Here’s the K&F Concept Tripod; https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=K%26F+concept+tripod&client=safari&hl=en-gb&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiQqc_K77PzAhVN8OAKHTcJC6IQ_AUoA3oECAEQBQ&biw=1366&bih=891&dpr=2#imgrc=bZxaRD-1llqfNM
My assumption was that the centre column of any tripod I would be interested in would form the monopod. But, thinking about it that wouldn’t work, what ever mechanism is used to secure leg segment would get in the way. The visit to the London Camera Exchange on Saturday was an eye opener. This is where I found out that a leg would do the job. I must admit I was a bit disconcerted at that.
Now there is a fiddly bit in the transition from monopod to tripod, but it’s less fiddly, and much more robust than the Manfroto product that I had a go with. it has a very good, smooth ball and socket head and also came with a crossbar mount ring. I misread the description thinking that it didn’t come with one so I ordered one. Luckily the Amazon Returns process is probably about as smooth as they can take. The refund is already back on the card.
I took my new acquisition out for a trip this morning. I had the body of the tripod slung across my back with the new strap. It was very lite (being a leg short as well) I barely noticed it was there. I have to say it was much better than carrying the old tripod in its bag. The monopod needs a little bit of getting used to, but I will. Because I slept a bit later than usual, and left the house about 15 minutes later than I usually did, I really had to rush to get to the waterfront to do my weather report to the #Breakfastclub, arriving just in time. I didn’t go through the conversion, so I still have to practices that under “operational” conditions. I’m sure it will all work out fine
Talking very briefly about the old tripod and especially the old monopod, they have both given excellent service in their time. I’m sorry to see the monopod go to charity, but there really is no point in keeping it.