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Software & Accessories / Alternatives to RRS MH-02 Monopod Head?
« on: March 25, 2014, 04:56:03 PM »
I'm about to pull the trigger on a monopod and tilt head. The monopod will mainly be used when I'm travelling to add a little stability in low light (especially having switched to the 24-70 from the 24-105 and losing the IS). I have a couple of tripods but on the rare occassions when pack one I tend to find that I end up not carrying it with me when I need it.  A light and packable monopod seems like a better solution.

My question concerns the choice of head. My basic travel kit consists of a 5D2 with 24-70 f/2.8 II and 70-200 f/2.8 IS II lenses. I sometimes bring my 17-40 f/4 or my 300 f/4 IS as well, so I anticipate needing to switch between a lens foot mount and direct camera mount quite frequently. From the forum I became aware of the problem with the plates being at 90 degrees to each other, so I'm looking at the RRS MH-02 Pro head which I saw recommended by Neuro. So far it is the only tilt head I've found which can be rotated 90 degress without a special tool, which seems really convenient. Is the MH-02 actually the only head with this option? I'm sure it's a fantastic bit of kit (as it should be for the price), but it is quite heavy and seems like overkill for my current lenses.

I'm leaning towards the Gitzo carbon fiber GM2541 monopod over the Manfrotto CX694. I tried a CX694 in the store and it was very nice, but I think I prefer twist locks to lever locks.  I like the idea of the G-locks, but the store didn't have any Gitzos to play with.

The Gitzo is slightly lighter but also a couple inches shorter.  However, I'm five ten and I think with a head it will be tall enough, even when shooting on a hillside.  I hope I'm right! ;D  The Gitzo also claims to support 26 lbs versus only 11 lbs for the Manfrotto, butI don't know if the ratings from different manufacturers are directly comparable.

Other than that, I'm going with L84 and L-brackets from RRS and a Kirk QRC-1 clamp which I'll attach to my Black Rapid strap (also based on Neuro's advice). This sounds like a great way to simplify the frequent switching between the strap and monopod for both the camera and lens foot mounts.

Any other comments on this setup?

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