Kirk MPA-2 Monopod Head

Kirk MPA-2 Monopod Head

Kirk MPA-2 Monopod Head

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Kirk MPA-2 overview

  • 1Description

The MPA-2 Monopod Head from Kirk provides you with both good quality construction and budget-friendly value. All of the external components are crafted from tough 6061-T aircraft aluminum--including the solid, captive-design knobs. However, in order to avoid corrosion, the internal metal parts are all stainless steel. The bearings are made from self-lubricating Delrin composite, and the tripod socket is compatible with any 3/8-inch threads.

The MPA-2 has a locking nut design that allows you to conveniently operate it even while wearing gloves. The design is also strong enough to hold 80 lb of camera and lens gear.

All external components are crafted from 6061-T aircraft aluminum, and the internal metal parts are stainless steel to avoid corrosion. The bearings are made from self-lubricating Delrin composite.
Featuring Kirk's 2.5" Arca-style quick release clamp, and a tripod socket that accepts 3/8" threads.
Quick release clamp rotates 90 degrees, and the locking nut design allows you to easily operate even while wearing gloves.
Supports up to 80 lb of camera and lens equipment.
Designed and built in the USA.
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Kirk MPA-2 Monopod Head
  • 5-Year Limited Warranty
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    Kirk MPA-2 specs

    Load Capacity 80 lb (36.3 kg)
    Quick Release Clamp (Rotates 90°)
    Tripod Mount Thread Size 3/8"
    Height 3.63" (9.2 cm)
    Maximum Diameter 2.13" (5.4 cm)
    Weight 14 oz (397 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.25 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.8 x 5.4 x 5.3"

    Kirk MPA-2 reviews

    MPA-2 Monopod Head is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 64.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you need a very good monopod head, this is the one to get Bird photographer. The head handles a 500 mm f/4 prime on a full frame body with ease. This head and a monopod are quite an adequate substitute for a gimbal head and tripod for bird photography, especially birds in flight. Certainly more convenient and mobile. Tension/lock knob has a wide range of engagement, meaning it can be fine tuned between no friction and full lock up with the precise amount of tension desired by the user; cheaper heads seem to be either full lock or full off with nothing in between. Design and build quality are first rate. Tilt motion is silky smooth over the full range. Arca compatible clamp holds the lens/camera very securely.
    Date published: 2016-12-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid, handy, and functional I'm using this on a monopod with a Nikon D300s and a 300mm f/2.8 lens and a 1.7x teleconverter. Simply put it works. It's gorgeously made and importantly readily holds my heavy rig when moving about with rig over my shoulder. It's solidly built and the knobs work smoothly. I struggled within the decison between this and the RRS monopod head. Both are expensive though the Kirk is cheaper. I field tested each in use by friends on even heavier rigs with 500mm lenses. I shoot birds and with a flick of the wrist the monopd falls loose allowing for non supported flight shots with the monopod resting on my chest. I have no regrets!
    Date published: 2013-01-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceeds my expectation! Excellent product! I use this on a Gitzo GM5561T monopod for heavy lens support during bird shoots because I'm tired of lugging a tripod/gimbal head on day hikes (5-10 miles). It's superbly built and rated to hold heavy loads. It has a very smooth tilt nut/knob tension function and allows one to obtain the right amount of tension needed. Overall,I'm very impressed by this head. Highly recommended!!
    Date published: 2012-04-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from As Smooth As Kirk Says It Is Even though I don't use giant telephoto lenses nothing more than 200mm for me, I've gotten older, less vertically stable and considerably shakier. I use a monopod a lot more often than I used to. After almost losing my balance a few times; and risking toppling over head first into a bush by tilting too far forward with a rigid monopod/camera combination; I decided to get a good monopod tilt head for my Induro CM-34 monopod. Tilting the camera is a much better strategy than tilting the monopod. A tilting head is a must for a monopod, especially with a heavy camera like my D800. After dismissing a few brands of tilt head, owing to their lowish weight bearing capacity, I settled on investigating the Kirk MPA-2 head and the Really Right Stuff MH-01. From what I gathered, the RSS MH-01 is an extremely well crafted product, but unlike the Kirk MPA-2 I found few, detailed, objective user reviews that enumerated the pros and cons of the RSS MH-01. It is also more expensive than the Kirk. So, I ended up buying the more frequently reviewed product; and the reviews were almost universally great; I purchased the Kirk MPA-2. The workmanship and machining quality is superb and the black anodized finish is very smooth. The main clamping knob is large and well ridged for a sure grip. The 60mm ARCA-Swiss compatible clamp accepted my Sumwayfoto L-plate easily and firmly with no play or wobble. The clamp easily swivels 90 deg. without removing it completly from the head, but you still have to loosen the Allan hex-screw and then tighten it back down again. There is no integrated spirit-level on the clamp, but on a monopod, this is no drawback for me. I rely on the D800's built in level anyway. The tilting mechanism operates very smoothly just like Kirk says it does. All the delrin bearings are internal as, unlike the RSS, there are no visible bearings. It only takes a quarter of a turn or less of the main clamping knob to tighten down the load from the drag set position. The stated maximum weight load of the MPA-2 is 80 lb. My D800/24-70 f/8 is a heavy combination and when the head was tightened down, I could not budge the camera and there was no creep whatsoever under an extreme tilt. The only complaints I have are minor. The MPA-2 tilts slightly more than 90 degrees on either side of the horizontal axis, which means that the edge of the clamp butts up against the edge of the head base with an audible click if you swing it down with too much enthusiasm. Also, obviously, your camera axis will not be perfectly orthogonal to the monopod head/monopod axis. A physical stop at 90 deg. would be a good improvement to the device. On the other hand the device is on a monopod so maybe, so what. If you are going to need to frequently swivel the clamp around from being situated parallel to the tilt to right angles to the tilt you'll need to carry a 4 mm Allen key with you. Again, this is a minor kvetch. I'm very satisfied with my purchase and its performance and I would gladly recommend the Kirk MPA-2 to a friend.
    Date published: 2013-11-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heavy lens upgrade 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.
    Date published: 2016-03-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect monopod head! I use the MPA-2 via a RRS L- bracket on a Nikon D700 and D810 camera bodies for lenses in the 14-105 mm focal lengths and the foot mount on telephoto length lenses. It is a smooth operation using the onboard allen wrench (which stores on the clamp) to rotate the clamp 90 degrees. Setting the drag stays exactly where set until you change it to another setting. When you lock it, no worry it's not moving! The rotation of the drag lock knob seems to me just right. The clamp exudes quality, works perfectly!
    Date published: 2016-08-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from An essential piece of gear If you need or use a monopod then you need a monopod head and you can do no better than the MPA-2 by Kirk. This monopod head has the added convenience of being compatible with the arca swiss style quick release plates and is of sturdy design and construction so as to make it the first choice for larger lenses. I haven't found anything wrong with this monopod head yet and don't think that I will.
    Date published: 2012-09-25
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Kirk Monopod Head I got this monopod head to save money over buying a ballhead. Since this head only moves side-to-side, I was hoping I could use the monopod itself to aim the camera up or down. At least for me, that did not work well at all. Everything is thrown off balance with even slightly tilting the monopod up or down-- and this is only using a 50mm lens with my Canon 7d. I've already returned the monopod head to B&H and am purchasing the Kirk BH-3 ball head instead. The construction and quality on the monopod head is superb and it's very solid and easy to adjust. If that was the only consideration, I'd give it five stars. Because it's basically unusable to me, I'm giving it one star.
    Date published: 2013-11-24
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