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ManfrottoModo Steady 585 Camera Support
 
3.5

(based on 54 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (8)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (24)
  • Easy to use (20)
  • Lightweight (20)
  • Improves performance (17)
  • Folds away (13)

Cons

  • Poor performance (5)
  • Lacks functionality (4)
  • Limited compatibility (4)

Best Uses

  • Home movies (19)
  • Stabilization (13)
  • Independent films (12)
  • Movies (9)
  • Complex projects (4)
    • How long have you owned it:
    • A month or less

       

      One-to-three months

       

      75% 

      (3 reviews)

      Three-to-six months

       

      More than six months

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (15), Professional artist (12), Tech savvy (7), Business owner (6), Aspiring film maker (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (17)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very portable and multi-purpose...

...out of the box... it was easy to use and set up... the flexibility is the best part of this device.

About the only negative (using the...Read complete review

...out of the box... it was easy to use and set up... the flexibility is the best part of this device.

About the only negative (using the term loosely)... is that it takes some time to learn how to use the stabilizing aspects of this item. Learning to balance the camera takes a some time to learn at first. But, once you figure out how to do it... it's a piece of cake.

I used a Cannon HV30 with Wide angle lens (...which made the balancing a bit more difficult to achieve).

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Lightweight

I have had my Modo Steady only a short while and have not put it fully through it's paces as yet, but that is all going to change as we are taking it on...Read complete review

I have had my Modo Steady only a short while and have not put it fully through it's paces as yet, but that is all going to change as we are taking it on a very long sight-seeing journey starting the 15th of August. So far I have had it at our cottage as well as several short trial runs.
The things I like about this unit is that it is very light. It also folds up into a very small space which I like very much. One must have a lot of patience with this unit as it is very touchy to fine tune, mainly because of it's weight. My camera is tall and therefore top-heavy which makes getting the balance perfect very difficult. The "quick release" is not very quick and I have to take the mechanism off the camera in order to download images directly from the camera. I could, I suppose, use a reader to download to my lap top, but I haven't experimented with that as yet. I like this unit very much, but I still think I'll need something that will get the center of gravity lower for my camera (Sanyo HD 2000).
I will update this review when I return from my trip.

Buck

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5.0

Great with gopro or sjcam4000

By Vikjunod

from Brazil

About Me Business Owner, Film Student, Hobbyist, Professional Artist

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Easy To Use
  • Highly Compatible
  • Improves Performance
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Movies
    • Independent Films

    Comments about Manfrotto Modo Steady 585 Camera Support:

    Perfect with Gopro an SJcam

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    • Yes

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    4.0

    Lots of Bang for your Buck

    By digucator on twitter

    from Boston Area

    About Me Filmmaker, Teacher

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Affordable
    • Compact Design
    • Easy To Use
    • Highly Compatible
    • Improves Performance
    • Lightweight
    • Mutli Purpose

    Cons

    • Screw Knobs Can Get Lost

    Best Uses

      Comments about Manfrotto Modo Steady 585 Camera Support:

      We are a high school TV Production program whose equipment gets hard use. This is a versatile, easy to use accessory, with consumer grade equipment. Downside is that screw knobs can get lost by novice users. Be aware that bogan parts supplies sadly are no longer stocked when models are discontinued. This diminishes the allure of this brand particularly for higher ticket items

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      • No

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      4.0

      Steady as she goes

      By Guy

      from Israel

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Only For Small Camcorders

      Best Uses

      • Landscape Photography
      • Traveling

      Comments about Manfrotto Modo Steady 585 Camera Support:

      I was looking for a way to stabilize my video camera
      without burning my wallet.
      This product offers more bang for the buck them most stabilizers that cost a small fortune.
      Easy to use.
      nicely built.
      recommended for light camcorders only.

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      • No

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      2.0

      Plastic construction unstable

      By Robin CGI FX Artist

      from Vancouver, BC

      About Me Semi-Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • 3-in-1 design
      • As stated not for dSLR
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Inexpensive
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Cheap plastic
      • Not Durable
      • Not Functional

      Best Uses

      • Shoulder brace

      Comments about Manfrotto Modo Steady 585 Camera Support:

      I was hoping this stabilizer would work with my T2i dSLR, but even after adding additiona weights for balance, I was unable to get the desired results. The gimbal is limited in it's range of motion and has too much friction to provide a smooth glide, and the plastic arm is too flexible imparting vibration when walking.

