Monopod, Tripod, Ball Head
July 21, 2015
Joby GP3 GorillaPod SLR-Zoom Flexible Tripod When I bought the Gorillapod from Amazon, I only bought the mini tripod without the Joby BH1 Ball Head with Bubble Level since I already have one that I planned to used with it. I have been using arca swiss type plates for my cameras and I’m so used to it that I don’t want any other ball head. If you don’t have a ball head yet, Joby GP3 GorillaPod SLR-Zoom Flexible Tripod + BH1 Ball Head with Bubble Level for approximately $50, but if you have a ball head that you can use, the Joby GP3 GorillaPod SLR-Zoom Flexible Tripod is a great buy for only $30+ . Read my review here.
Manfrotto 680B Monopod. Four section Monopod featuring sure rubber grip, wrist carrying strap, quick action lever leg lock system with 45° run, large 60 mm camera/head platform with plastic cover and dual 1/4” – 3/8” camera fixing screw. This replaces the Bogen Manfrotto 680. Build quality is excellent. I sometimes used this a when I’m shooting sports, helps me carry that heavy gear.
Fotopro 51-G Arca Compatible Tripod Ball Head. Precision made Fotopro® brand ball head. New Arca-Swiss compatible Ball head. All metal construction. Graduated panoramic scale on base. Independent ball lock. Includes 40mm clamp & one 40mm (1.56″) QR plate with 1/4″ screw & D ring. 3/8″ tripod socket w 1/4″ adapter. Ball diameter: 30mm (1.2″). Height: 9cm (3.5″). Diameter of base: 43mm (1.7″). Max load: 7kg (15.4 lbs). Weight: 315g (12oz). Height 90mm (3.5″).
Dolica AX620B100 62-Inch Proline Tripod Dolica’s 62″ Aluminum Proline Tripod is ideal for both indoor and outdoor photography. It is perfect for events, sports activity, capturing that one amazing shot. Designed for use with Point-N-Shoot cameras and / or Digital SLR cameras Tripod Features: Professional Aluminum alloy construction and able to support up to 13.2 lbs. Base thread: 3/8″. Includes ballhead, quick release plate and bubble level. 90 degree vertical platform. Standard-wide angle, semi-wide angle, full-wide angle. Quick release leg locks and non-slip rubber feet. I replace the ballhead with a much better one. I bought a Vanguard SBH-300 Ball Head which is perfect for what I need.
Vanguard SBH-300 Large-Format Magnesium Alloy Ballhead. Manufactured by Vanguard, this ballhead is made of solid magnesium alloy, and I can tell that the build quality is excellent without the heavy price tag. The SBH-300 can support up to 70lbs./32 kg, which is an overkill for me. It can handle my eos 20d with EF 70-200mm F/4 IS USM like a toy. I had this ballhead since February of 2010 and up to now it’s still in A+ condition. One feature that I like is the plate locking mechanism, to release the plate I have to un-tighten a knob, but this won’t release the plate, there is a second lock that I have to press to fully release the plate, that second lock is the red button on the opposite side. This is an excellent feature which is a must on all plates to protect the camera from accidental drop.