Bogen 3232 Tilt Head

When using a monopod there is no need for a traditional tripod head as the monopod can be swiveled left and right and, to a minor extent, up and down. Thus using a traditional ball head or 3 way head would be overkill.

Simply securing the camera or lens directly to the monopod is an option, especially if the subject does not require aiming the camera up or down.

However, if this is not the case, then some sort of head is required to aim the camera above or below the horizon. The Bogen 3232 (distributed by Manfrotto) head is ideal for this situation. It is a small, light (0.5lbs or 0.21kg, a bit less than the published weight by the manufacturer), inexpensive ($15), tilt head that is well suited for monopods. 

The head is fastened to the monopod (or tripod) via a 3/8" or 1/4" (adapter provided) screw fitting. The head itself can accommodate equipment with either 1/4" or 3/8" sockets. To accomplish this, the head has to be taken apart and the bolt reversed. This is a somewhat cumbersome process, but since it is not likely to be performed often, is not a major drawback.

The head platform is wider than it is deep. This is if fine for supporting cameras which have a wide base, but does not provide as much support for lenses which typically have a narrow, but long, foot. The article link below describes a way to overcome this shortcoming by attaching an Arca plate to the head.

The 5.6lbs (2.5kg) rated capacity of this head is significantly understated as it was tested with a Nikon F100 and 400mm f2.8 lens with a combined weight of 11.5lbs (5.2kg) with not apparent problems.


The Bogen 3232 Tilt Head is an inexpensive and sturdy head that deserves to be attached to most monopods.

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Posted 6/4/3, updated 6/6/3