      As a shoulder brace and tabletop tripod it works fine. If it had a sturdy metal construction and higher quality gimbal this would fix a lot of the problems.

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      4.0

      Good for the money.

      By Dave

      from La Mirada, CA

      About Me Hobbyist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Improves Performance
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Limited Compatibility

      Best Uses

      • Home Movies

      Comments about Manfrotto Modo Steady 585 Camera Support:

      After using the Modosteady for about two weeks, including taking it to a concert, I have to say I'm not very excited about it, nor do I want to get rid of it.
      I use it with a Nex-5n to take video. Taking video with the Modosteady does help reduce shake and arm fatigue, but is slightly awkward to turn video on/off (yes, it wasn't really meant for the nex anyway).
      The Modosteady consists of a lot of plastic, which is disappointing. But since I travel often, and take care of my stuff well, it's not a big concern. In fact, it doesn't weigh as much as a metal version would, which makes it more portable.
      Be sure to look at the manual, as it helps (a few pictures, really). First-time set-up is about 5 minutes, and after that, it's a 1min deal (I leave the tripod head on).
      Oh, and don't count on this for serious tripod use.

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      4.0

      Read the Instructions, and its awesome..

      By wfeuquay

      from Scottsdale, AZ

      About Me Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Highly Compatible
      • Lightweight
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Movies
        • Independent Films
        • In The Studio

        Comments about Manfrotto Modo Steady 585 Camera Support:

        I use this for capturing some sports footage on the court. I found it quite steady and was able to be quite creative with it.
        It does work as advertised...if you RTFM (read the manual).
        Not perfect, but for what it is, it...is.

        Be creative, have fun, appreciate.

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        2.0

        Mediocre Product

        By coolspot

        from Toronto, ON

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact

        Cons

        • Flimsy
        • Unstable

        Best Uses

        • Home

        Comments about Manfrotto Modo Steady 585 Camera Support:

        This product does everything but nothing well. As a steadicam, the gimble is not large nor fluid enough for practical use. As a shoulder stablizer, the plastic parts flex too much.

        Very disappointed with this product.

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        1.0

        Not what i expected

        By jobdrums

        from Guatemala, Central America

        About Me Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Lacks Functionality
        • Limited Compatibility
        • Poor Performance

        Best Uses

          Comments about Manfrotto Modo Steady 585 Camera Support:

          All i read about it makes it look like what i needed, and not. Very dissapointing. I have a Canon T2i, and didnt worked at all. As a shoulder steady is fine but not for real steady use. Wont recommend it if what u have is bigger than a small picture camera with extra video capture. Not even a camcorder will work with it. Again . . as a shoulder steady is fine ..

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          3.0

          Almost works

          By Bernice

          from New York

          About Me Professional Artist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Easy To Use
          • Improves Performance

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Movies

            Comments about Manfrotto Modo Steady 585 Camera Support:

            I bought this to use with my Lumix GF2 to shoot video while walking. It almost works. It is better than just hand-held but unstable in its own ways. Better than nothing but not a miracle. Compact design is very ingenious though.

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            1.0

            terrible

            By awaltz

            from New Orleans, La

            About Me Film Student, Hobbyist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Limited Compatibility
            • Pricey / Poor Value

            Best Uses

            • Independent Films

            Comments about Manfrotto Modo Steady 585 Camera Support:

            Not good for dslr. After going home and looking the product up I learned that it was made for mini dv. The guy at b&h told me it was for dslr also. Well here's a heads up

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            2.0

            steady cam-no shoulder brace-maybe

            By ShotBaker

            from Kandahar, Afghanistan

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Adjustable
            • Comfortable
            • Flolds up nicely
            • Works fine as a brace

            Cons

            • Expencive
            • Flimsy
            • Steady cam don't bother

            Best Uses

            • Supporting Camera

            Comments about Manfrotto Modo Steady 585 Camera Support:

            I bought this item as a shoulder brace for my Panasonic HDC-TM700K. I wanted something to use when it wasn't practical to use my Glidecam or tripod. I never expected the steady cam feature to work and have not even bothered to try it. As a fold up shoulder brace it works pretty good. It is a bit more flimsy than I would like but it packs up nicely and is great for travel. If you need a decent shoulder brace and don't mind spending some money for it, this item will work. If you are looking for a steady cam, this is not for you. I recommend spending the extra money and buying a better one.

