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ManfrottoModo Steady 585 Camera Support
 
3.5

(based on 53 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (8)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (23)
  • Easy to use (19)
  • Lightweight (19)
  • Improves performance (16)
  • Folds away (13)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Home movies (18)
  • Stabilization (13)
  • Independent films (11)
  • 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 (14), Professional artist (11), Tech savvy (7), Aspiring film maker (5), Business owner (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.

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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

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  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

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        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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                          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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                              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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                                  1.0

                                  Plasticy Trash

                                  By AFP

                                  from Colorado Springs

                                  About Me Professional Artist

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact Design

                                  Cons

                                  • Cheap Feel
                                  • Lacks Functionality
                                  • Poor Design
                                  • Poor Performance

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home Movies

                                  Comments about Manfrotto Modo Steady 585 Camera Support:

                                  This is one of the worst purchases that I have ever made. I teach a high school class and expected this to help new students have the mobility of handheld with the ability to still get steady shots. This thing is really just floppy trash. None of the joints are solid, the counter weights for the steady cam mode are useless, and the mounting plate takes almost 2 minutes to put on the camera then attach to the main part. Over all I would say that I was VERY disappointed in this manfrotto gear.

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