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Manfrotto 560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release

B&H # MA560B1 MFR # 560B-1
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Product Highlights
  • Load Capacity: 4.4 lb
  • Max Height: 65.35"
  • Closed Length: 25.8"
  • Weight: 1.98 lb
  • RC2 Quick Release with 200PL-14 Plate
  • Padded 1st Section with Wrist Strap
  • Retractable Feet
  • Fluid Base

The Manfrotto 560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release is a portable solution for smooth shooting with Mini-DV and HDV cameras in confined spaces. This unique monopod incorporates a fluid cartridge in the base for smooth pans, and has set of retractable feet for a firm footing on uneven ground.

Material Aluminum
Load Capacity 4.4 lb (2.0 kg)
Maximum Height 65.35" (166 cm)
Folded Length 25.79" (65.5 cm)
Leg Sections 4
Leg Lock Type Flip-lock
Feet 3 Retractable feet with fluid action base
Tilt Range -90° / +90°
Quick Release RC2 with 200PL-14 camera plate
Male Thread Size 1/4"-20
Weight 1.98 lb (0.9 kg)
Manfrotto 560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release
  • 323 RC2 System Quick Release Adapter with 200PL-14 Plate
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty Extension after Online Registration
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    Manfrotto560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release
     
    4.1

    (based on 72 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (32)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (28)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (5)

    83%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (51)
    • Lightweight (50)
    • Opens quickly (48)
    • Strong construction (40)
    • Stable (3)

    Cons

    • Unstable joints (10)
    • Unstable (9)

    Best Uses

    • Video (42)
    • Sports/action (32)
    • Travel (31)
    • Weddings (27)
    • Landscape/scenery (20)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (22), Semi-pro photographer (19), Photo enthusiast (17), Casual photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    GOOD TRIPOD SUBSTITUTE FOR EVENT WORK

    PROS: The legs are sturdy and work well. They flip down and lock into place. On uneven terrain you can stay more or less level by pivoting the base. But this pod is...Read complete review

    PROS: The legs are sturdy and work well. They flip down and lock into place. On uneven terrain you can stay more or less level by pivoting the base. But this pod is not about the legs. This pod is about the base. The base is a stiff ball joint that allows you the speed and flexibility of tilting the camera to the desired angle. But the best part of the base is that it is built inside a fluid sleeve that allows you to make nice smooth pans. This feature alone is worth the price. If you are covering fast moving event stuff that requires the steadiness and panning capabilities of a tripod but you dont have the time nor the room for it this monopod fits the bill. In a tight spot you could easily cover an entire ceremony with it and not miss your tripod. The 560B is lighter than Manfrottosprevious top of the line monopod. CONS: You CAN NOT lock the ball joint down which means you cannot lock the camera down and walk away from the pod. Any camera over two pounds will tilt the pod over on its own weight (unless you hold on to it). This engineering oversight borders on stupidity. Manfrotto already has the technology for locking ball joint tripod heads. Why they neglected to use it on their top of the line monopod is beyond me. Monopod also lacks a bubble level. Can you believe a $150 pivoting monopod without a 25 cent stupid level??? To keep it light Manfrotto used thinner wall aluminum legs which feel flimsy and are definitely less sturdy than their other monopods. In my personal scale of one to ten Id give it a seven and would recommend it for event work for its great panning capability alone.

    Problems Encountered: Pivoting ball joint does not lock down. Cameras over two pounds will tilt the monopod over. No bubble level.

    Previous Equivalent Items Owned: Bogen Manfrotto monopods and tripods

    Items I Recommend: A non pivoting QR head.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Terrible

    Worst purchase I ever made. Tilt mechanism at bottom sticks and pops rendering this mono totally useless for my video work. Pan mechanism is smooth and works as advertised, but the ball joint...Read complete review

    Worst purchase I ever made. Tilt mechanism at bottom sticks and pops rendering this mono totally useless for my video work. Pan mechanism is smooth and works as advertised, but the ball joint at very bottom ruins the whole effect. I'm buying the 679 bare bones monopod and adding the tilt head and I'm sure it will be 10 times better at half the cost. Dont waste your money!

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    5.0

    Quality Product

    By Willie

    from Leander, Tx.

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Lightweight
    • Opens Quickly
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Capacity 4 Lbs 6 Oc

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action

    Comments about Manfrotto 560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release:

    East to set up.
    Well made.

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    • Yes

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    5.0

    Solid Product

    By Team Photographer

    from Southern California

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Lightweight
    • Opens Quickly
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Video

      Comments about Manfrotto 560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release:

      Arrived as expected. Product is sturdy and visually attractive.

