Hi all Im getting an interest in macro photography with insects, Im looking at a monopod and ball head for this reason. Im looking at spending around $200-300 for both. I found a carbon fibre twist release monopod for $100 at camera house which compacts down very nicely which I like. But there is a trigger release monopod which I like from Manfrotto which could be good for that quick adjustment you may need for insects, but does not compact down as much so not as good for traveling (bushwalking). Would love too have you opinion which way too go.
Second is the ball head, Im looking at the manfrotto 496rc2 or 498rc2 or is there something much better for a little more lay out? I have read that these can move a little when using large lenses 5deg so u need to adjust for the slack.