This Manfrotto 682B Pro Monopod Bundle comes with: . Bonus: No sales tax either, unless you live in New York or New Jersey.
All the features of the 681B Professional Monopod with the handy addition of three retractable legs. The 682 is a black anodized aluminum three-section monopod featuring sure rubber grip, wrist carrying strap, quick action lever leg lock system with 45° flip, large 2.3" camera/head platform with plastic cover and dual 1/4-20" - 3/8" camera screw.
I have found many uses for this handy self standing mono-pod. We carry several of them and not always for cameras. I've found them useful for holding speed lights off camera for adding accent lights in larger spaces for events such as parties or receptions. Battery packs hang from the strap and the base of the SB-910 unit remains on the monopod during break down and storage. This results in very quick setup and takedown. Leaving the cold shoe also allows me to use pocket wizards on them. I place them in corners out of traffic areas and velcro strap them to other vertical stanchions for added stability. They are HEAVY and this is a plus for stability. As an unexpected bonus, I was doing a video and had to grab and move the camera to a new location during a ceremony- the weight of the mono-pod kept the camera unit stable, upright and acted as a makeshift steady-cam unit. I just held my hand on the mono-pod about 1/4 of the way down from the top and this resulted in fluid movements and stable shots, then when I was in a good vantage point, I simply lowered the mono-pod with video camera to the legs and it was perfect. Two things had to be overcome- When using a video camera that doesn't have sound isolation with the microphone, when lifting the mono-pod with the legs extended, they vibrate and transmit noise through the unit to the microphone and ruin the audio. I now lace rubber bands over and under each leg to dampen out this movement/vibration and it's now flawless for a small mobile video stand. Second problem was that the legs don't firm right up when the insert is screwed back into the base... you have to screw them in, put weight on the unit and then screw them in some more. I also take the rubber bands and wrap the legs together when placing them back inside the mono-pod for storage or when using as a true mono-pod. This eliminates any interior movement or noise... a velcro strap works nicely also if you don't have rubber bands handy. I'm writing this review as I've returned for a fourth purchase of this mono-pod today. I vote with my dollars and this unit gets my vote hands down. Yes, I would certainly recommend it to a friend... Versatile, handy and inexpensive.
I bought it for my husband as a gift. He's a professional photographer and he loves it! He's excited about using it.
Good monopod, but don't let it stand alone with a camera on top and trust the little triarms. The tripod legs held stablize it as you push down to shoot.
This unit works great in small spaces, packs easy and most of all, it holds my Canon 5D2 well loaded while giving me hands-free ability to do something else without tying me holding it all the time like a regular monopod. A bit heavy but I got a nice shoulder bag for it. This is a great buy.
This is a well made mono pod with feet which is an excellent alternative when a tripod can't be used. Easy to use, quick setup and take down.
I purchased this because I wanted a mobile tripod (so to speak). It work s great, my biggest gripe is that the tripod les are noisy when they are screwed inside and you're using it as a monopod. However, if you wrap a piece of tape around the legs and then store them, that cuts down on the noise a bit. Also, I wish it was a bit more sturdy as a tripod but it will work for my needs. Still a great buy.
I thought this would be a good alternative to pack in my suitcase for travel, but just as heavy as my full size carbon fiber tripod and of course, not as stable. Takes up less space, yes, but really not worth the trade off.
I've been using the tripod mainly for taking pictures of butterflies.
This monopod is compact enough to put in the suitcase while traveling.It's a well made and sturdy monopod, but too heavy with 3 standing legs.
I know this was going to be a little long but it is very long and very heavy. The feet are not easy to get out or put on. One reviewer said you get use to it but why should you? Great idea just needs to be engineered better for use. I bought another tripod,carbon fiber, and much happier. However, much poorer.