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Kirk MPA-2 Monopod Head

Kirk MPA-2 Monopod Head
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Kirk MPA-2 Overview

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.

Kirk MPA-2 Specs

Load Capacity80 lb (36.3 kg)
Quick ReleaseClamp (Rotates 90°)
Tripod Mount Thread Size3/8"
Height3.63" (9.2 cm)
Maximum Diameter2.13" (5.4 cm)
Weight14 oz (397 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.18 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)6.65 x 5.4 x 4.55"

Kirk MPA-2 Reviews


By Keizou
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-06

It's a pity that the torque cannot be adjusted. It is convenient because it can be tightened even if you are wearing gloves.

Tough goods

By Kahei
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-08-27

Even heavy machinery and materials become stable.

Great product

By Peter
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-08-02

I use this Monopod head for my Nikon 200-500mm lens on a D500. It is well made, sturdy and strong enough to hold the lens on the monopod with no movement. I am very happy with the quality of this product.

Very unreliable !! I'm getting the RRS !!

By Alejandro
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2020-02-21

It worked fine for some days ... but... it failed to work smoothly with my 500 f4 when I was on a birding expedition in a far away place!! .. it's always a fight to change the position of it.. sometimes it needs that I put a lot of effort and sometimes I have almost to hit it to adjust it.. Useless!! I do not recomend at all ! go instead for the RRS monopod head .. more money, but their stuff is flawless and reliable!!


By thomas
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-05-20

It's already been said by others but until you use this you don't know how smooth the adjustment is. Locks up solid with only 2 fingers. A great piece of engineering that is worth the price.

quick release plate

By Warran
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2021-02-14

My big issue with this head is that none of my quick release plates will fit and it does not come with one. I have three different versions of mounting plates and they are all too big for this head.

Been needing this for a while

By Michael
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-02-08

I have and a monopod for years, but have always just used the ballhead, I have. But, this monopod specific head is more functional on a monopod. The only negative, at this point, is that the knob for tightening/loosening the ArcaSwiss clamp is stiffer than any others I own, so I think I'll need to be more careful that the clamp is tight enough against the camera plate.

New to Monopods - Appreciate the features.

By Suzanne
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-27

I don't quite have one of the big guns lenses at this point, but I have used it with my Sony mirrorless with a 70-350 lens. It was easy to switch around the base plate. I like having the large adjustment knob that is user-friendly and placed in an intuitive place so that I can reach up and adjust it while looking through the viewfinder without feeling around for it. It has enough friction that I can keep it loose enough to tilt while trying to take pictures of gulls and ducks. I bought it because of the reviews and because it is made in the USA.

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Does this head come with the camera plate?
Asked by: Anonymous
No, it does not come with a camera plate. It is compatible with any 2.5 Arca-style quick release plate/brackets.
Answered by: Yos O.
Date published: 2021-05-16

Can the plate and it's tightening knob be removed ...

Can the plate and it's tightening knob be removed and re-mounted at 90 degrees? I'd like it to tilt up and down without having to get a new square Area-Swiss plate, and I'd like the two knobs not to be on the same size.
Asked by: Pavel
Yes, the quick release receiver can be re-positioned 90 degrees.
Answered by: Patrick
Date published: 2021-05-16

Is this a fluid head? I am looking for something ...

Is this a fluid head? I am looking for something compact with just tilt for my monopod.
Asked by: Garrick
No this is not fluid head , this is compact fluid head Gitzo 2-Way Fluid Head B&H # GIGHF2W
Answered by: vilson
Date published: 2021-02-02

Could I attach this mount head on the Manfrotto ...

Could I attach this mount head on the Manfrotto 057 Carbon Fiber Tripod ? Can I fix a 21 pounds telescope model Scientific Explorer 140mm that has a vixen tail mount ?
Asked by: Jacques
Yes the head can be attached to the Manfrotto 057. To added your telescope, you would need these 2 parts: Plus an Arca compatible plate such as this:
Answered by: Dan
Date published: 2021-01-20

Can the quick release receiver be removed and ...

Can the quick release receiver be removed and then replaced with a different one like the Kessler Kwik release system?
Asked by: Edwin
The quick-release clamp on the Kirk MPA-2 Monopod Head can be easily removed by applying an Allen wrench to the silver machine screw in the center. There are 1/4”-20 threads on top of the head — the same as tripod mounting threads under a camera. The Kessler Kwik Release has various sizes of mounting threads, and I believe it comes with an assortment of machine screws to match those threads. So I would bet it could easily be mounted on the Kirk head. Note that the Kessler clamp is substantially larger than the one shipped with the Kirk head, so it will overhang the support surface quite a bit. The Kessler product looks well made and versatile. What is your reason for wanting to use it with the Kirk head? What advantage do you see compared to the excellent Arca Swiss clamp that is shipped with the Kirk? (Just curious.)
Answered by: Robert
Date published: 2021-04-08

Hi i would like to know that this ball head is it ...

Hi i would like to know that this ball head is it without the quick release camera plate in the box? If not is it must use the kirk’s plate or can be choice third party to replace it?
Asked by: Gary
The Kirk MPA-2 Monopod Head does not include a quick release plate. You could use any Arca-style quick release plate.
Answered by: Lawrence
Date published: 2021-05-16


can this monopod tilt vertical flat so I can take a vertical image? I do see in the image that it does tilt. Just want to make sure it tilts the whole way. I use a flash bracket for my flash and Nikon D700. Just want to make sure this monopod will tilt the whole way vertical to take a image.Thanks,
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes it can. The head tilts to a 90 degree vertical angle, and the clamp at the top can also be rotated 90 degrees for further articulation and angle control.
Answered by: Yos O.
Date published: 2021-05-16

Will this head accept a Peak Design Capture v3 ...

Will this head accept a Peak Design Capture v3 plate?
Asked by: Finn
Yes. This is arca-swiss compatible, and the version 3 slim plate is by far the most compatible one they make. :)
Answered by: Jeremy
Date published: 2021-04-26
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