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            2.0

            Not good enough for DSLR

            By PH77

            from Los Angeles

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Pros

            • Adjustable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Stabilizing

              Comments about Manfrotto Modo Steady 585 Camera Support:

              Great idea. Tried it with a small point and shoot in video mode, and it did a decent job of stabilizing the footage.

              However my T2i and 18-55 lens were too much weight for it to handle, and it could not balance at all.

              The shoulder support mode also didn't work out too well because there was so much flex in the body, I didn't trust my camera on it without the neckband around me as a backup.

              The T2i was even too heavy to use the table top tripod efficiently.

              Might be good for small and lightweight cameras but not for anything bigger.

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              1.0

              doesn't work

              By Johnny

              from midtown, NY

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Manfrotto Modo Steady 585 Camera Support:

              didn't balance my camera at all[...]i'm sure it does its job as a tripod and shoulder mount, but not as a stabilizer.

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              1.0

              Good for small cameras only

              By CRA123

              from CONGERS, NY

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Manfrotto Modo Steady 585 Camera Support:

              I purchased this unit & returned the very next week.
              It might work well with a very small flip video camera or point & shoot, but it wasn't sturdy enough for a DLSR. I found it hard to get a comfortable feel & the proper balance that i was looking for. I was hoping i could get away without spending allot on a camera support. Guess i was wrong.

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              4.0

              VERY NICE

              By MINICE_2001

              from MERIDA, MEXICO

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Adjustable
              • Comfortable

              Cons

              • Poorly Padded

              Best Uses

              • Supporting Camera

              Comments about Manfrotto Modo Steady 585 Camera Support:

              ITS NICE AND EASY TO USE

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              • No

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              4.0

              Good for the price

              By Arch Photographer

              from Fort Worth, TX

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Adjustable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Stabilizing
                • Supporting Camera

                Comments about Manfrotto Modo Steady 585 Camera Support:

                I was looking for an entry level steady cam to use with a Flip HD and my GoPro HD Hero. This is an improvement over handheld shooting. I've also used it in the shoulder mode and that works too. So far, my favorite part is the built-in tripod.

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                3.0

                A little flimsy for the 5dMkII

                By Sam

                from Denver, CO

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good for lighter cameras

                Cons

                • Bad for DSLR like 5DMKII
                • Difficult to Attach
                • Poorly Padded

                Best Uses

                • Stabilizing lighter cams

                Comments about Manfrotto Modo Steady 585 Camera Support:

                Things that are great about the modo steady:
                *The table tripod fuction was great for slow pans and rac focusing

                Things that arn't so great:
                * the arm is pretty short if you have long arms and can be cumbersome, awkward and uncomfortable if you have a DSLR on it(like the 5D Mark II. All of the weight from the camera was being transferrred in to my wrist and which made me fatigue while shooting in longer periods of time.

                *The fact that the tripot base plate could not transfer to another Manfrotto base, was inconvenient while shooting a wedding, as I sometimes will need to quickly change to a tripod and then a steady cam to follow what is happening right in front of me. Not having a quick release plate was the biggest downside

                *It feels flimsy. This potentially could be a great product if a sturdier plastic or even carbon fiber was used.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Good for small caleras

                By Brandon

                from Twin Cities, MN

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Manfrotto Modo Steady 585 Camera Support:

                    Good stabilizer for small video cameras, but my HDSLR's were too heavy to get the unit to balance balance.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Very Ingenious

                    By rpopovich

                    from Las Vegas

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Pros

                    • Adjustable
                    • Comfortable
                    • Good price value

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Stabilizing
                      • Supporting Camera

                      Comments about Manfrotto Modo Steady 585 Camera Support:

                      For a small still/video camera or camcorder this is very usefull. The setup is involved to learn how to best use it and it's only for a longer shooting session (not a quick picture)! But it folds into a small handful and goes nicely into my KATA bag. Great idea with very good execution and quality!

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                      3.0

                      Bang for the buck this little fela is

                      By arc

                      from Whidbey WA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Adjustable
                      • Comfortable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Stabilizing

                        Comments about Manfrotto Modo Steady 585 Camera Support:

                        Bang for the buck this little fela is quit good "with a small camera"
                        I am using a Canon VIXIA

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