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ManfrottoFluid Monopod with 500 Series Head
 
4.6

(based on 66 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (47)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (43)
  • Opens quickly (39)
  • Lightweight (36)
  • Compact (35)
  • Easy to use (9)

Cons

  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Video (39)
  • Travel (33)
  • Weddings (33)
  • Sports/action (26)
  • Wildlife (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (25), Semi-pro photographer (12), Aspiring film maker (5), Photo enthusiast (5), Film professional (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (53)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great monopod but read this review 1st

This is absolutely a GREAT combo of monopod and head. The problem is that it is not the standard head MVH500AH .. it was modified for this monopod and so with this monopod the...Read complete review

This is absolutely a GREAT combo of monopod and head. The problem is that it is not the standard head MVH500AH .. it was modified for this monopod and so with this monopod the head itself does not pan. The bottom of the monopod does the work instead. In the Manfrotto video for this new product they show the incorrect head that comes with this monopod. The only issue is that you can't use the head that comes with this monopod on anything else using it as a fluid head..the knob is missing with the modification. Too bad I had to return it.. it was awesome.. as I wanted something not dedicated to the monopod. I decided then to buy the same unmodified head MVH500AH and bought a separate monopod. I want to make sure to state that his unit is really nice although I did not keep it! If this is what you need or want, you won't be sorry if you buy this product. It worked very very nicely! Beautifully!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not an Accurate Product Description

I'm rating it at a 2 because the MVH500AH Fluid Head is modified so that there is no pan axis which is why I purchased it. I understand that the pan axis is built...Read complete review

I'm rating it at a 2 because the MVH500AH Fluid Head is modified so that there is no pan axis which is why I purchased it. I understand that the pan axis is built into the monopod, but I had the hopes of using the head on a different pair of sticks. I guess Manfrotto wants me to purchase another kit which is disappointing. They continue to disappoint just as they did with the previous model.

The quality is great and what I expect from Manfrotto. It's just too bad that their not up front about the features they've subtracted. Please update the product description so that people don't waste their time and money on something they aren't expecting.

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5.0

Nice monopod - very sturdy and yet light

By mgphoto

from SoCal

Comments about Manfrotto Fluid Monopod with 500 Series Head:

Nice monopod - very sturdy and yet light

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5.0

This is a great product.

By Alain Green Photography

from Miami, FL

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Lightweight
  • Opens Quickly
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Portraits
    • Sports/Action
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Manfrotto Fluid Monopod with 500 Series Head:

    I am a photographer but occasionally I do videos. The fluid monopod is very useful when trying to get a steady shot. It is very light weight which is good for traveling.

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    • Yes

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    5.0

    Great product

    By Pavlo

    from Antelope, CA

    Comments about Manfrotto Fluid Monopod with 500 Series Head:

    Smooth, solid.
    Works well with long lenses..
    My first one was stollen...A must for event filmmakers

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    5.0

    Awesome monopod!

    By RC

    from New Jersey

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Lightweight
    • Opens Quickly
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Manfrotto Fluid Monopod with 500 Series Head:

      yup! It get's the job done! We just started adding videography in our packages. this is an awesome monopod!

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      3.0

      Great piece but no so useful

      By Juan

      from Mexico City

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Expensive

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Manfrotto Fluid Monopod with 500 Series Head:

      I use it in documentary films. It's cool but it is not indispensable. it is very similar to other monopods i don't think it is much better. The design is great, very fluid except when I try to use it in a simmilar to a slider, I mean dolly like movements.
      Expensive.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great Monopod

      By Jacob

      from Virginia

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Lightweight
      • Opens Quickly
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Manfrotto Fluid Monopod with 500 Series Head:

        Great monopod. The way that the camera attaches is a little different than the last one I purchased but otherwise, very smooth and a great buy.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Amazing tool

        By Eso

        from Franklin, TN

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Lightweight
        • Opens Quickly
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Manfrotto Fluid Monopod with 500 Series Head:

          I love this Monopod! I have been using it for video production for a few months now and will always carry one of these guys with me. This monopod is very handy for quickly grabbing steady shots, including pan/tilt shots, while on the run. It makes setting up and tearing down a breeze!I don't really have anything negative to say about this monopod as I have yet to have a bad experience with it or wish that it could do more.

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          5.0

          Awesome

          By Matt

          from Charleston, SC

          Comments about Manfrotto Fluid Monopod with 500 Series Head:

          If you are looking for a monopod this is the one I recommend. It.is.awesome.

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          5.0

          Great versatile monopod for video

          By Digital Lens

          from Austin, TX

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Lightweight
          • Opens Quickly

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Video

            Comments about Manfrotto Fluid Monopod with 500 Series Head:

            Far and away the best piece of stabilization equipment in my arsenal. Great for DSLR run-n-gun b-roll shooting. This monopod is lightweight, easy-to-use and incredibly versatile. The feet make this unit very sturdy for fixed shots. While the head tilts, the monopod leg itself swivels on a ball-joint for panning type camera motion, and the tension on the joint is easily adjustable with a hex wrench. With some work, you can simulate jib arm shots and a range of other motion to enhance production value. Simply outstanding!

