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KirkMPA-2 Monopod Head
 
4.8

(based on 46 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (35)

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    (11)

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    (0)

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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)

Reviewed by 46 customers

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5.0

Solid and Trustworthy

By Papillon

from Monterey Bay, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Kirk MPA-2 Monopod Head:

I was using a monopod head from another company, and it worked, but it just didn't feel solid. I felt like it could let go at any time, even though it had a strong weight rating. I decided to go with the MPA-2 because off Kirk's excellent reputation and I could get one from B&H. I've used it with a heavy prime and I'm no longer putting any thought into the monopod head. It clamps and locks down solidly and does what it does. A benefit to this head is that you can adjust it for a little bit play in the tilt. If I have to make an extreme tilt upward, I can do it without having to tilt the monopod so much that it can lose it's stability. Most of the time, it's locked down. Having a quick release clamp makes set up and tear down much easier and quicker than having to unscrew a monopod from a lens foot. I'd buy this head again.

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5.0

So well built.

By Birds Beware!

from Virginia

Verified Buyer

Comments about Kirk MPA-2 Monopod Head:

Like all Kirk products this is built so well. It is easy to use and functions perfectly. I own several Kirk plates and replacement collars so when it came time to purchase a tilt head for my Benro monopod I thought I would give the Kirk product a try. I'm very glad that I did!!

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5.0

Perfect monopod head!

By Dick

from Columbus,NE

Verified Buyer

Comments about Kirk MPA-2 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!

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5.0

First Rate Monopod Tilt Head

By Jeff

from Vienna, VA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Kirk MPA-2 Monopod Head:

Absolutely nothing negative to say about this Kirk Monopod Tilt Head. As good as it gets. Can handle much more weight than I would ever put on it. Not the slightest slippage. Not too big/heavy. The ONLY reason I could imagine looking at other options would be if you simply can't afford the cost of this first rate product, keeping in mind that its primary competitor (from RRS) is even more expensive.

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5.0

Outstanding Design and made in the USA!

By Gus

from Knoxville, TN

Verified Buyer

Comments about Kirk MPA-2 Monopod Head:

If you use a monopod, you definitely need this head! I looked at the alternatives from Sirui and Really Right Stuff. The design of Kirk's position locking mechanism is superior, and the Allen wrench included inside the Arca-Swiss compatible clamp makes switching the clamp orientation a breeze. Highly recommended and far better than using a ball head on a monopod.

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5.0

Excellent!

By Canon4Nature

from Bend, OR

Verified Buyer

Comments about Kirk MPA-2 Monopod Head:

I'd looked at both this Kirk and the RRS monopod heads chose the Kirk. Very glad I did. As with all Kirk gear I own, this piece is beautifully crafted and handles very well. I really like its adjustable tension, which works well for my 500 f/4L and various Canon cameras. It's mounted on a Gitzo Series 3 monopod. I had to Loctite the head to prevent the head from loosening on the monopod because the monopod lacks locking screws.

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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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          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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                • No

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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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