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Manfrotto560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release
 
4.2

(based on 78 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (38)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (56)
  • Lightweight (55)
  • Opens quickly (52)
  • Strong construction (44)
  • Stable (3)

Cons

  • Unstable joints (10)
  • Unstable (9)

Best Uses

  • Video (47)
  • Sports/action (36)
  • Travel (34)
  • Weddings (30)
  • Landscape/scenery (24)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (24), Semi-pro photographer (21), Photo enthusiast (18), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (49)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

GOOD TRIPOD SUBSTITUTE FOR EVENT WORK

PROS: The legs are sturdy and work well. They flip down and lock into place. On uneven terrain you can stay more or less level by pivoting the base. But this pod is...Read complete review

PROS: The legs are sturdy and work well. They flip down and lock into place. On uneven terrain you can stay more or less level by pivoting the base. But this pod is not about the legs. This pod is about the base. The base is a stiff ball joint that allows you the speed and flexibility of tilting the camera to the desired angle. But the best part of the base is that it is built inside a fluid sleeve that allows you to make nice smooth pans. This feature alone is worth the price. If you are covering fast moving event stuff that requires the steadiness and panning capabilities of a tripod but you dont have the time nor the room for it this monopod fits the bill. In a tight spot you could easily cover an entire ceremony with it and not miss your tripod. The 560B is lighter than Manfrottosprevious top of the line monopod. CONS: You CAN NOT lock the ball joint down which means you cannot lock the camera down and walk away from the pod. Any camera over two pounds will tilt the pod over on its own weight (unless you hold on to it). This engineering oversight borders on stupidity. Manfrotto already has the technology for locking ball joint tripod heads. Why they neglected to use it on their top of the line monopod is beyond me. Monopod also lacks a bubble level. Can you believe a $150 pivoting monopod without a 25 cent stupid level??? To keep it light Manfrotto used thinner wall aluminum legs which feel flimsy and are definitely less sturdy than their other monopods. In my personal scale of one to ten Id give it a seven and would recommend it for event work for its great panning capability alone.

Problems Encountered: Pivoting ball joint does not lock down. Cameras over two pounds will tilt the monopod over. No bubble level.

Previous Equivalent Items Owned: Bogen Manfrotto monopods and tripods

Items I Recommend: A non pivoting QR head.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Terrible

Worst purchase I ever made. Tilt mechanism at bottom sticks and pops rendering this mono totally useless for my video work. Pan mechanism is smooth and works as advertised, but the ball joint...Read complete review

Worst purchase I ever made. Tilt mechanism at bottom sticks and pops rendering this mono totally useless for my video work. Pan mechanism is smooth and works as advertised, but the ball joint at very bottom ruins the whole effect. I'm buying the 679 bare bones monopod and adding the tilt head and I'm sure it will be 10 times better at half the cost. Dont waste your money!

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5.0

Excellent for Video

By Mike

from Dallas

Comments about Manfrotto 560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release:

Monopod is excellent for the price. The fluid feature is awesome for panning. If video photography is your thing this is a must have. Worth the price!

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5.0

Very handy!

By Orwin

from Maine

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Lightweight
  • Opens Quickly
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Manfrotto 560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release:

    I bought this to use with my newly purchased Tamron 150-600mm. It is really great! I love how lightweight it is, the smoothness of the motion for both panning and just readjusting your angle. It is very easy to move around while using this unlike a tripod (which I always end up leaving at home). The build quality is solid and really makes a difference when using a long telephoto lens. It's very lightweight and is about 2 feet long. It costs a bit more than you'd normally see for a monopod but the quality and features (like the swivel at the feet) make it worthwhile. I highly recommend it!

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    5.0

    Love it! Don't know why I waited so long to get one!

    By Jared - Identity Crisis Studio

    from Seattle

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Lightweight
    • Opens Quickly
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Manfrotto 560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release:

      I don't shoot video (much), but I bought this to use with my 70-200mm for shooting stills. Very happy with it, and glad I didn't buy a cheaper version.

