The Kirk MPA-2 Monopod Head 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" 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.
Reviewed by 3 customers
This is a well-machined head which is perfect for the Giottos monopod (MML3270B). The former anti-twist screw (only one of the three)could be used with this head. The clamp is firm and solid. The head movements are first class. Controls are easy to use and reach. The use of an allen wrench to adjust the orientation of the plate is not an issue. I had it adjusted to my preference, and never dealt with it again in the field.
I purchased this tilt-head to replace a Kirk MPA-1 head which was barely adequate for my needs and which I lost on a bus in Croatia. The MPA-2 is a top-notch, solidly built head which is far superior to the previous MPA-1. I mount this on a Calumet 8x carbon-fiber monopod. Although my greatest load at present is a Canon 7D + 300mm f/4L IS and 1.4x TC or 400mm f/5.6L; I am sure that this rig would support a far heavier payload. Although it is a bit heavier and somewhat more expensive than my previous MPA-1, both the weight and the price are well worth it. The slot is easily shifted 90-degrees to accomodate a camera on an L bracket and adjusts throughout its range quite nicely. I often carry my camera/lens attached to the monopod and tilt-head and over my shoulder. I feel a lot more secure with the MPA-2 than I did with the MPA-1.
I have to say this thing is built like a tank and I have no worries about it supporting my Nikon 200-400mm lens with D800 attached. I use to have a Manfrotto head attached to the monopod and it did Okay for my other lenses, but it of course the 200-400mm weighs more than it can handle. Plus I like the arca-swiss mount better than the Manfrotto and might be converting all my stuff to Kirk's.