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      4.0

      Time Saver

      By T Baker

      from Columbia, Missouri

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Lightweight
      • Opens Quickly
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Needs Longer Stabilizing

      Best Uses

      • Video

      Comments about Manfrotto 560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release:

      I have a very heavy Miller tripod that I usually keep wheels on which gives it a wide footprint. At times I don't want to bring it to a short interview or b-roll location. The Manfrotto has already become a great asset as I can run and gun with it and get the stabilization I need without bring in the big tripod. Much better then a monopod. I wish the spread legs were a little longer is about my only gripe.

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      5.0

      Great purchase

      By Green Shooter

      from Austin TX

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Strong Construction
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Portraits

        Comments about Manfrotto 560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release:

        The 3 small legs at the bottom makes this monopod unique and amazing. The only knock, and it's minor, is that the ball pivot at the bottom cannot be fully locked.If I have a light camera on the head, then it'll stay on its own, but if you have heavier camera/lens you'll have too hold it at all times.I've enjoyed its versatility and stability while taking portrait and action shots.

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        5.0

        Excellent, with some lubrication

        By Daniel

        from Portland, Oregon

        Comments about Manfrotto 560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release:

        This monopod is excellent is principle, but I was initially frustrated with the ball joint sticking. I added some graphite powder to the ball socket and now it is silky smooth.

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        3.0

        OK-but it's over-priced for what it is.

        By Bill

        from Bernalillo, NM

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Video

          Comments about Manfrotto 560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release:

          My wife has used this for both video and still photography using a D7100. Pan is smooth, legs are a little skinny. It works ok. I personally don't see any real advantage with this monopod over a regular one - and you can get a very nice standard monopod for a lot less money.

          P.S. Don't try walking away from this unit with your camera attached. Might work that way once or twice, but...

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          5.0

          Handy walkaround

          By moenkopi

          from Colorado

          Comments about Manfrotto 560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release:

          Quite well made; unlike some other reviewers I find the leg locks to be more than adequate. The head is not so hot but can be improved somewhat by disassembling it, lightly sanding the graphite disk that's inside with 320 grit or finer sandpaper on a flat surface, then adding more graphite powder or light grease before reassembling. That being said, I replaced the head with a small fluid head by Konova Photo. The panning function is really smooth, and this is a great piece of gear for minimalist hiking or crowded places like zoos where tripods are a hassle.

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          5.0

          Works For What It's Intended To Do

          By Michael

          from California Central Coast

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Opens Quickly
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Manfrotto 560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release:

              I purchased this monopod and put a 701HDV head on it. The fluid pan at the base is superb and works well.

              NOTE: Some reviewers complain that the tilt is jerky at the base, and it is because it wasn't intended to tilt at the base. It was made to pan smoothly, which it does very well. I use the 701HDV head to do my tilts.

              You can adjust the tension of the tilt at the base, as that is what keeps the monopod standing on its own on the feet. I have it pretty stiff so that the BMPCC with lenses can stand on its own, hands-free.

              Good solid feet, stable support, just outright perfect unit. Haven't used my tripod for quite some time now.

              It's not super light, but it feels rugged.

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              4.0

              Manfrotto Quality

              By RC

              from Sydney Australia

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Opens Quickly
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Need Ball Head For Stills

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Travel
              • Video

              Comments about Manfrotto 560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release:

              I find the unit very easy to use, high quality construction and tough.Wishing I had bought a ball head for ease of changing from Landscape to Portrait aspect as I'm using it a lot for still photography.Not sure if a ball head is available for this unit.This is my second Manfrotto purchase and I would recommend them to anyone.

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              5.0

              Great if used properly

              By FPDima

              from West Babylon, NY

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Lightweight
              • Opens Quickly
              • Smooth panning

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Elevated Shots
                • Home
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Manfrotto 560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release:

                This is a great unit for quick set ups and steady video work. I use it with a Lumix GH2 and for 90% of my B-Roll shots it's all I use. But you must use it properly. This unit is NOT designed for tilting up and down - the fluid motion is ONLY available for side to side panning. If you try tilting up and down you will encounter sudden pops and jerks due to the ball that attaches to the feet at the bottom. But if used as intended - the feet at the bottom combined with the fluid base will give you great results all day long. The feet are designed to aid in the panning movement - they are NOT intended to keep the unit upright unassisted. Always keep a hand on the unit - this is a monopod NOT a tripod. I read a number of negative reviews and it is apparent to me that they all used the unit incorrectly. If you have a small camcorder or DSLR and need a reliable steady and smooth panning monopod - this is the best unit out there by far.

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                4.0

                Light and Steady

                By Loplop

                from Portland, OR

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Lightweight
                • Opens Quickly
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Manfrotto 560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release:

                  This is my fourth monopod and actually used it more than three times and think will continue to use. The only thing that slows me down is the tilt hinge which is on the right side and I intuitively want it on the left side.

