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Manfrotto 334B Automatic Monopod (Black) - Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg)

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Product Highlights
  • Instant Single-Handed Height Adjustment

The Manfrotto 334B Automatic Monopod is a 3-section monopod that provides instant single-handed final height adjustment. The upper section features a grip-action release that allows the top section to be adjusted 19" up or down instantaneously by squeezing and releasing the grip-action handle. The lower two sections have a twist lock action, for additional height adjustment. A perfect monopod for quick-action shots with minimal setup time.

Maximum Height 65.3" (166cm)
Folded Length 26.8" (68cm)
Load Capacity 17.6 lbs (8kg)
Sections 3
Leg Lock Type Grip action (top section), Twist (bottom section)
Male Thread Size 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16
Weight 1.1 lb (490g)
Manfrotto 334B Automatic Monopod (Black) - Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg)
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    Manfrotto334B Automatic Monopod (Black) - Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg)
     
    4.4

    (based on 46 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (27)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

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    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (34)
    • Lightweight (32)
    • Opens quickly (32)
    • Compact (21)
    • Easily adjusted (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/action (28)
      • Travel (25)
      • Landscape/scenery (21)
      • Wildlife (19)
      • Weddings (17)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (16), Photo enthusiast (12), Pro photographer (12), Semi-professional (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (28)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      I don't know what I'd do without this!!!

      This is by far the easiest and fastest monopod I have ever used. It is also quite the envy of most people that see it.

      There are technically 3 shafts or 2...Read complete review

      This is by far the easiest and fastest monopod I have ever used. It is also quite the envy of most people that see it.

      There are technically 3 shafts or 2 adjustment sections to this pod. The first section is manually adjustable by twist locking into position. The second is the automatic section that is adjustable by pulling the trigger/handle.

      I have been to 2 graduations in 2 days using this pod to support a 300mm 2.8 lens for 3 hours each. Using a quick release head, I was able to rapidly disconnect and fold up the pod to move positions to get the shots I wanted.

      I recommend getting a head that has a quick disconnect.

      The pod's trigger is adjustable for friction so through time, you can tighten up the trigger mechanisim or loosin it.

      A slight downfall to this product is that it really is not very compact but is easily work aroundable.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Not so good in cold weather

      I live in the Colorado Rockies. It gets very cold here. I've found that this monopod does not give me a stable platform in cold weather. The extensions collapse with little pressure. As...Read complete review

      I live in the Colorado Rockies. It gets very cold here. I've found that this monopod does not give me a stable platform in cold weather. The extensions collapse with little pressure. As soon as I bring the monopod inside it's ok. Unfortunately, I don't do a lot of my nature photography inside. I do not recommend this product for anything but 70 degree weather. Don't bring it into the field otherwise.

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      5.0

      Best Monopod

      By Steve M.

      from Las Vegas, Nevada

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Lightweight
      • Opens Quickly
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Manfrotto 334B Automatic Monopod (Black) - Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg):

        This is my second Bogen monopod ( I broke my first one). It is an intergral part of my video arsenal. It works great in crowds when you have to get over everyones heads and get that great shot. I even set up a zoom lever on the bottom to facilitate movement when I have it over my head. Also works as a steadicam for lighter cameras. The auto function is a no brainer must for on the go. I love this little monopod...can't shoot without it in my bag.

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        3.0

        Not sure what to do!!

        By Vicki the shooter

        from Broken Arrow, OK

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Good Footing
        • Lightweight
        • Loved It For Years
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Hard To Lock And Unlock
        • Sticking
        • Unstable Joints

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Portraits
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Manfrotto 334B Automatic Monopod (Black) - Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg):

        I bought this product many years ago and have loved it until last year when it got stuck in the lower part. I've forgotten how I got it unstuck but I got it working again although trying to unlock and lock it is very hard. Now a year later it is stuck again. My husband can't even unstick it. My dilemma is do I buy the exact one again or something else? Because when its working I really love it! Is anybody else having this problem?

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        4.0

        Works good for my purpose

        By photogkaran

        from grass valley, ca

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Architectural Photography
          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Manfrotto 334B Automatic Monopod (Black) - Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg):

          Very handy to help stabilize gear. Really like the trigger/grip for adjustment of height.

