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KirkMPA-2 Monopod Head
 
4.7

(based on 40 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stable (21)
  • Attaches firmly (20)
  • Strong clamp (19)
  • Large range of motion (16)
  • Durable (8)

Cons

  • Heavy (5)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (24)
  • Wildlife (16)
  • Travel (13)
  • Landscape/scenery (11)
  • Wildlife photos (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (14), Semi-pro photographer (13)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (29)

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5.0

Excellent Product

By Wayne

from Bryan, Texas

Verified Buyer

Comments about Kirk MPA-2 Monopod Head:

I had attempted to use a ball head with minimal success. This head is much better and is of the same excellent quality as my Kirk ball heads.

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5.0

A perfect tilt head

By Chrisada

from Thailand

Verified Reviewer

Comments about Kirk MPA-2 Monopod Head:

I was after a good tilt head that allows the clamp to be rotated 90 degree. This will allow the tilt head to be attached both to a lens plates and camera bodies. I use this head primarily with Fuji X-T1 and 50-140mm f2.8 zoom, and perhaps later the 100-400mm. There is a genius built-in allen wrench that one can use to rotate the clamp.

I only found the Kirk MPA-2 and Really Right Stuff MH-02 that can do this, and ended up getting the Kirk. I did no regret the decision.

While about 1/2 the price of the RRS MH-02, the Kirk MPA-2 is still not cheap. However, it is worth it. Its primary selling point is the adjustable tension of the tilt knob. It can be solidly tight, perfectly smooth, and just about any friction you need in between. This makes it very useful for following actions while providing the stability.

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5.0

The strongest of the camera platform

By TETSU

from Japan

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Comments about Kirk MPA-2 Monopod Head:

I tried a variety of camera platform fixing force, I think that it is ease of use both strongest of monopod for camera platform.

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4.0

Heavy lens upgrade

By Jimster

from Texas

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy to Use

Cons

  • Expensive

Best Uses

  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Kirk MPA-2 Monopod Head:

I got this to support a Nikon 200-500 lens and D750 on a Manfrotto monopod. The Manfrotto basic monopod head was not sturdy enough to handle this combination. The new Kirk head and related lens plate handle the weight easily and are much easier to adjust tilting while in use. The arca Swiss type binding is a definite improvement over the standard Manfrotto quick release.

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5.0

Great Monopod Head

By jlkphoto

from USA West Coast

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Kirk MPA-2 Monopod Head:

    This is an excellent heavy duty head that can handle a pro DSLR with telephoto lens.

    The clamp can be turned 90 degrees so it works with just about any camera or lens plates.

    Highly recommended.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Excellent

    By SLaflamme

    from Port Charlotte, FL

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy to Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Kirk MPA-2 Monopod Head:

        I expected good quality but this is more than that. Solid build and a bit on the heavy side, which tells me this will last a lifetime. Took it for a city shoot on a non collard lens. Switched the clamp around for forward/back movement. Made life so simple. Coupled with Induro CLM 205 monopod...awesome.

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        4.0

        a solid, but basic, monopod head

        By steveb

        from Delaware

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Kirk MPA-2 Monopod Head:

          This is a very solidly constructed monopod head. The workmanship and materials are all first-rate, and it will be useful for a very long time. One pays for all this, of course, both in the price but also in the weight. The head weighs as much as my carbon fibre monopod. For me, this is not a problem- that isn't much weight.

          The head is all business: It is simple to use, as there is not much to do except change the tilt angle with the larger knob or release the camera from the head with the smaller knob. I don't see any slippage at all from where I set the position.

          I was a bit surprised and disappointed that the head did not come with a plate. The Kirk head uses a "standard" QR area-swiss plate and, so far as I know, most cameras can work with the standard plate, but Kirk didn't include this small add-on with the head. It is possible to get a plate that fits this head from several inexpensive sources, though. Both of the ones I found online that worked well with my Nikon D810 and fit the head perfectly.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Strong and compact

          By Mike S

          from Charlotte, NC

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Great Picture Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Kirk MPA-2 Monopod Head:

            I use this with a series 3 sized monopod, with cameras with an Arca-Swiss compatible L-plate. It is very solid. The clamp can be rotated 90 degrees, which makes it ideal for this common type of setup. The tilt adjustment can be easily adjusted for an almost fluid level of drag via the large knob.

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            5.0

            Superb engineering

            By David S.

            from Hobart, Tasmania, AUSTRALIA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy to Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Kirk MPA-2 Monopod Head:

              This head is a beautifully precise piece of Kirk engineering. Perfectly suited to a medium-sized carbon tripod like a Gitzo GM2541. Fore-aft rotation is very smooth, with precise friction adjustment from the large main control knob. The Arca-Swiss type QR head is 2.5 inches long, great for longer telephotos. The best monopod head I've tried by far, highly recommended.

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              5.0

              Classic Kirk Product

              By Dan

              from NY

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Kirk MPA-2 Monopod Head:

                I bought this for photographing Polar Bear and other Arctic wildlife from a ship. It proved to be invaluable in helping me steady my camera and telephoto zoom on a monopod. My photos were must sharper than handheld with image stabilization. The mechanism was smooth and easy to fine tune tension which made adjusting the camera simple. I've always had great luck with Kirk products. My ball head is 15 years old and works as well now as it did when I bought it. Great products, great company!