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                  5.0

                  Pleased but needs minor improvement

                  By MS Boys State

                  from Starkville, MS

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Lightweight
                  • Opens Quickly
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Unstable Socket Joint

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Video

                  Comments about Manfrotto 560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release:

                  We used this monopod to mount an iPod touch mount on to shoot videos. The monopod was exactly what we needed. The stand itself is very rigid and doesn't wiggle at all as some cheaper versions would. I highly recommend this product for quick breakdown and easy storage. The only problem we had with it was the socket joint at the bottom. While it had fluid motion, it was a little too fluid for our taste. You wanted to make sure you always keep a hand on it.

                  Overall I give the product 5 stars for ease of use and quality manufacturing. .

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                  5.0

                  Useful tool!

                  By Liza the Canon Enthusiast

                  from New York, NY

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Opens Quickly
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Manfrotto 560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release:

                      I use this product when shooting short spoofs that my company produces. It's so much better than lugging a tripod everywhere - the next best thing to owning shoulder mount. I really appreciate the legs at the bottom helping me stable the camera even more. I just wished it could hold my camera in place! Overall, awesome. Great design.

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                      1.0

                      Don't waste your time.

                      By Zach

                      from Sacramento, CA.

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Unstable
                        • Unstable Joints
                        • Weak Clamps

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Manfrotto 560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release:

                          This monopod is terrible. The ball joint at the base is super sticky. I used it once and returned it the next day. Luckily BH is a great company with a great return policy. In addition to a terrible base, the head is worthless. Don't waste your time.

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                          5.0

                          sweet gear

                          By claire in sc

                          from greer, sc

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Lightweight
                          • Opens Quickly
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Video

                            Comments about Manfrotto 560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release:

                            Love this thing! So easy to use and Light! keeps me from getting so tired when shooting at long time. Keeps steady hand as well as moving smootly and easily at the base. Altough I bought it for my dslr, I find shooting with my video camera very comfortable and panning is a breeze. I did replace the head , however, with a manfrotto 496rc2 head, but that is a personal preference.

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                            5.0

                            Great Product

                            By Whitetail Freaks

                            from Iowa

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Lightweight
                            • Opens Quickly
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Travel
                              • Video
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Manfrotto 560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release:

                              Great product....definitetly recommend. Lightweight and portable. Great for run and gun style filming

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                              5.0

                              great product

                              By Carlye

                              from Boulder, CO

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Portraits
                                • Sports/Action
                                • Video
                                • Wildlife

                                Comments about Manfrotto 560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release:

                                I use this monopod for both stills and video.

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                                4.0

                                Getting the best out of the 560B-1

                                By Dave

                                from Ottawa, Ontario

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Lightweight
                                • Opens Quickly

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home
                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Travel
                                  • Video
                                  • Wildlife

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release:

                                  I read the reviews of this product with some concern before deciding to try it out. After some trial and error I find that there are several ways to get the best performance out of this monopod.1) lubrication of the ball, as referred to by others, plus 2) adjustment of the clamp that holds the ball at the foot.It's important to keep two out of the three screws fully tightened, otherwise the top and bottom parts of the clamp can rotate slightly relative to each other, creating a backlash effect. Slacken off ONE screw only, and adjust to get the right level of friction. The ball should not rotate during normal (slow) panning, but it doesn't matter if it rotates a bit during very fast panning.3) remove the circular rubber disk on the head platform. I found that this allowed the head to flex slightly relative to the monopod. With it removed the head is attached more rigidly.Finally, avoid the original version of this monopod (without the -1 suffix) since this has seriously inferior legs. On the model I examined, these would not lock properly in the down position.

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                                  1.0

                                  No use for it

                                  By ABEDI

                                  from COSTA MESA,CA

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                    • Unstable

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Keep It Home Don~'~~t Use

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release:

                                    This is a Monopod with three little legs. It hampers the otherwise quick action of a Monopod without the three little protrusions and it cannot be used as a tripod as it lacks the stability of one. It's like driving a car at night using a flashlight to see, instead of the car's headlights.

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                                    5.0

                                    Excellent if used properly

                                    By FPDima

                                    from Babylon, NY

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Opens Quickly
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Sports/Action
                                      • Travel
                                      • Video
                                      • Weddings/Events

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release:

                                      If you're on the move shooting B Roll and events, then this unit is a MUST to own. It is a thousand times smoother and easier to use than going hand held. I used this monopod with a DVX100, and HVX200 and now a Canon XF100 along with a Lumix GH1 and it worked great with ALL those cameras - although I will say that it was a bit too small for the HVX200. A few people have complained about the base joint causeing pops in their video due its jerky nature - but keep in mind this monopod IS NOT designed for tilting up and down. The fluid pivot at the base is ONLY designed for side to side panning. If used as it's designers intended it to be used, you will get many, many years of great fluid PAN shots with this unit.

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