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Manfrotto 361 Shoulder Brace for Monopods

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The Manfrotto 361 Shoulder Brace for Monopods is a bracket that fits against the shoulder to provide extra support and greater stability to a monopod. One end connects to the top of the monopod via the monopod's 3/8" screw, and the other end features a curved shoulder support, with an adjustable pivoting arm in between.

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    Manfrotto361 Shoulder Brace for Monopods
     
    4.4

    (based on 52 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (32)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (29)
    • Fits well (27)
    • Solid/sturdy (17)
    • Lightweight (14)
    • Improves tripod function (11)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video (25)
      • Sports/action (20)
      • Travel (20)
      • Wildlife (18)
      • Landscape/scenery (13)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (16), Photo enthusiast (14), Semi-pro photographer (12)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (36)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Good, and bad

      I was surprised to see the major structural parts of this product to be made of plastic, rather than metal… but it is certainly rigid and strong enough! When not in...Read complete review

      I was surprised to see the major structural parts of this product to be made of plastic, rather than metal… but it is certainly rigid and strong enough! When not in use, both arm and shoulder pad section fold flat against the monopod and behave themselves by staying there. When in use both sections move freely and independently. A high quality brass bearing assembly attaches the brace between the pod and your mono-pod's head and does not sacrifice any stability by making that connection. The length of the arm is adjustable(quickly outward, not so quickly inward). It is a fast and easy process to put on your monopod but, can be much more difficult to remove due to friction. The connection to the pod moves freely and has no attempt at a locking mechanism. After using it for a while, I started noticing a great deal more sharpness in my photos, and an improvement in focus. This snuck up on me. I also use it for getting those difficult ground level-almost shots. You use your mono to hold your camera very close to the ground… use this product as the second handle to hang on to… your back will thank you! A good product, they knew what they were doing when they made it… even though I wasn't so sure. Buy it.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Too long, too much padding.

      I bought this product approximately a year ago and very quickly retired it to a shelf. I used it with a monopod, Bogen/Manfrotto 3232 (now known as 234) tilt head, and...Read complete review

      I bought this product approximately a year ago and very quickly retired it to a shelf. I used it with a monopod, Bogen/Manfrotto 3232 (now known as 234) tilt head, and a Pentax K10D with the camera mounted on the head itself - I did not own any lenses with feet at that time.

      Even at its shortest setting, it was simply way too long to allow me to get my eye to the viewfinder, unless I moved the brace significantly downwards on my chest. At this point the unit is angled so much that any stability gains are lost - If anything I had an easier time handholding the camera!

      A year later, I decided to revisit this unit with the same 234 tilt head and a Sigma 50-500 lens (which has a foot). Even when mounted to the lens foot of a long lens, this brace is STILL too long to allow the camera viewfinder to reach one's eye!

      In addition, the foam padding on top of the brace's mounting area is too thick. When you torque down a 234 head (which does not have a smooth bottom, it is hollowed out except for four cross-braces on the bottom of the head at the mounting area), the foam warps to the point where it begins separating from the mount area. I find this incompatibility strange, since the 234 is Bogen/Manfrotto's special "designed for monopods" head solution - So why doesn't it work well with their "designed for monopods" shoulder brace?

      I can only see this product being useful with a camcorder or point-and-shoot, since both have "live view" viewfinders that do not have to be right up to your eye.

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      4.0

      Tough Getting Used To, But....

      By Wanchese

      from malibu

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Improves Tripod Function

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action

        Comments about Manfrotto 361 Shoulder Brace for Monopods:

        Once I adjusted to the multiple pivot points, the darn thing feels rock solid. It is nice to pull the monopod into your shoulder without pressing the viewfinder into and through one's orbital socket. Dunno' how long it will hold up, but it works well enough to invest in a spare for the day this one breaks. Camelback wearers, expect some strap/shoulder piece conflicts, but it works.

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        5.0

        Handy tool for monopods

        By Rolobyte

        from Kona, HI

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fits Well
        • Improves Tripod Function

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video

          Comments about Manfrotto 361 Shoulder Brace for Monopods:

          My Manfrotto monopod is one of my favorite tools for documentary video work, and this shoulder brace improves its stability and steadiness. Mostly plastic construction, but for the very low price this purchase is a no brainer.

