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Manfrotto 680B Compact Monopod

B&H # MA680B Mfr # 680B
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You Pay: $69.95
Product Highlights
  • Aluminum Construction, 4 Sections
  • Optional Ball, Pan/Tilt, Fluid Heads
  • Maximum Height: 60.63"
  • Closed Length: 20"
  • Supports 22 lb
  • Weight: 1.83 lb
  • Soft Grip and Angled Wrist Strap

The Manfrotto 680B Compact Monopod is a 4-section monopod featuring flip- lock levers, a maximum height of 60.63" a compact closed length 20". Weighing only 1.83 lb, it has a wide diameter top tube and is capable of supporting up to 22 lb.

Material of Construction Aluminum
Maximum Height 60.63" (154 cm)
Folded Length 20" (51 cm)
Load Capacity 22 lb (10 kg)
Sections 4
Leg Cross Section 35.4, 29.5, 25, 20 mm
Leg Cross Section Round
Leg Lock Type Flip-lock
Male Thread Size 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16
Weight 1.83 lb (0.83 kg)
Head Optional
Manfrotto 680B Compact Monopod
  • Wrist Strap
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Limited 8-Year Warranty Extension after Registering Online
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    Manfrotto680B Compact Monopod
     
    4.7

    (based on 288 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (222)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (58)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (185)
    • Compact (182)
    • Lightweight (174)
    • Opens quickly (162)
    • Easily adjusted (51)

    Cons

    • Heavy (6)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (139)
    • Sports/action (113)
    • Landscape/scenery (92)
    • Wildlife (74)
    • Night shots (42)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (108), Semi-pro photographer (43), Pro photographer (34), Enthusiast (30), Casual photographer (23)
      • Primary use:
      • Business (5), Personal (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (145), Yes (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    You really couldn't ask for more!

    I know the trend is that tripods and monopods are being made of all sorts of exotic , space-age materials these days--all in the name of...well, I guess weight savings. ...Read complete review

    I know the trend is that tripods and monopods are being made of all sorts of exotic , space-age materials these days--all in the name of...well, I guess weight savings. Meanwhile this Manfrotto dares to show its face in public being made of something as pedestrian as aluminum. For shame.

    But guess what? This is probably one of the best monopods on the market today (at ANY price) and when you actually get it in your hands, you will marvel at the mere pittance you had to pay for such greatness.

    I use this thing to support a Nikon d700, Nikkor 80-200 mm and a grip--which is a fairly substantial rig. My little aluminum Manfrotto laughs in the face of that weight. It is rated to support 22lbs, but I would wager that is EXTREMELY conservative. I am about the size of your average NFL linemen and I can lean on it very easily.

    The flip-locks are great, the concentric screw mount is genius, the finish is awesome and the strap is a nice touch. I opted for the 680B over the 679B because it folds up just a tad smaller. I can secure this monopod under the flap of my gear bag and honestly, I can't even tell it is there.

    I could break this pod and replace it five times for what I would pay for a graphite model, and I can't envision this thing ever breaking. It is the TANK of monopods.

    If you are in the market for a sturdy monopod that does what you want, when you want it without being obtrusive or breaking the bank...then look no further.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Monopod

    I'm a professional photographer...A little bit of a chunky monopod. One disappointment was that the strap on the monopod fell off after only one use!

    I'm a professional photographer...A little bit of a chunky monopod. One disappointment was that the strap on the monopod fell off after only one use!

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    5.0

    Manfrotto 680B Monopod

    By BaltoBill

    from Baltimore

    Comments about Manfrotto 680B Compact Monopod:

    Great quality product!!

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    5.0

    Great monopod

    By Mazatlan Steve

    from Mazatlan, Mexico

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy to Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel

      Comments about Manfrotto 680B Compact Monopod:

      Used this at a recent music festival and it was everything I expected from a Manfrotto product.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Good for the price

      By Grandpa

      from San Diego, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel

        Comments about Manfrotto 680B Compact Monopod:

        This product works great but is a little heavy. Other than that, I'm very satisfied with the product.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        perfect height

        By Hfreeman

        from Idaho

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Travel

          Comments about Manfrotto 680B Compact Monopod:

          I use this for sports photography. So far I love it. It can change heights easily. The 4 section allows it to close down to only 20" which is great for sitting at the events, yet it still reaches 5', plus more if I place my ball head on it. Which is plenty for my height. It is sturdy and yet light weight. I would love if it had come with a neck strap instead of a hand strap for extra precautions.

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          • No

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          5.0

          The perfect solution

          By Tony

          from Scituate, RI

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Stagle Base

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Low Light
            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Manfrotto 680B Compact Monopod:

            A perfect solution to using a medium zoom 70-200mm 2.8 or 180 2.8 in low light situations. Used primarily theater photography of ballet. The need for speed and focus demand a sturdy and non intrusive monopod and this serves me well.

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            • No

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            5.0

            I would buy this product again

            By Chris

            from Quebec Canada

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action

              Comments about Manfrotto 680B Compact Monopod:

              Things are great

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              gret quaility

              By Scott

              from Kansas

              Comments about Manfrotto 680B Compact Monopod:

              really like the manfrotto monopod. great quaility and very stout. I would reccomend it to anyone needing a good quaility monopod.