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          5.0

          Excellent Auto MP

          By Peter K

          from New Jersey

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Opens Quickly
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Night Shots
            • Portraits
            • Sports/Action
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Manfrotto 334B Automatic Monopod (Black) - Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg):

            This works just as advertised. Easy to drop the lower section with a twist. Then the auto raise/lower feature works beautifully with the included grip. Btw, the auto raise/lower works with the lower section up or down. It is a bit long retracted, but that was expected. It's hard to find a shorter retractable MP except for a very simple one. I have a velbon UP-43 that is simple and short, BUT it doesn't raise and lower with the ease of the 334B. I'd rather a little inconvenience carrying the MP and seamless operation at an event, than the other way around.
            On the plus side of the length issue, I'm 6'2" and this MP, with or without another head installed, is much taller than I am. With a head installed on it, I can stand one step up on a step stool and still use this when it's on the ground!

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            5.0

            Easy to use Monopod

            By catmaster

            from Kansas

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Lightweight
            • Opens Quickly
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Manfrotto 334B Automatic Monopod (Black) - Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg):

              Love the grip release on this monopod for quick and easy camera adjustment. I shot a lot of wildlife and need to have quick and easy camera placement. This is my second time buying this specific monopod, one for each camera :) Simple to use, light weight, sturdy and reasonably priced.

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              5.0

              I would buy this product again and again

              By MarlonPhoto.com

              from Fort Lauderdale, FL

              About Me Pro Photographer

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              Pros

              • Compact
              • Lightweight
              • Opens Quickly
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Manfrotto 334B Automatic Monopod (Black) - Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg):

                I use this whenever I need to use my heavy 70mm-200mm lens. I like that it just twists to lock, it can support a good deal of weight and it has a clean finish unlike others that have snap locks for every height change. Keep in mind that I've used this product before and lost the first one and I bought the same product again because of my experience with it. Only one drawback that is not really a problem for me is that if your palms are sweating or moist from oily product then it is almost impossible to twist to lock or unlock. it is the most compact and one of the strongest product I could find in its price range.

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                1.0

                Did not work! Very difficult to adjust!

                By Smash Dave

                from Oceanside, CA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Manfrotto 334B Automatic Monopod (Black) - Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg):

                      After reading other positive reviews maybe I just got a bad one? I was exited to get it because it seemed like such a great idea. However when I tried to used the monopod it was very sticky and difficult to adjust. No way I could just use one hand, I had to hold between my feet and force it up or down. It was terrible compared to my rusty, sand filled 12 year old Manfrotto monopod that I was replacing! I returned the item.

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                      5.0

                      Great Idea

                      By dmpprod

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Lightweight
                      • Opens Quickly
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Manfrotto 334B Automatic Monopod (Black) - Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg):

                        Fast adjustments!

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                        5.0

                        Manfrotto Quality

                        By Moses45

                        from Peoria, Illinois

                        About Me Photography Student

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Opens Quickly
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action

                          Comments about Manfrotto 334B Automatic Monopod (Black) - Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg):

                          This is a well manufactured useable monopod. The quick release funtion works quickly and effortlessly. No more loosening and tightening rubber grips. Works like a dream.

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                          4.0

                          So Far, so good.

                          By RonT

                          from Washington DC

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Lightweight
                          • Opens Quickly
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Travel
                            • Video

                            Comments about Manfrotto 334B Automatic Monopod (Black) - Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg):

                            I use this monopod with the Canon 7d, mainly for motion picture. I'm a one man band and have the need for mobility and simplicity. This monopod is great for these situations; I can mic someone up, set up a bounce board without having to even set the camera down. It's more dangerous this way, so I end up setting camera down for sfaety, but I don't have to! Great flexibility and perfect for those situations where you have to shoot a lot of people and do so for 10-20 minutes each. It's a manfrotto, and I've not broken one yet. sometime I wish for 6 more inches, but this is one of the tallest available. good product.

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                            4.0

                            My First Monopod...

                            By Son of a Sailor

                            from Pensacola, Florida

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Lightweight
                            • Opens Quickly
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • No tripods allowed

                              Comments about Manfrotto 334B Automatic Monopod (Black) - Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg):

                              Since this is my first monopod, I cannot compare it to others. Locking and unlocking the lower extension has been the most difficult thing to get used to. Unlike my tripod which uses latches, the monopod's lower extension requires it to be twisted clockwise to be loosened and counterclockwise to be tightened. When completely collapsed, I was surprised to find that it was a full two inches longer than my tripod.