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          4.0

          Added stability

          By MikefromCT

          from Connecticut

          Comments about Manfrotto 361 Shoulder Brace for Monopods:

          I don't use a monopod that much but this seemed like it might add some stability. Appears to be well constructed, consistent with other Manfrotto products.

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          5.0

          Very Useful

          By Tom

          from Seattle

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fits Well
          • Improves Tripod Function

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Manfrotto 361 Shoulder Brace for Monopods:

            Very useful with monopods

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            • No

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            4.0

            Great For The Price

            By Rico Suave

            from Cincinnati, Ohio

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Cheap
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Feels Cheap

            Best Uses

            • Handheld

            Comments about Manfrotto 361 Shoulder Brace for Monopods:

            Rather than use this with a monopod, I use it to brace the C100 against my body when shooting handheld. Since you can't lock any of it's moving points, it can be a little funny to get into position as you like, but it's flexibility can also be nice while actively operating, allowing you to pan or raise the shot. Feels sort of cheap, so I don't know how long it will last, but I could go through 15 of them and still have spent less than on Zacuto's Target Shooter.

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            5.0

            Shoulder Brace

            By ghartd1

            from New Hampshire

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fits Well
            • Solid/Sturdy

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Manfrotto 361 Shoulder Brace for Monopods:

              Very nice well thought out product functions well great for stabilizing

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              5.0

              A Must Have

              By focalpnt

              from Milan,NH

              Comments about Manfrotto 361 Shoulder Brace for Monopods:

              This is a must for any monopod.It helps me make my shots a lot steadier and it is very adjustable.It even folds flat when not in use.

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              4.0

              Not a bad piece of equipment

              By Batman

              from Burbank, Ca

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Folds Small
              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

              • Plastic

              Best Uses

              • Travel
              • Video

              Comments about Manfrotto 361 Shoulder Brace for Monopods:

              I bought this shoulder brace to use with a DSLR camera rig I was peicing together. I had the rails and handle system and figured this would be the perfect solution to brace the rig against my body.

              Overall it works like a charm. However, what I was not expecting is its ability to swivel/rotate side to side. It's smooth, very smooth, but that isn't always a good thing when you're trying to keep steady during a shot. In use with a monopod this brace helps maintain a steady shot, and everything I've shot with it has looked wonderful.

              It takes a little getting used to but I really like it.

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              4.0

              It is ok and I will buy it again.

              By Wallace the hiker

              from Ponce, Puerto Rico

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Folds Small
              • Lightweight
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

              • Weak Construction

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Manfrotto 361 Shoulder Brace for Monopods:

              It is lightweight and do the job. Unfortunately the two little support are weak and break easy. For that I create a small metal support and it work even better. An excellent piece of equipment. I used in my hiking trips with a monopod for support or in a rifle style for video.

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              4.0

              Surprised

              By Brian K

              from Farmingdale, NY

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Folds Small
              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Video

                Comments about Manfrotto 361 Shoulder Brace for Monopods:

                Went looking for shoulder style support when recording video with my Canon DSLR. Was surprised when talking with rep about this brace teaming it with my Manfrotto 681 monopod and the Manfotto 080 belt pouch since it was a fraction of the price. Gave it a try and worked very well for me for video shoots. Don't know well it would work for photo shoots since your keeping the camera away from your body.
                Make sure monopod has the larger threading for mounting heads or it will not fit.

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                4.0

                Probably worth having.

                By Cableaddict

                from Suffern, NY

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Manfrotto 361 Shoulder Brace for Monopods:

                    This sure seems like a good idea.

                    In actual use, I find it helps the most when the monopod is straight up & down, but if you know what you're doing, you don't hold the monopod that way.

                    Still, even when the monopod is on an angle, either out front or between your feet, I THINK this dingus helps a little. Not much, but then it doesn't cost a lot, and is very lightweight, so why not have it?

                    As others have noted, it's ridiculously long. I find it is JUST short enough for me when fully collapsed, and I wish I could shorten it even more. Note that there is no way to customize it to be shorter, no matter how clever you might be.