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              5.0

              Great Monopod

              By JR

              from West Medford Massuchetts

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Manfrotto 680B Compact Monopod:

                I would highly recommend this monopod along with the optional 234RC swivel head. This is a sturdy, professional quality item and is great in those situations where a tripod is not feasible. The monopod is especially nice with my long telephoto lenses. The greater the zoom, the shakier the camera. This unit is also strong enough to double as a walking stick when you are on a photography hike. I just wish it came with a carrying case.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Afrotastic

                By Gripper

                from Nevada

                Comments about Manfrotto 680B Compact Monopod:

                Great product. Heavy duty. Easy to figure out how to use. Grippy.

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                5.0

                Very Good Monopod

                By Photo guy

                from Pennsylvania

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Manfrotto 680B Compact Monopod:

                  Very good, heavy duty monopod. Very well built. I use for long lens on my DSLR. Holds the weight well. The monopod itself is not heavy at all but very sturdy. Easy to carry.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  very useful gear

                  By phil

                  from chicago

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Manfrotto 680B Compact Monopod:

                      this made my photgraphy life much easier. I am very to use this with my nikon d610 with my 70-200 2.8 heavy lense. i can keep shooting all day long now.

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                      5.0

                      Compact Monopod

                      By BeVisual

                      from West Virginia

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Manfrotto 680B Compact Monopod:

                        I purchased the Manfrotto Compact Monopod 680B to supplement my 685B Neotech basically for two reasons. First, I wanted something that allowed me to go lower and also something that was shorter so that it could be attached to my camera bag and be less awkward once attached than the 29+ inch 685B.

                        I will continue to use the 685B for events, but I do prefer the 680B for Outdoors, some Macro work (like flowers) and for its ability to allow me to go lower. Using the 680B I have found to work very well. I like the gravity assisted drop you can get and usually I drop the first two sections first and then make finer height adjustments with the third, which is more convenient. The monopod has a hefty feel to it, but at under 2 pounds I wouldn't call it heavy. It feels more stable (the upside of mass) and it inspires confidence, probably your most important photographic accessory.

                        Of course you will need a Manfrotto 234RC Tilt head or otherwise you'll be stuck when trying to do verticals. I also recommend a tripod strap so you can sling it over your shoulder for fast access.

                        Conclusion

                        Although this product probably won't give your basic snob a nosebleed it will certainly do the job that it's designed for and I'll put functionality first anyway.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        great monopod!

                        By Eric

                        from Maryland

                        Comments about Manfrotto 680B Compact Monopod:

                        Excellent quality at this price point. Very sturdy without excessive weight.

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Perfect Monopod

                        By Greg

                        from Philadelphia, PA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Sports/Action
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Manfrotto 680B Compact Monopod:

                          I love this pod. My friend got it for me for my birthday some years ago and it's been a staple for me for anything sports. I shoot a lot of baseball and this has been great to hold my D2h and D2Xs cameras with my 80-200 f2.8 af-d lens and 70-200 vr. Also has been great with a giant 300 2.8 lens. It feels great, not too heavy. I love the soft grip. The head that I got is also great so I can plant the pod to the ground and tilt up and down with the head smoothly. My lens has a collar so I can quickly rotate the lens. The pod is there mainly to take the weight off me for long periods of shooting and keeping me stable when I need to lock in on something. It's a pleasure to carry around because it is so light. I'm going to buy another and I definitely recommend it.

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                          • Yes

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                          5.0

                          Great monopod for this pricing point

                          By Paulfun

                          from San Jose, CA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Sturdy

                          Cons

                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • For Taking Macro Shots
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Somewhat Heavy
                          • Video

                          Comments about Manfrotto 680B Compact Monopod:

                          Easy to use for macro shots for my 100mm f/2.8 on a 5D Mark III. I take pictures of flowers and butterflies. This monopod is so helpful.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          I would buy again

                          By Gldr1

                          from Seattle

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Manfrotto 680B Compact Monopod:

                            Appoduct, appears to be a high quality product, have yet to take to the field. It does require an adapter to mount directly to a camera.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            680B Compact Monopod

                            By Marcia

                            from Ohio

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Durable
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Travel
                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife Photos

                              Comments about Manfrotto 680B Compact Monopod:

                              Wildlife

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Good product at low price

                              By bromic

                              from Montreal, QC

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Durable
                              • Easy to Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Sports/Action
                                • Travel

                                Comments about Manfrotto 680B Compact Monopod:

                                Replaces my 679B cause I needed a smaller folded monopod to fit in my motorcycle bags.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                What a great surprise as to the quality

                                By Jim at 2087

                                from Westport, CT

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • A Confident Feel Of Use
                                • Compact
                                • Durable
                                • Easy to Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • None

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Sports/Action
                                • Travel
                                • Wildlife Photos

                                Comments about Manfrotto 680B Compact Monopod:

                                What a great portable stand for my telephoto. Smooth operating and built with quality.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • Yes

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                                (0 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                3.0

                                Don't judge a book by its cover"

                                By EP ESTUDIO

                                from PUERTO RICO

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy to Use

                                Cons

                                • Flimsy Construction

                                Best Uses

                                • Sports/Action

                                Comments about Manfrotto 680B Compact Monopod:

                                Don't judge a book by its cover"

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                                • No

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