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                              4.0

                              Great

                              By Nat

                              from New York

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Lightweight
                              • Opens Quickly
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Video

                                Comments about Manfrotto 334B Automatic Monopod (Black) - Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg):

                                Great for on the go Video Shoots, using it currently with the EX1

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                                5.0

                                Great Monopod

                                By Joe

                                from Findlay, Ohio

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Opens Quickly
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 334B Automatic Monopod (Black) - Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg):

                                  I have used this monopod at three diffrent events so far. It has performed great. Love the automatic slide.

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                                  4.0

                                  Lighter Than it Looks

                                  By Ethelred

                                  from Sydney, Australia

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Opens Quickly

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Sports/Action
                                    • Travel
                                    • Weddings/Events

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 334B Automatic Monopod (Black) - Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg):

                                    I needed support for situations where a tripod is just plain impractical and this monopod is going to fit the bill.

                                    It looks a bit bulky, but it's lighter than it looks. With a simple ball head, it's going to be very useful.

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                                    5.0

                                    Great Mono Pod

                                    By bert2eb

                                    from NC

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

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

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 334B Automatic Monopod (Black) - Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg):

                                      I love the release that allows super fast extension.

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                                      4.0

                                      It was a good recommendation at a worksh

                                      By Bigal

                                      from Sykesville, Maryland

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Opens Quickly
                                      • Strong Construction

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Travel
                                        • Wildlife

                                        Comments about Manfrotto 334B Automatic Monopod (Black) - Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg):

                                        I use the monopod when I can use one of my tripods. This monopod going to replaced one that has flip levers.

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                                        4.0

                                        Quick, versatile, but not very compact

                                        By J in TO

                                        from Toronto

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Ergonomic
                                        • Quick
                                        • Strong Construction

                                        Cons

                                        • Not very compact
                                        • Sections stick

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Candid
                                        • Portraits
                                        • Sports/Action
                                        • Weddings/Events
                                        • Wildlife

                                        Comments about Manfrotto 334B Automatic Monopod (Black) - Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg):

                                        I bought this monopod to compliment a long telephoto lens for indoors (i.e. events/weddings) and outdoors (location shoots). Used with a Manfrotto 486RC2 ball head.

                                        The top section (the one controlled by the trigger) would often get stuck and won't drop. I would manually have to give it a bump. But once extended, I can move the section up and down easily with one hand.

                                        The 334B isn't very compact which makes packing and transporting less convenient than a traditional monopod (I can't strap it to my Crumpler courier bag without it sticking out 4 inches).

                                        However I find the benefits outweigh these gripes. I've used it indoors and outdoors for shoots and I found it very quick (well suited for quick candid shots). It takes the load off your hands and wrists making it more comfortable at the end of the day.

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                                        5.0

                                        Great Monopod

                                        By SDB

                                        from Olympia, WA

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Compact
                                        • Opens Quickly
                                        • Strong Construction

                                        Cons

                                        • Just a little heavy

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Home
                                        • Landscape/Scenery
                                        • Night Shots
                                        • Sports/Action
                                        • Travel
                                        • Video
                                        • Wildlife

                                        Comments about Manfrotto 334B Automatic Monopod (Black) - Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg):

                                        Easy to extend. Well built. A little heavy, but durable. The release on the hand drip is very handy. I'm very happy with it.

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                                        5.0

                                        Love the closed base with top mechanism

                                        By Sue B MI

                                        from Grand Rapids, MI

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Compact
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Opens Quickly
                                        • Strong Construction

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Home
                                          • Landscape/Scenery
                                          • Night Shots
                                          • Portraits
                                          • Sports/Action
                                          • Travel
                                          • Weddings/Events
                                          • Wildlife

                                          Comments about Manfrotto 334B Automatic Monopod (Black) - Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg):

                                          Like that you can control the height with the release lever, and that the base can be stuck in mud or other undesirables without consequence.

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                                          5.0

                                          Faster then any others to deploy

                                          By KCSmith

                                          from Redmond, WA

                                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Lightweight
                                          • Opens Quickly

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

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

                                            Comments about Manfrotto 334B Automatic Monopod (Black) - Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg):

                                            Was recommended by Ben Willmore during a seminar in Seattle. I like the fact that the largest tube is at the bottom so you don't have to worry about sticking it into something that is wet and harmful to your monopod. I also like this version better than newer releases since it doesn't have the extra finger safety lock. Not a concern for me and the grip holds it solid enough. You should note that you do have to twist the bottom section down to lock, but the other sections are controlled with grip.

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