Monopod suggestions for Bird Photography

Started Jun 18, 2014 | Discussions thread
hotdog321
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Re: Monopod suggestions for Bird Photography

I've been using a Gitzo monopod as a photojournalist for decades. Get a tilt head (NOT a ball head!!!) for the monopod and make sure it is tall enough (with head) that you don't have to crouch. Don't be tempted to cheap out. This is a one-time purchase that will last you the rest of your life.

Absolutely, positively, get a good quick release plate. Also think about getting an identical release system for your tripod so your gear can be switched out without headaches. I've used the Manfrotto hexagonal plates for as long as I've used the monopod and they still fit like new.

I've used--and still use--this setup with a 300 f/2.8 + 2X and even the massive 400 f/2.8 + 2X and 600 f/4 for sports, spot news, birding, etc.

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