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About Manfrotto 685B Neotec Monopod

The automatic, 3 section, monopod provides immediate single handed final height adjustment. Squeeze the trigger handle and the top section can be raised or lowered, release, and it locks in position. The lower two sections have a twist lock action for additional height adjustment. The top plate has a dual 1/4" - 3/8" camera fixing screw.

Combines the same leg release technology developed for the 458B NEOTEC Tripod and the design concept of the 3245 Automatic Monopod
To extend and open the monpod, pull the leg down. By squeezing the trigger handle, all three sections can be raised or lowered; releas the handle and it locks in position. To close, squeeze the trigger and push the 3 leg sections up

The 685B sports a new safety lever that prevents accidental deployment of the locking release mechanism. To close the monopod, simply activate the safety lever with the small 'pinkie' finger, which then allows the grip action handle to be depressed. The lever is simple to operate while still maintaining the one-handed closing operation.

To further improve the single-handed performance of the Neotec Monopod, Manfrotto has added a lightweight rubber foot pedal to make opening or closing a snap. To increase the height of the camera, simply step on the pedal and lift the monopod to the new position. For storage and transportation, the foot pedal folds away against the bottom leg section.

Manfrotto has also added a protective leg-warmer on the bottom leg section to provide protection against the elements and offer a comfortable grip during transportation. And for extra ground support and increased grip, a suction cup foot has been added.

All these features add up to Manfrotto's most advanced monopod, while maintaining the extremely powerful Neote clocking system to withhold the heaviest of camera systems making it the ideal tool for the extreme sports photographer to the advanced amateur.

The Manfrotto 685B Neotec Monopod is commonly used for Long exposures, Portraits, Sports photography, Stabilization and more.The Manfrotto 685B Neotec Monopod is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Manfrotto 685B Neotec Monopod is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Manfrotto 685B Neotec Monopod: Compact, Lightweight, Opens quickly and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Opens quickly (16),Strong construction (15),Lightweight (10),Compact (8)
Best Uses:
Stabilization (12),Sports photography (10),Long exposures (6),Portraits (6),Reducing noise (ISO reduction) (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (6),Enthusiast (5),Photo enthusiast (4),Professional (3)

Manfrotto 685B Neotec Monopod Features

  • Special aluminum alloy used in the aeronautical industry.
  • Combines the same leg release technology developed for the 458B Neotec Tripod and the design concept of the 3245 Automatic Monopod.
  • Monopod head attachment using the dual 1/4" and 3/8" fixing screw.
  • Wrist carrying strap included.
  • Black/dark Grey finish

Manfrotto 685B Neotec Monopod Specifications

Max Height w/extended column
66.9 inches
Minimum Height
29.33 in / 74.5 cm
Closed Length
29.3 inches
Leg Sections
3
Max Load Capacity
17.64 lbs
Weight
2.38 lbs

Manfrotto 685B Neotec Monopod Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.1

(based on 19 reviews)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Monopod

Very impressed with this monopod so far. Have only had it since Christmas, but have no reservations about it. I can load it up with a gripped D300 and either the 70-200mm f/2.8 or 300mm f/4 with 1.7TC plus a SB-800 on top and can stabilize quite easily. The adjustments up and down (even in small increments) happen quickly and effortlessly with only one hand. Others mention the rubber foot being problematic. I wrapped the threads a few times with plumbers tape and have not had any issues. I do...

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Very impressed with this monopod so far. Have only had it since Christmas, but have no reservations about it. I can load it up with a gripped D300 and either the 70-200mm f/2.8 or 300mm f/4 with 1.7TC plus a SB-800 on top and can stabilize quite easily. The adjustments up and down (even in small increments) happen quickly and effortlessly with only one hand. Others mention the rubber foot being problematic. I wrapped the threads a few times with plumbers tape and have not had any issues. I do like to travel compact even though I might me loaded down with gear. The only con I have is the total length when collapsed. At 31.5" with 234RC swivel head attached, it ain't a small thing. On the other hand, being nearly 5'-10" tall myself, it will extend above my head. Couple that with LiveView, a wide angle lens and a remote shutter release, I can see getting some unique shots in crowds that would otherwise be missed. **waits for parade** Recommend the 234RC Swivel Head to compliment the monopod. Makes going to portrait orientation a breeze.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

IF your over 6 foot tall don't buy this.

I'm 6'3" tall and have to fully extend this monopod, Fully extended it is so unstable it can't be used...You can forget about using this on the sidelines of a Football game. This is a great idea but Manfrotto has built a very weak product. I mostly shoot Portraits and even in a studio setting I can't use it...Right now it is in the corner collecting dust. Makes a expensive hat holder.....