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      5.0

      560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod review

      By Kelly

      from Washington state

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Lightweight
      • Opens Quickly
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Manfrotto 560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release:

        The mono pod is better quality than I expected. I use the pod for stills as well as video. Its small and light weight, it works as well as a travel pod. I been on several tours of national parks My tripod was too cumbersome getting on and off the tour bus. The mono pod worked well for stability and portability.

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        5.0

        Nice pod

        By Craig

        from Michigan

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Video

          Comments about Manfrotto 560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release:

          This is a very handy pod for on the run video.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Very durable.....worth the $$$

          By Fredooch

          from Sunny South Texas

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Lightweight
          • Opens Quickly
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • None so far

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Manfrotto 560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release:

          Very strong and durable. I was surprised it could handle my 5d with the 70-200mm attached. Would recommend it to anyone.

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          5.0

          Quality Product

          By Willie

          from Leander, Tx.

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Lightweight
          • Opens Quickly
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Capacity 4 Lbs 6 Oc

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action

          Comments about Manfrotto 560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release:

          East to set up.
          Well made.

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          • Yes

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          5.0

          Solid Product

          By Team Photographer

          from Southern California

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Lightweight
          • Opens Quickly
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Video

            Comments about Manfrotto 560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release:

            Arrived as expected. Product is sturdy and visually attractive.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Time Saver

            By T Baker

            from Columbia, Missouri

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Lightweight
            • Opens Quickly
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Needs Longer Stabilizing

            Best Uses

            • Video

            Comments about Manfrotto 560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release:

            I have a very heavy Miller tripod that I usually keep wheels on which gives it a wide footprint. At times I don't want to bring it to a short interview or b-roll location. The Manfrotto has already become a great asset as I can run and gun with it and get the stabilization I need without bring in the big tripod. Much better then a monopod. I wish the spread legs were a little longer is about my only gripe.

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            5.0

            Great purchase

            By Green Shooter

            from Austin TX

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Strong Construction
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Portraits

              Comments about Manfrotto 560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release:

              The 3 small legs at the bottom makes this monopod unique and amazing. The only knock, and it's minor, is that the ball pivot at the bottom cannot be fully locked.If I have a light camera on the head, then it'll stay on its own, but if you have heavier camera/lens you'll have too hold it at all times.I've enjoyed its versatility and stability while taking portrait and action shots.

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              5.0

              Excellent, with some lubrication

              By Daniel

              from Portland, Oregon

              Comments about Manfrotto 560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release:

              This monopod is excellent is principle, but I was initially frustrated with the ball joint sticking. I added some graphite powder to the ball socket and now it is silky smooth.

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              3.0

              OK-but it's over-priced for what it is.

              By Bill

              from Bernalillo, NM

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Video

                Comments about Manfrotto 560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release:

                My wife has used this for both video and still photography using a D7100. Pan is smooth, legs are a little skinny. It works ok. I personally don't see any real advantage with this monopod over a regular one - and you can get a very nice standard monopod for a lot less money.

                P.S. Don't try walking away from this unit with your camera attached. Might work that way once or twice, but...

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                5.0

                Handy walkaround

                By moenkopi

                from Colorado

                Comments about Manfrotto 560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release:

                Quite well made; unlike some other reviewers I find the leg locks to be more than adequate. The head is not so hot but can be improved somewhat by disassembling it, lightly sanding the graphite disk that's inside with 320 grit or finer sandpaper on a flat surface, then adding more graphite powder or light grease before reassembling. That being said, I replaced the head with a small fluid head by Konova Photo. The panning function is really smooth, and this is a great piece of gear for minimalist hiking or crowded places like zoos where tripods are a hassle.

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                5.0

                Works For What It's Intended To Do

                By Michael

                from California Central Coast

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Opens Quickly
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Manfrotto 560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release:

                    I purchased this monopod and put a 701HDV head on it. The fluid pan at the base is superb and works well.

