answer your question, I think the 679 will serve you well
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Billy, I just bought a 679 with the 234RC swivel head and was wondering where you get your extra plates. Up here they are $30 which seems very high compared to the price of the head itself.

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Billy, I just bought a 679 with the 234RC swivel head and was wondering where you get your extra plates. Up here they are $30 which seems very high compared to the price of the head itself.

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Jack,

This is a bit late (sorry, I missed your reply), but you can get extra plates all over. Amazon has them for $14 or less new, and I've seen some places sell two for $25.

Here's a link to Amazon for them: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001A1RMXG/...vesdigicams-20
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