The Custom Brackets Yuri Arcurs SteadyPod Basic for Manfrotto 685B Monopod is a pro photography kit intended for use with a monopod. For studio and on-location photography that captures action and therefore requires a lot of moving around on the photographer's part, a monopod is often a more appropriate support choice than a relatively immobile tripod.
Devised by wildly successful "micro stock" photographer Yuri Arcurs, this SteadyPod kit includes a Tilt Head CB, a Digital PRO-SV rotation bracket for smooth transitions between portrait and landscape orientation, an extended palm grip for the bracket, and all necessary quick-release plates.
The kit also includes two components that are designed specifically for the Manfrotto 685B NeoTec Monopod Deluxe: a Foot Shield that goes over the existing rubber foot to keep it from slipping off, and a pair of Anti-Twist Screws, which you can screw into the bottom of the Tilt Head CB to keep the head from rotating when it's mounted to the 685B.
The Tilt Head CB is designed to isolate the camera's movement to front-to-back (or back-to-front) only, increasing the overall stability of the system. Like the Digital PRO-SV, the Tilt Head is constructed of machined aluminum, which is anodized for a scratch-resistant finish. Releasing the bracket from the head requires the engagement of the push bar, a unique quick-release design from Custom Brackets. With separate knobs for tilt-lock and tension control for greater adjustment precision, the head allows upward tilt to 90° and nearly the same forward tilt.
The Digital PRO-SV bracket allows you to smoothly rotate the camera from portrait to landscape orientation (and vice versa) while keeping the camera centered over the monopod. The roller-bearing bracket locks into place once you've rotated it the full 90°. Included in the kit is an extended grip for rotating the camera along the arc of the Digital PRO-SV.
The Yuri Arcurs SteadyPod Basic kit also includes everything you need to join the various elements while preserving quick-release functionality throughout: there's a CBP camera-bottom plate, a CMP two-way plate with anti-twist features, and a QR-C kit for attaching the whole assembly to a monopod.
Note: Monopod not included. The head has a 3/8"-16 thread.
- One of the benefits of quick-release systems is that they allow you to switch quickly and easily between two different cameras. For each additional camera, purchase an additional CMP (camera mounting plate), C-SP (attaches CMP to Digital PRO-SV), and CBP (camera bottom plate, which allows you to mount your camera directly on a QR-equipped monopod or tripod)
- If you want to swap the bracket or camera between supports (monopods or tripods), purchase an additional QR (tripod quick release)