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It sounds almost like you want something as cheap as this


But with the build quality and features of a more expensive brand/model.

Ive used cheap monopods and they work fine for short term use, as well as using expensive monopods.
Sure the more expensive ones made shooting easier but it comes down to what you have on hand at the time and is the amount you are going to use it going to justify the cost over its lifetime.

Otherwise we can tell you what we recommend all we like, end of the day its your $$ and your decision.

The Sirui is $10 less than the the Manfrotto 560b-1... So I don't think I'm cheaping out if you will.  Though if you want to argue I'm spending the same amount of money one something that isn't as well made... I think that might be a reasonable argument...

The manfrotto is off my list because of the screw and the attachment so you can put on a head.  I just really REALLY don't like that.  To me... that feels cheap.  If they had a flip-able screw like I've seen on quite a few other high end tripods... I would probably go with the manfrotto...

And I realize I can get a carbon fiber monopod for less than I'm paying, though it wouldn't have the feet.  Brand name and everything... but I really want the feet.  The first time I saw that... I thought it was a little slice of genius.  Maybe I'm wrong... but at least I'm not mortgaging the house on a risk. 

Y'all have a much different definition of cheap than I do.  I think of cheap as my $20 dolica. 

I was comparing the carbon fiber to the aluminum... I'm spending an extra $80 to save 0.2 lbs of weight.  F--- that. 

At least per Amazon... but yeah... .2 lbs.

Photography Technique / Re: Is RAW worth it?
« on: August 25, 2014, 09:04:12 PM »
I screwed up a really cute shot of my daughter.  It was horribly underexposed, but I shoot in raw.  I adjusted the exposure in Lightroom and I was amazed and grateful for the 5d mkiii and the raw image that resulted. 

I don't know that a jpg image would have been salvageable. 

The short answer is probably no... but the long answer is absolutely.

I have used flip locks in the past and do not consider them suitable/trustworthy for tripods and mono pods. Both the Gitzo and Sirui twist locks are far superior and much easier to use, as well as being MUCH more secure.
As a complete inverse to your experience I have used twist locks in the past and find them slower and less trustworthy. I have used flip locks now for 15 years and wouldn't consider going back to twisties. Too slow when the pressure is on. What exactly is it that you find makes twist-locks MUCH more secure?

I've had twisties "sink" but never had a flip-lock sink under weight. Another advantage of a flip-lock is you have a visual confirm of the full-lock position. With a twistie, there is no visual cue. I've had legs on my twist-lock Gitzo tripod sag unexpectedly, but never my big flip-lock Manfrotto 075B. I'm a flippin' fan!


I've only had flip locks... and I've done stupid things like not flip it all the way back... but that's more me being stupid than twist v. flip.

I have 2 mono pods and find them both to be excellent for their designed purposes. The small one is a Gitzo GM2541, rather pricey but very strong and ridiculously light - also I don't think it will ever need replacing. The other is a Sirui P424. Not quite as well made as the Gitzo but more reasonably priced, pretty light and holds anything - this is what I use for my Canon 800mm.
I am not a fan of heads on mono pods but where I need significant vertical movement I use the Sirui L10 head which is pretty good with lenses up to a 300 F2.8 + a pro body.
If the Gitzo is too expensive then have a look at the Sirui P324 (my P424 is simply more than you need) as it is a fine robust mono pod that is reasonably light and not silly money.
You may notice that neither of my mono pods have flip locks (neither do my tripods) there is a reason for that - I have used flip locks in the past and do not consider them suitable/trustworthy for tripods and mono pods. Both the Gitzo and Sirui twist locks are far superior and much easier to use, as well as being MUCH more secure.

Between the p324 and the p 424, there is only a $30 price difference... If that's the case, I'd get the latter.  Having said that... I'm an aluminum kind of guy. Carbon fiber is nice... it is lighter, but not at twice the cost.

Lenses / Re: Would you buy the 35L now, or wait?
« on: August 25, 2014, 05:32:55 PM »
I'd buy used... that's my goto move.  So if you buy it today for 900... you can sell it for around that in 1 or 2 years... because if Canon isn't going to rush to bring a new 35L to the market after the 35 art came out, then chances are they aren't in any rush. 

The last five times I've used my tripod...

At home, at home, at home, at home, at home.

The last time I used the troops outside was when I was doing some mediocre astrophotography in a corn field.

I did take it to a softball tournament, but it stayed in the car.

I think I'm more likely to take a monopod (with feet) to places and More likely to use it... though I'm not certain...