Reviewed by 19 customers

 
3.0

Liked it a lot!

By

from Poughkeepsie, New York  -  Photo Enthusiast

Used it once but liked it a lot! Will be using it again this weekend!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

IF your over 6 foot tall don't buy this.

By

from Alabama  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I'm 6'3" tall and have to fully extend this monopod, Fully extended it is so unstable it can't be used...You can forget about using this on the sidelines of a Football game. This is a great idea but Manfrotto has built a very weak product. I mostly shoot Portraits and even in a studio setting I can't use it...Right now it is in the corner collecting dust. Makes a expensive hat holder.....

 
1.0

Poorly made internal components

By

from Columbia, SC  -  Pro Photographer

I have only gotten to use this monopod on one shoot and it failed immediately. The top segment works flawlessly. The bottom segment, however, never locked once. It just collapsed back in on itself. After I got home I read the instructions again to make sure I wasn't doing anything wrong or exceeding the weight limit or anything. I worked with it some more to try and figure out if there was a "trick" to getting the bottom segment to lock (I really wanted this thing to work!) Unfortunately I was forced to send it back for an exchange. I just got the new one back tonight and opened up the box to try it out. Pulled both segments out and they locked perfectly solid! ...a bit too solid I'm afraid. The top segment collapsed on command (no problems there) Sadly the bottom segment did not cooperate. This time it would not collapse. I made sure I was pressing in the safety latch and the trigger (like you're supposed to) but it wouldn't budge. I gave it a little more pressure (not too much)and finally it gave. And now guess what? That's right, the bottom segment won't lock. Same boat I was in before I returned it. And all within the first 5 minutes of getting it back. This tells me that either I have the WORST luck with these monopods and have managed to get the 2 flawed ones they had in the bunch or the monopods are cheaply made from what looks to be very nice material (on the outside). Not happy at all right now. I really liked this monopod and now it looks as if I'll have to find something else. Something that actually works.

 
4.0

Solid Product

By

from Atlanta, Ga  -  Photo Enthusiast

Very solid platform for D300s & 70-200mm VR II

 
4.0

good quality

By

from Pharr, Tx  -  Semi-pro Photographer

light and easy to handle. strong enough to carry my cannon xh a1

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

THE BEST

By

from Bucaramanga, Colombia  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This monopod has been the best choice of quality and price. Really well built. Very strong and firm when you use in sports photography with my Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8. From the best I've ever had. Recommended 100%

 
4.0

good product

By

from victorville, ca  -  Semi-pro Photographer

good product does the job

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

very nice and simple

By

from vail, az  -  Semi-pro Photographer

[...] I have nothing bad to say the mono pod does its job well its easy to use and I love the grip control to lower the leg. for the price its a steal

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Monopod

By

from NC  -  Photo Enthusiast

Very impressed with this monopod so far. Have only had it since Christmas, but have no reservations about it. I can load it up with a gripped D300 and either the 70-200mm f/2.8 or 300mm f/4 with 1.7TC plus a SB-800 on top and can stabilize quite easily. The adjustments up and down (even in small increments) happen quickly and effortlessly with only one hand. Others mention the rubber foot being problematic. I wrapped the threads a few times with plumbers tape and have not had any issues. I do like to travel compact even though I might me loaded down with gear. The only con I have is the total length when collapsed. At 31.5" with 234RC swivel head attached, it ain't a small thing. On the other hand, being nearly 5'-10" tall myself, it will extend above my head. Couple that with LiveView, a wide angle lens and a remote shutter release, I can see getting some unique shots in crowds that would otherwise be missed. **waits for parade** Recommend the 234RC Swivel Head to compliment the monopod. Makes going to portrait orientation a breeze.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It's a Manfrotto what else can you say

By

from Philadelphia  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I saw this at a photography show in New York. It was just what I wanted in a monopod. Of course it's a Manfrotto, what else can be said. Nice and compact. Lightweight but sturdy. Opens easily without hassle. I looked at various others but none matched the quality of this monopod.

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Darlene K  Is the swivel/tilt head necessary to have? Since it's not stationary like a tripod - just wondering if it is a required investment at the start. Planning to use it for zoo photography. Thank you for your help.
MONICA R  The monopod does keep my camera steady even with a tilt head attached to the monopod. If you have a heavier lens attached to your camera or even a macro lens it's nice having the added control of the camera with a tilt head attached to the monopod. Makes for a steady shot.
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