Giottos GTMML 3270B 4 Section 170cm Pro Monopod
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- Increase the stability of your camera
- 4 sections
- Quick action lever leg locks
- Foam hand grip
- 1/4" and 3/8" head fitting
- 12 kg weight capacity
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The Giottos GTMML3270B 4-Section Aluminium Monopod will take a maximum load capacity of 12 kg with a maximum height of 167 cm. The Giottos MML3270B Aluminium monopod is designed to help you capture great images. After a tripod a monopod is the most effective way of increasing the stability of your camera and improving the sharpness of your photographs. Quite simply the monopod connects your camera to the ground supporting the weight whilst you concentrate on framing your shot and firing the shutter. Manufactured from 6061 grade aluminium and featuring quick action lever leg locks foam hand grip and a security wrist strap. The camera or lens can be mounted directly to the top of the monopod or a head can be attached to improve camera positioning
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I chose this monopod, because for considerably less cost than the Manfrotto 695CX, it offered more height for marginal increases in weight (plus 0.06Kg), and closed length (plus 3.5cm).
However, the manufacturer's website, and the instructions that came with the item, stated that the outer 3 / 8" thread was spring-loaded, and would retract into the platform to reveal the 1 / 4" thread (as Manfrotto 695CX). This was not the case on the item I received.
Eventually, it was discovered that there is a small Allen-screw (in the side of the monopod just below the platform) which is only revealed when the wrist-strap swivel is rotated. Loosening this screw half a turn (with the supplied Allen-key) allows the whole platform to be unscrewed. The central threaded stud can then be reversed to reveal the alternative thread.
It may be that I have received the last of an earlier design, or the first of a simplified design.
Update March 2011
This issue has subsequently been discussed with Giottos (Focus-on-Imaging NEC March 2011), and the reversible threaded-stud model that I received is the latest design.
I have been using the 3290B monopod with the Giottos MH7002-652 quick-release ball-head. A reassuringly solid combination, where the camera can be held in one-hand as the monopod is attached (by the self-locking action of the head clasping a camera-mounted plate).
At 6ft (1.83m) tall, I have only needed to use four of the five sections for eye-level work; this means that the stiffest (larger diameter) sections can be used. It also means that the extra section could be utilised if the monopod was used on an incline with the camera `downhill'. Any minor movement to `frame the shot' has been achieved by adjusting only the top-section using the flip-lock clasp.
Overall a well-designed, and well-constructed product - recommended.
The rubber grip makes it comfortable to carry by hand and it does not get too cold on winter days.
I fitted it with a Manfrotto Head and the whole thing feels very robust and will take a camera and a very long focus lens without feeling unstable.
A tripod can get heavy when walking long distances so a Monopod or beanbags are the obvious answer and the Monopod gives height adjustment.
All in all a great purchase.
I've tried this out with a very heavy 100-400mm Canon lens, and it is works great.
I had a Custom Bracket digital Pro mounted on top QR with a 5D2 which worked almost flawlessly (pro bracket FLR lost a screw and the OE battery grip loosened every day with so many swings from portrait to landscape) but this monopod was a true workhorse. Having invested heavily in Manfrotto over the years I have no hesitation in switching to Giottos and will do so as needs arise.
Be careful when looking at carbon monopods. I was considering one 5 times the price of this one which when you work out the weight was only 9% lighter! Add on your camera, battery grip, ball head or custom bracket and it came down to 2.27%!
Best money I've spent on gear in a long time. I'm 5ft 9in but went for the longer length in case I was perched and had to use a lower level to steady the pod. Wise move in event photography.
Built like a tank but doesn't weigh in like one. Very highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really useful item. Saves me lugging my tripod when I am out shooting on a walk. Extends to a good height so I don't have to bend down too much.Published 5 months ago by Neil Jackson
Lovely mono pod with qick release easy to use and quick to use I can thoroughly recommend this itemPublished 8 months ago by chris Challis
Extends to about 5ft 5ins., aluminium construction.
While this is not as stiff as the higher range of carbon monopods, it is still good. Read more