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            5.0

            Great!

            By Fuji the filmmaker

            from Los Angeles

            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 Fluid Monopod with 500 Series Head:

              Nice fluid action.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Good monopod

              By transition films

              from Houston Texas

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Unstable

              Best Uses

              • Video

              Comments about Manfrotto Fluid Monopod with 500 Series Head:

              I think this is a good tool for the people we do videos, the only thing is I still missing the version before I love the head it was more safe for my camera.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Solves camera shake

              By WP

              from Virginia

              Comments about Manfrotto Fluid Monopod with 500 Series Head:

              I've used this once so far for a wedding and I loved it. I used to be all handheld, but got tired of the difficulty and occasional shaky video. It has a nice fluid head. I put an additional quick release on top to match that of my tripod. My only gripe is, if you want the monopod to stand on it's own with a fairly heavy camera, you need to tighten the ball joint at the bottom quite a bit, which makes the movement stick a little. I've heard of people putting lubricant on it. I just haven't tried yet. Great monopod overall.

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              5.0

              Amazing!!

              By Little Blue Productions

              from Wichita, KS

              Comments about Manfrotto Fluid Monopod with 500 Series Head:

              This is by far one of the best things I have bought for my video editing company. Super smooth movements with the fluid head. The handle is adjustable and can fit to either side. I have been nothing but impressed with the video I have taken with it. If you are making videos I would recommend picking up one of these before you ever start!

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              5.0

              Amazing!!

              By LBP

              from Wichita, KS

              Comments about Manfrotto Fluid Monopod with 500 Series Head:

              This is by far one of the best things I have bought for my video editing company. Super smooth movements with the fluid head. The handle is adjustable and can fit to either side. I have been nothing but impressed with the video I have taken with it. If you are making videos I would recommend picking up one of these before you ever start!

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              5.0

              Clicky/Jerky Bottom Ball Joint Solution

              By Tony

              from Blacksburg, VA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Opens Quickly
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Manfrotto Fluid Monopod with 500 Series Head:

                First of all, for those who have a problem with the bottom ball joint being jerky, some WD-40 solved the problem once and for all for me. Sorry if jerky is too vague a word to describe the problem, but if you have the problem, you'll know what I'm talking about. More specifically, if you experience jerking during panning, tighten the adjustment screw, so that all the panning will be coming from the fluid joint at the bottom instead of the ball joint. If you experience jerking during tilting, then WD-40 is all you need, Or some other mechanic oil product will likely solve the problem just as well. I would recommend this method as good maintenance practice too. Some people don't experience the jerking problem right out of the box, but after a few shoots, it would become apparent. With the jerking problem out of the way, this is a fantastic product! Enjoy yours now!

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                5.0

                A videographers best friend!

                By Erin

                from Los Angeles,CA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Opens Quickly
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Manfrotto Fluid Monopod with 500 Series Head:

                    I rented this out 3 times before I came to the conclusion that I def. needed this ALL THE TIME. The great thing about this monopod is that it's so easy to use and very convenient when shooting from multiple heights and angles. And it also helps keep my 5D steady and gives my arms a rest. Def. is my new best friend.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Perfect for the run and gun Videographer

                    By eicharphotography

                    from St. Louis, MO

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Opens Quickly
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Manfrotto Fluid Monopod with 500 Series Head:

                    I love this Monopod. The only reason I give it 4/5 is if this were made with carbon fiber making it lighter and the new 500 series head is great but feels pretty massive for a monopod. Regardless this guy gets the job done! Love it.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great monopod

                    By Steve B

                    from Rochester, MI

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Opens Quickly
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • A little heavy
                    • Fairly Long When Folded

                    Best Uses

                    • Sports/Action
                    • Video

                    Comments about Manfrotto Fluid Monopod with 500 Series Head:

                    Used to record video at son's soccer game. Resulted in more steady video than I thought...much better than hand held. Easy to use. Very smooth panning. Highly recommend.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    A Really Great Monopod!

                    By ImageTenPhotography

                    from Providence, Rhode Island

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight
                    • Opens Quickly
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Bottom Fluid Cartridge

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Real Estate
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Manfrotto Fluid Monopod with 500 Series Head:

                    Manfrotto build quality throughout. The head is great, perfect size! Not a big fan of the larger adapter plate but that is personal preference. You will read reviews of this monopod that mention how unhappy people are with the fluid cartridge assembly at the bottom of the monopod. I felt their pain until I went to my local auto parts store and bought a can of liquid wrench silicone spray. A few squirts of this and all "bumps" or "clicks" that other reviews talk about go away. 4 stars for having to buy the can of lubricant. I shouldn't have to do that at this price point and with a Manfrotto class product. Happy shooting!

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                    5.0

                    Fluid Monopod with 500 Series Head by Ma

                    By Yohana

                    from Charlotte, NC

                    About Me Photography Student

                    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 Fluid Monopod with 500 Series Head:

                      I needed a light weight support for my camera, At first I didn't this monopod could get the job done, but since I bought this monopod, I no longer need to use a tripod, this i can take anywhere, I use it as a jib as well! its so light easy to use and take less than a minute to set it up!!

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                      • No

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