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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 47 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (30)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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      (2)

    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (26)
    • Fits well (25)
    • Solid/sturdy (17)
    • Lightweight (14)
    • Folds away (9)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video (23)
      • Travel (19)
      • Sports/action (17)
      • Wildlife (17)
      • Landscape/scenery (13)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (15), Photo enthusiast (14), Semi-pro photographer (9)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (32)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      A simple product that works

      If Manfrotto's name had not been on it, I would have passed on this brace because it's made primarily of plastic and the relatively low price looked too good to be true. I'm glad...Read complete review

      If Manfrotto's name had not been on it, I would have passed on this brace because it's made primarily of plastic and the relatively low price looked too good to be true. I'm glad I took the plunge.

      Primarily I bought it to steady my monopod on a trip to China, where weight restrictions on internal flights mean I can't carry my tripod and at 71, I worry about staying steady for "once in a lifetime" shots.

      That test is still to come, but my first week of using the device leaves me quite pleased. It really does lock the camera and stick into the body and it follows nicely with moves and turns. Perhaps the coolest discovery so far is that it helps support belly shots, e.g. laying in the sand, allowing me to get into really akward positions, shooting through seagrass while holding steady a heavy camera.

      I haven't tried it for video yet, but just going through the motions it appears it will also be helpful for for that, both with and without the monopod.

      Just one caution. The brace connects to the camera/monopod with a large thumbscrew. Don't over-tighten. I couldn't undo the combo in the field and had to resort (gently) to oversize pliers when I got home.

      It is more than worth the price and I'm betting it will save some "priceless" shots.

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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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      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

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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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.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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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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        • No

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        4.0

        Surprised

        By Brian K

        from Farmingdale, NY

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        See all my reviews

        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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          • No

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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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              • No

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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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                  • No

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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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                  • No

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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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                    • No

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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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                        • No

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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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                        • No

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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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                          • No

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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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                            • No

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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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                              • No

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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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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Steady as She Goes

                                By Jackpine

                                from Driggs, Idaho

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Fits Well
                                • Improves Tripod Function

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 361 Shoulder Brace for Monopods:

                                  I was surprised at how much more stability this product adds to the use of a monopod. It certainly doesn't replace a tripod but is quick & handy. I use it with vibe reduction lenses & it yields good sharp focus...better than just the monopod by itself.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Great product, and big bang for the buck

                                  By sem

                                  from NYC

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Video

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 361 Shoulder Brace for Monopods:

                                    A professional video shooter recommended this for stabilizing hand help video shots. There are so many pricey rigs out there for DSLR video shooting...this is a simple and inexpensive solution, which with a little practice yeilds great, smooth results - with or without a monopod. can;t beat it for the $.

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Essential Addition

                                    By Victor V

                                    from Flagstaff, AZ

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 361 Shoulder Brace for Monopods:

                                    The design of the shoulder brace is great. I was fearing that it would be a cumbersome add-on with very little utility, but it fits the monopod like a glove and after a week, I constantly rely on it. The stability it adds for shooting HDSLR video makes it a must have accessory.

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                                    4.0

                                    It works

                                    By shoebox9

                                    from Australia

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Manfrotto 361 Shoulder Brace for Monopods:

                                          Yes it is plastic, but it's also very light. Nice brace for shooting video on a monopod (the only one in existance that I could find).

                                          Best used to brace against a pole/tree/wall/etc, but also helps a little against your body.

                                          The button is for tightening to the monopod. Once released it allows 360d swivel.

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                                          3.0

                                          Doesn't fit all monopods

                                          By mtp

                                          from Tulsa, OK

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Solid/Sturdy

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Manfrotto 361 Shoulder Brace for Monopods:

                                              I bought this as a gift for a friend who has recently purchased a Gitzo monopod. The Manfrotto sales material said the brace fits all monopods. It does not, however, fit the Gitzo GM5541. The quality and the design of the brace are very good, so it's very disappointing that the item doesn't fit "all monopods" as advertised.

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