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                4.0

                good quality

                By cupcake

                from JAPAN

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Kirk MPA-2 Monopod Head:

                good !

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                4.0

                good!

                By lazyzorro

                from Japan

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Kirk MPA-2 Monopod Head:

                simple & easy

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                • No

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                5.0

                Finishing touch for my monopod

                By Doug

                from Jackson, MS

                Comments about Kirk MPA-2 Monopod Head:

                Kirk products are high quality with smooth adjustment components. Topped off my carbon fiber monopod. Price was worth it.

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                5.0

                Another great Kirk product

                By MJM

                from Illinois

                Comments about Kirk MPA-2 Monopod Head:

                Meticulous engineering, smooth function, durable, exactly fit my needs. On a Manfrotto monopod, primarily for Hasselblad when using 500mm lens, or in cases requiring longer exposures. This makes the monopod useful in many more cases, allowing positioning the monopd at angles to best provide stable imaging.

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                4.0

                Solid Head

                By GoFarFoto

                from West Fargo, ND

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Kirk MPA-2 Monopod Head:

                  I had a Manfrotto monopod head before switching to Arca Swiss style QR plates, and this head is so smooth, and easy to lock and unlock, that there is no comparison. The ability to rotate the clamp on top is also a plus, depending on whether I have my long lens on, or if I just need a little extra stability on my camera body.

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                  4.0

                  Very good monopod head for Arca-Swiss

                  By SteveDK

                  from Boston, MA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Firmly
                  • Good Stability
                  • Strong Clamp

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about Kirk MPA-2 Monopod Head:

                  I decided to go with the Kirk MPA-2 Monopod Head rather than one of the Really Right Stuff ones because it was obvious that the clamp plate can be fixed to tilt in the up/down dimension. You can easily loosen the bolt in the plate with an allen wrench and rotate it 90˚ then retighten the screw. So it can be set to rotate the camera & lens around the lens axis for yaw, or for tilting the lens up or down from the horizontal. It works very well with my Manfrotto monopod and my D800E with a Really Right Stuff L bracket (BD800-L B). The head seems very solid. I use this combination for daylight landscape photography in rugged terrain, and it works very well, with more flexibility and faster repositioning than a tripod could afford.

                  The small knob locks the camera or lens quick release onto the head securely in the clamp, while the larger knob controls the tension on the pivot for yaw or tilt. My only negative comment is that the the large knob tensions a bit slowly, requiring a number of twists to get to the stopping point. But it's not necessary to go that far for the pivot to become fixed, at least with the lenses I am using, so the knob tension issue doesn't bug me really.

                  Machining and fit of all components seems excellent. It seems built to last.

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                  5.0

                  Best Monopod Head In The World!

                  By Chip

                  from Cypress, CA

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Firmly
                  • Good Stability
                  • Large Range of Motion
                  • Strong Clamp

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Portraits
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Kirk MPA-2 Monopod Head:

                  This monopod head is larger than it looks! It is very strong and I believe the 80 lbs capacity rating is conservative. It is very well made, functions extremely well and looks like a work of art. I believe this is the best monopod head in the world. The only down side is it weighs as much as my monopod. All in all this is a high quality product that I am very pleased with.

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                  5.0

                  Great Monopod Head

                  By Theron

                  from Saint Petersburg, FL

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Firmly
                  • Good Stability
                  • Large Range of Motion
                  • Strong Clamp

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Kirk MPA-2 Monopod Head:

                    I use this head with my 600mm Nikon lens, and it works great. Very solid and the large knob is easy to adjust. I find I can tighten or loosen it with my left thumb, keeping my right hand free for the camera. It fits a standard Arca-Swiss plate and the tightening knob for this is quite adequate.

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                    4.0

                    Versitle

                    By Terry

                    from Orinda, CA

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Large Range of Motion
                    • Versitle

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Sports/Action

                    Comments about Kirk MPA-2 Monopod Head:

                    Great way to add a pivot to a monopod. Heavy, but useful enough that I keep it attached all the time. Provides flexibility in use of monopod while shooting action.

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                    5.0

                    Everything it claims to be

                    By Richard

                    from Seaview, WA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Firmly
                    • Good Stability
                    • Large Range of Motion
                    • Strong Clamp

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Birding
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Kirk MPA-2 Monopod Head:

                      I have two Kirk ball heads for my tripods which have been a real pleasure to use. They also set a very high standard for any similar, new products to meet. I'm happy to say this monopod head easily exceeds my expectations.

                      The MPA-2 is responsible for supporting a 5DmkIII, with battery grip and L bracket, connected to a 400mm f/5.6 lens. It does this so well, you don't even realize it is there.

                      I've tried a couple of other monopod heads that might have been satisfactory for a smaller, lighter kit; they didn't hold up for me. I'm sure this head will easily support a much larger, heavier lens.

                      While I haven't tried this yet, I'm confident that adding a bracket mounted flash gun will pose no problem.

                      You do generally get what you pay for, and this head is truly a great value because I got more than I expected for what I paid. Highly recommended.

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