                    NOTE: Some reviewers complain that the tilt is jerky at the base, and it is because it wasn't intended to tilt at the base. It was made to pan smoothly, which it does very well. I use the 701HDV head to do my tilts.

                    You can adjust the tension of the tilt at the base, as that is what keeps the monopod standing on its own on the feet. I have it pretty stiff so that the BMPCC with lenses can stand on its own, hands-free.

                    Good solid feet, stable support, just outright perfect unit. Haven't used my tripod for quite some time now.

                    It's not super light, but it feels rugged.

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                    4.0

                    Manfrotto Quality

                    By RC

                    from Sydney Australia

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Opens Quickly
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Need Ball Head For Stills

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots
                    • Travel
                    • Video

                    Comments about Manfrotto 560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release:

                    I find the unit very easy to use, high quality construction and tough.Wishing I had bought a ball head for ease of changing from Landscape to Portrait aspect as I'm using it a lot for still photography.Not sure if a ball head is available for this unit.This is my second Manfrotto purchase and I would recommend them to anyone.

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                    5.0

                    Great if used properly

                    By FPDima

                    from West Babylon, NY

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Lightweight
                    • Opens Quickly
                    • Smooth panning

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Elevated Shots
                      • Home
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Manfrotto 560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release:

                      This is a great unit for quick set ups and steady video work. I use it with a Lumix GH2 and for 90% of my B-Roll shots it's all I use. But you must use it properly. This unit is NOT designed for tilting up and down - the fluid motion is ONLY available for side to side panning. If you try tilting up and down you will encounter sudden pops and jerks due to the ball that attaches to the feet at the bottom. But if used as intended - the feet at the bottom combined with the fluid base will give you great results all day long. The feet are designed to aid in the panning movement - they are NOT intended to keep the unit upright unassisted. Always keep a hand on the unit - this is a monopod NOT a tripod. I read a number of negative reviews and it is apparent to me that they all used the unit incorrectly. If you have a small camcorder or DSLR and need a reliable steady and smooth panning monopod - this is the best unit out there by far.

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                      4.0

                      Light and Steady

                      By Loplop

                      from Portland, OR

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Lightweight
                      • Opens Quickly
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Manfrotto 560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release:

                        This is my fourth monopod and actually used it more than three times and think will continue to use. The only thing that slows me down is the tilt hinge which is on the right side and I intuitively want it on the left side.

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                        5.0

                        Pleased but needs minor improvement

                        By MS Boys State

                        from Starkville, MS

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Lightweight
                        • Opens Quickly
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Unstable Socket Joint

                        Best Uses

                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Video

                        Comments about Manfrotto 560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release:

                        We used this monopod to mount an iPod touch mount on to shoot videos. The monopod was exactly what we needed. The stand itself is very rigid and doesn't wiggle at all as some cheaper versions would. I highly recommend this product for quick breakdown and easy storage. The only problem we had with it was the socket joint at the bottom. While it had fluid motion, it was a little too fluid for our taste. You wanted to make sure you always keep a hand on it.

                        Overall I give the product 5 stars for ease of use and quality manufacturing. .

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                        5.0

                        Useful tool!

                        By Liza the Canon Enthusiast

                        from New York, NY

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Opens Quickly
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Manfrotto 560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release:

                            I use this product when shooting short spoofs that my company produces. It's so much better than lugging a tripod everywhere - the next best thing to owning shoulder mount. I really appreciate the legs at the bottom helping me stable the camera even more. I just wished it could hold my camera in place! Overall, awesome. Great design.

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                            1.0

                            Don't waste your time.

                            By Zach

                            from Sacramento, CA.

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                              • Unstable
                              • Unstable Joints
                              • Weak Clamps

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Manfrotto 560B-1 Aluminum Fluid Video Monopod RC2 Quick Release:

                                This monopod is terrible. The ball joint at the base is super sticky. I used it once and returned it the next day. Luckily BH is a great company with a great return policy. In addition to a terrible base, the head is worthless. Don't waste your time.

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