                    This is a no-brainer due to the cost, but I'm not convinced that you absolutely need it.

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                    5.0

                    Very nice.

                    By 4wheeldrift

                    from Florida

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Folds Small
                    • Good Stability
                    • Lightweight
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Manfrotto 361 Shoulder Brace for Monopods:

                        At last, Manfrotto has provided a replacement for my Gitzo Studex monopod whose integrated shoulder support broke at its plastic joint.
                        I like the added stability provided for tele-photography of moving subjects.

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                        5.0

                        good value

                        By Pardus

                        from Vancouver

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Weak Construction

                        Best Uses

                        • Video

                        Comments about Manfrotto 361 Shoulder Brace for Monopods:

                        This brace is pretty good for the money. Not the greatest build materials but considering the price is great. If it was metal, would be well over a hundred bucks I am sure.

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                        5.0

                        Light and well designed

                        By Az Griz

                        from Sedona, AZ

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Folds Small
                        • Good Stability
                        • Lightweight
                        • Unfolds Quickly
                        • Well built

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Manfrotto 361 Shoulder Brace for Monopods:

                          A must if you are shooting video with your mono-pod. Makes the mono-pod steadier when shooting stills.

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                          3.0

                          Not for XL2!

                          By Les

                          from Fort Worth, TX

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Manfrotto 361 Shoulder Brace for Monopods:

                              Bought thinking it might help stabilization with monopod use of XL2. If the arm collapsed by another 50% or so it would allow use of XL 2's shoulder brace. Otherwise might be good for much smaller camcorder.

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                              3.0

                              Pretty nice. But the shoulder brace

                              By RonA

                              from Lincolnotn, NC

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Folds Small
                              • Lightweight
                              • Unfolds Quickly

                              Cons

                              • Unstable

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Manfrotto 361 Shoulder Brace for Monopods:

                              Works good but I don't like how the shoulder brace swivels up and down. When I apply pressure to the brace to hold camera and mono pod steady it wants to move to much. Maybe I am just not doing something right?

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                              5.0

                              Can't beat it for the price

                              By Yazis

                              from Yaroomba, Queensland

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Folds Small
                              • Good Stability
                              • Lightweight
                              • Unfolds Quickly

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Travel
                                • Video

                                Comments about Manfrotto 361 Shoulder Brace for Monopods:

                                The hardware on the shoulder brace to attach it to the camera is pretty sturdy and the arm seems durable as well. It is light, compact and relatively easy to set up. I screw a friction arm into the bottom of it then attach a pistol grip on the other end with a microphone attached to that. Sounds a bit fussy but it is a very minimal and super low cost rig. The video shot with it is a lot more steady than just hand held. Definitely worth the price and you keep a low profile.

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                                5.0

                                Well designed Shoulder Brace

                                By John the Artist

                                from Annapolis, Maryland

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Folds Small
                                • Good Stability
                                • Lightweight
                                • Unfolds Quickly

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Night Shots
                                  • Travel
                                  • Video
                                  • Wildlife

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 361 Shoulder Brace for Monopods:

                                  This shoulder brace is small enough to fold out of the way when not needed and large enough to be useful. I found it intergrated with my existing Manfrotto monopod to make a first rate all around useful tool.

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                                  5.0

                                  Stablize your monopod

                                  By Photo Philly

                                  from Philadelphia PA

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Folds Small
                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Unfolds Quickly

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Video

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 361 Shoulder Brace for Monopods:

                                    Easy to attach to your monopod. Light weight and the unit tucks away when not in use. Parts are plastic, however that is an advantage to keep the weight down. In use it offers greater support especially using DSLR cameras.

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                                    5.0

                                    361 Shoulder Brace by Manfrotto

                                    By rayver6

                                    from San Francisco, CA

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Fits Well
                                    • Solid/Sturdy

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Night Shots
                                      • Video

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 361 Shoulder Brace for Monopods:

                                      Excellent control of camera movements. Either hand held or on a monopod intricate camera movements are executed with the preciseness of an elaborate dolly system. I use the 361 with the Canon 5D Mk II when shooting video in difficult locations. The 361 Shoulder Brace by Manfrotto allows the confident capture of these images.

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