Monopod for tall photographers

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Nick_Brisbane Contributing Member • Posts: 870
Monopod for tall photographers

I am 6'2 around 188 cm tall. Does anyone know of a monopod that extends to around 180 at least. Most seem to be around 169 cms.

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Re: Monopod for tall photographers

Nick_Brisbane wrote:

I am 6'2 around 188 cm tall. Does anyone know of a monopod that extends to around 180 at least. Most seem to be around 169 cms.

Gitzo has a few:

- GM3350XL - Aluminium - 186cm

- GM3550 - Carbon - 192cm

- GM3551 - Carbon -192cm

Benro (more affordable):

- A49T - Aluminum - 193cm

- C49T - Carbon - 185cm

I almost bought the Benro C49T myself, but got a really good deal on a Jobu Design monopod which had enough height for me since I am using a tilt head. I am 185cm and do not have to fully extend the Jobu Design (163cm) because the head and lens collar add enough height.

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Re: Monopod for tall photographers

Remember that you can add 2-3 inches by choosing a good-sized head and quick release plate for your monopod.

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Re: Monopod for tall photographers

I am 190cm tall. My monopod is 170cm, and that is enough to get the ocular at the same heigh as my eyes, without using a head between the monopod and camera.. But I prefer to use a head so I can set the end of the monopod a little in front of me, tilting the monopod against me. With a decent head, my monopod is even long enough for using it this way.

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Re: Monopod for tall photographers

I always use a head on a monopod so I can precisely balance a 300 or 400mm lens at their center of gravity for sports and news events, but still angle them slightly to frame the shot properly.

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Re: Monopod for tall photographers

Nick_Brisbane wrote:

I am 6'2 around 188 cm tall. Does anyone know of a monopod that extends to around 180 at least. Most seem to be around 169 cms.

Okay, considering and allowing for your line of sight (4"), the swivel head (3") and viewfinder distance (3") for a non gripped body, that's 10" (25cm) leeway. I'm 6" and a 170cm or 67" pod is more than adequate.......it's way over my eye level with a head attached........

......seriously consider the Feisol CM-1471

This is one of the finest monopods I have ever owned and I've used Manfrotto and Gitzo....quality and design is well worth the cost....... http://www.feisol.net/feisol-monopod-cm1471-rapid-p-6.html .....

The unit weighs a mere 1.5 lbs and is as solid as a baseball bat made of Carbon fiber with 4 section non-rotational twist lock legs. The lower section is as robust as many upper legs of CF tripods........check the attached photos.

It's as good as a Gitzo at half the cost.....

you can use a tilt head like a Manfrotto 234RC2 or a much more fluid head like the Kirk... http://www.kirkphoto.com/Kirk_MPA-2_Monopod_Head.html

......which is less expensive than the RRS MH-01 models....... http://reallyrightstuff.com/Items.aspx?code=MH01&key=cat

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