Universal Folding Base 678: This unique accessory allows the addition of a base made of three foldable high strength steel legs for Monopods 679, 680, 681 and old style 3016, 3018, 3249. The legs can be folded and stored inside the bottom section of the monopod ready for use in just a few seconds.
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Reviewed by 4 customers
I use this base on Manfrotto 685B monopod. This base DOES NOT fit my monopod 685B so I have to do customization for it to fit. This 2 things are NOT meant to be together so DON'T buy them. But I purchased some tools at local hardware store and put them together and LOVE IT!
Saw a review where this may end up loose. I did not find that at all. It fit snug and I tightened up the 3 set screws. LOVE IT! I just wanted to be able to add some stabilization to my 680B when necessary. I do not expect to leave my camera alone on it, but I wanted to not have to find a place to stabilize any sway (you know - the back and forth and you have to put your hand against a door frame, tree, the pickup truck...) that may not be available! This is perfect. Tucks away when I do not need it and I found it easy enough to "untuck" when I do need it!
I bought this base for my 680B monopods. The instruction states removing the ring first in order to attach the base to the 680B monopods without the ring. I of course follow the instruction, but I should not have attached the monopod without the ring. Basically, do not follow the instruction. I have reviewed many people feedback online and I found out many people complaint that they cannot attach the base to the monopod tightly. I found out a solution online that attach the ring to the monopod first. The size of the ring is same as the size of the bottom monopod that make not easy to put the ring attaching to the monopod. It means that will secure the ring to the monopod very tight (it is good.) Putting the base into the monopod and getting the base from the monopod are not difficult, but openning the base by one hand is very difficult. Normally, one hand holds the monopod and the other hand unscrews the base. After you take the base from the monopod, you only have one hand to open it. I have trained myself opening and closing the base many times to get efficency. The weight is not much lighter than a tripod after you attach the base to the monopod, but it is thinner than a tripod. Overall, it is a good product.
it is what it is, and not what it is not.