My problem with the manfrotto is the screw.. I don't like that small hollow attachment to get the screw size right for the ball head.  I have lost one of those before and I'm sure it would happen again. 

I really appreciate the response, but I think the seusei is the leader in the clubhouse.

I watched some youtube videos last night... and I think the manfrotto and the sirui are definitely the leaders in the club house.  I have to shower now... but I'll go into further detail later.

I have had two... the same one actually, but I think I lost the first one... the reason I think I lost the first one is because my house is a Mess with a capital M.  It very well could just be hiding under that pile of dead cats.  :/

It was a Dolica Monpodhttp://www.amazon.com/Dolica-WT-1003-67-Inch-Lightweight-Monopod/dp/B000VZS2EU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1408930250&sr=8-1&keywords=dolica+monopod and it served a dual purpose... monopod for me and a walking stick for my daughter.  I'll admit... it was light enough in weight... I could convert it to put a ball head on it (though i didn't like the stability), it was strong enough that it could hold my camera gear and my daughter's weight... and it was less than $20... so perfect for me.

I primarily used it to pan side to side for my daughter's basketball games... so it worked just fine.  The only complaint I had about it is that the rubber grip would slide down and I would have to move it back up.  Small complaint... meh.

I came into a bit of free money for buying and selling some gear in less than week.  So I thought I would go ahead and replace the Dolica that I sold for $10.

So here's my wishlist for the new monopod.  I want something sturdy, well built (preferably with the flip latches), compatible with both heads and bodies (so both types of screws), and this is the sticking point... I want the three feet @ the bottom so it will stand without me holding onto it... and they should be retractable.   

I saw someone else's post... I'm 69" tall, and the heaviest load I would put on is the 5d mkiii and the 70-200mm f/2.8 (at present).

I kinda like this... http://www.adorama.com/SIBSRP204S.htmlbecause of the panning grip and the claw feet... but it doesn't have a head... and I would like a bonus head if I'm spending that much money... it also doesn't have the flip lock...

and I like this http://www.adorama.com/BEA48FBS4.html... flip lock, claw feet, and it does have a head... but that big panning grip is annoying... so I would probably not use the head that often. 

and I guess this is my 3rd option, http://www.adorama.com/BG682B234RC.html but the stick feet look like they wouldn't be ideal to use and the head isn't a ball head... so maybe it will take some getting used to, but it does have the flip locks...

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/434422-REG/Manfrotto_560B_1_560B_1_Fluid_Video_Monopod.html And then there is this one... which has a fluid base for easy panning that is adjustable... and the flip locks... and while it isn't a ball head... it does have a head that's a bonus... and it has the feet I like... but that sansui... it appeals...

So I'm thinking my best best is to get the monopod I like and just buy a separate ball head that I'm fond of... but that's more money and suddenly my bonus free cash is spent and now I'm spending money that I don't want to spend... So I would greatly appreciate if yall can point me in a direction on a monopod yall like and head... ideally in one purchase which would reduce the cost... huff.

EOS Bodies / Re: Update on the EOS 7D Mark II Spec List
« on: August 24, 2014, 08:22:24 AM »
I'm pretty much done with aps-c cameras... but I think this is sufficiently spec'ed... but not enough to really make me want to switch... or upgrade my 2nd body (which is an aps-c... so maybe not entirely done).

I like the 1080p @ 60fps... but I was kinda hoping for a 120fps option... probably @ 720p.  But no.  And you may ask... why?... because I take slow motion video of my daughter's softball swing... and a few of her friends... and when you slow it the f' down... you can see the mistakes... not so much @ 24 fps... but 60 is adequate... but I wouldn't mind even slower and smoother video. 

I'm disappointed about the built in RF... I have the ST-rf-e3 (or whatever it is called)... but I wouldn't mind if rf was a common feature in all high end canon SLR's from now on. 

I'm surprised there isn't 4k... but I wouldn't want that type of file size anyway... but I'm surprised.

If my target its stationary, I have no issues busting out the manual focus... but it is when I don't know what to expect... then I'll heavily rely on af.

I really like shooting in manual, I feel a connection to the cameras and photographers in the past...

FOR SALE Photo Equipment / Re: Canon 70-200mm f4L is
« on: August 23, 2014, 01:52:39 AM »
photo time.

I'll have more details later, but it is used but in excellent condition... maybe very good.  I'm not sure what to charge... I normally sell on Amazon... so they take 8%... I think this takes 4%... So let's say $950...

Manufacture code: October 2008
Hood: included
Circular Polarizer filter: included
UV filter: included
Front lens cap: included
Rear lens cap: included
Useless leather bag: included
Original retail box: included

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