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Old Mar 7, 2006, 12:04 PM   #1
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I will be going to Europe this summer. I will be visiting Poland for sure and probably a couple other contries such as Germany, England, France, Austira, and Denmark.

I don't want to take my Tripod (Bogen 3001 w/ 3029 head) because I need something that is easy to travel with and something that can work well in crowds.

As such I have been looking at the following monopods:

680 Compact Monopod
Maximum Height60.0" (152.4 cm) Folded Length20.0" (50.8 cm) Load Capacity22.00 lb (9.98 kg) Sections4 Leg Lock TypeFlip levers Male Thread Size1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16 Weight1.69 lb (0.77 kg)






681 Pro Monopod
Maximum Height63.4" (161 cm) Folded Length26.4" (67 cm) Load Capacity26.4 lb (12 kg) Sections3 Leg Lock TypeFlip levers Male Thread Size1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16 Weight1.7 lb (0.77 kg)

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A local store here in Ohio has these two monopods and I must say that I am leaning towards the 681 since it is taller (I am 6'1").

They weigh about that same so it isn't as though one is heavy and thus more a pain to travel with. But I was wondering if anyone with experience traveling with a monopod can tell me is the added length (6.4") when folded will be a irritation since I will have it with me all day.

Know that i've got that out of the way what head is best for a monopod? I already have a 3029 3-axis head on my tripod but that sounds like it wouldn't work well on a monopod.

At B&H here are some head options for the 681. Any comments on these?
3025 3D Head - Supports 6.6 lb



3232 Swivel Head - Supports 5.5 lb



Will I be able to use my camera in portait composition with the 3232? Or am I limited to landscape compositions?

Any other options I should consider? My cost limitations are under $100 for this endevor.

My camera is a Fuji Finepix S5100 so weight isn't an issue but I want a monopod that I could use with a dSLR and long lenses if I ever upgraded to such. Thanks.


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Old Mar 7, 2006, 6:09 PM   #2
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After great feedback from users on other forums, I just ordered a Giottos P Pod on ebay (Item number: 757932324), with head included.

It supports 33 lb. and can be used to fend off wolves and bears <G>.

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Old Mar 7, 2006, 6:31 PM   #3
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I have the 681B monopod with the 3232 head and love it. You can take landscape or portrait just fine. That's why it swivels 90 degree's. A head that moves in more than one axis would be hard to use on a monopod. When in landscape mode I usually have the head slightly tilted down so that I can have the pod out in front of me, seems much more stable that way. All other needed motion can be done by swiveling the pod.
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There is also the 3229 head. It basically is the same as the 3232 but with a quick release. I think I will get this head with the 681B.


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I have a Giottos P-Pod and love it. Very sturdy and easy to adjust. It also can be set up as a tripod with the three screw in legs if you use it on a smooth flat surface. It comes with intergral tilt head.
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I have got a Benro carbon, super cheap for carbo fiber, and a ball head works great.

I prefer the Magic ball but there are many good ball heads to be had.
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A three way head makes no sense at all.
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I have a Giottos P-Pod and love it. Very sturdy and easy to adjust. It also can be set up as a tripod with the three screw in legs if you use it on a smooth flat surface. It comes with intergral tilt head.

I found one of these locally. Initially I thought it was only a 5560 but upon closer inspection I found out that it is their top-of-the-line 5580. Great monopod!
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