Manfrotto 685B NeoTec Pro Photo Monopod with Safety Lock

Manfrotto 685B NeoTec Pro Photo Monopod with Safety Lock

Manfrotto 685B NeoTec Pro Photo Monopod with Safety Lock

B&H # MA685B MFR # 685B
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Product Highlights

  • Optional Ball/Pan/Fluid Heads
  • Aluminum Construction
  • 3 Leg Sections
  • Maximum Height: 63.9"
  • Folded Length: 29.3
  • Supports 17.6 lb
  • Weighs: 2.4 lb
  • Auto-Lock Height Adjustment
  • Adjustable Hand/Wrist Strap
  • Padded Top Section
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Configuration: Monopod Only

Monopod Only With Tilt Head
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Manfrotto 685B overview

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The Manfrotto 685B NeoTec Pro Photo Monopod with Safety Lock features the innovative NeoTec rapid opening and closing mechanism. The leg opens up by simply pulling down on it, and automatically locks into any position, with no screws, knobs or levers to tighten. The 685B also sports a safety lever that prevents accidental deployment of the locking release mechanism. To close the monopod, simply activate the safety lever with the 'pinkie' finger, which then allows the grip action handle to be depressed. The lever is simple to operate while still maintaining one-handed closing operation. The heavier the weight pushing down on it from above the more locking power this innovative mechanism exerts.

To further improve the single-handed performance of the NeoTec Monopod, Manfrotto has added a lightweight rubber foot pedal to make opening or closing a snap. To increase the height of the camera, simply step on the pedal and lift the monopod to the new position. For storage and transportation, the foot pedal folds away against the bottom leg section.

Special aluminum alloy used in the aeronautical industry
NeoTec rapid opening and closing mechanism
Lightweight rubber foot pedal to make opening or closing easier
Protective foam leg-warmer on the bottom leg section to provide protection against the elements and offer a comfortable grip during transportation.
Suction cup foot for extra ground support and increased grip.
UPC: 719821255680
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Manfrotto 685B NeoTec Pro Photo Monopod with Safety Lock
  • Wrist/Hand Strap
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Limited 8-Year Warranty Extension after Online Registration
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    Manfrotto 685B specs

    Monopod Head
    Head Type Pistol Grip Head
    Camera Mounting Screw 1/4"-20 Male, 3/8"-16 Male
    Leg Lock Type Push-Pull, with Release Button
    Leg Sections 3
    Leg Diameter 1.1" / 28 mm (Maximum)
    0.87" / 22 mm (Minimum)
    Load Capacity 17.6 lb / 8.0 kg
    Maximum Working Height 66.9" / 170 cm
    Folded Length 29.3" / 74.5 cm
    Materials Aluminum Alloy
    Weight 2.38 lb / 1.08 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 31.0 x 4.0 x 3.0"

    Manfrotto 685B reviews

    685B NeoTec Pro Photo Monopod with Safety Lock is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 131.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Use it Daily As a Real Estate Photographer, my Manfrotto monopod is in my hand nearly every day. This is my second in three years - I wore the first one out. Biggest challenge is replacing the foot if you lose it (which can happen easily when tramping shooting landscape around up-scale homes or on large acreage). It costs a fortune to replace this part. Another challenge is that the teensy tiny screws come loose easily and if you lose the screw or the nut, its impossible to find them or replace them. An associate and I actually harvested parts from a retired Manfrotto monopod to maintenance our equipment as needed. That aside, it's a great tool!
    Date published: 2013-12-30
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from needs a few improvements but pretty good i am a professional using this 3-4 days a week and have found it to be pretty good with a few design changes. the screws that hold the handle together don't stay tight within the course of a day. if you do tighten the handle up and get it pretty snug the trigger is harder to engage and the height adjustment isn't as easy or fluid. there is a balance in the tightness of the screws and the balance lends itself to the screws becoming loose regularly. i understand there is a bit of upkeep with equipment but not every day. i am needing another and am looking to other brands and models. i may very well end up buying another one of these. thanks
    Date published: 2010-02-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Monopod I use this with longer lenses in situations when shutter speeds are dropping too low for that specific lens, eg the 135mm f/2.0, which needs at least 1/125 sec or more to use handheld. With this monopod, I would not hesitate to use this lens at 1/60 sec (if there is no subject movement that is). It is so easy to adjust the height - simply squeeze the handle at the top (there is a safety latch to stop accidental movement) and then move it to your new desired height. A monopod is no substitute for a tripod but is much easier to carry around and set up than one. If you are using very large heavy lenses all the time and you need to still move around a lot, then this monopod will be great for that.
    Date published: 2008-06-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from great for wedding photography I bought this after I changed to longer prime shooting (85L, 135L) vs my IS zooms. I find it perfect for dark churches and receptions. The ability to quickly change the height I am shooting at made me have faith in monopods again. I pair it with a decent ballhead and L plate on my camera means I can quickly change camera orientation without changing my camera height. I.e. The camera is rotated ontop of the ballhead not the monopod head. it is also invaluable for fashion work, giving me the ability to physically move around where a tripod would slow me down. I only wsh it was more compact when collapsed down for trave usage.
    Date published: 2011-05-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very easy to use I received it on Friday and used it today covering an event. Being able to easily move it up and down without bending over was great. Very solid feel and no problem holding my Nikon D3 with 70-200 f/2.8 with a 2x tele extender. The bottom foot rotates to be able to extend the spike. Becuase of this you really need to hold this harder since it will tend to rotate. After getting used to it for a bit, I had no issues. The tubes also rotate, so if you like to use a monopod to hold your camera in teh air or a flash this is not for you. It will just keep swinging to the center of gravity and you can't turn it.
    Date published: 2013-01-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Didn't Realize How Nice a Monopod Is I will be using this product to lug my very heavy Nikon D3s, Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8G VRII, Pocket Wizard Flex, and SB900 around at weddings. I've only experimented at home, but I already know it will work wonderfully in the real world. One thing I don't like about it is that it's quite difficult to extend (perhaps after a few more times using it it will loosen up thereby making it easier to extend). I'm uncertain why there is a hand strap. I have one hand on my camera and the needs to be free to work my lens and work the monopod. I was skeptical at how difficult it may be to use, but I find that it's much easier to use that anticipated.
    Date published: 2011-02-03
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from If it fails to lock, you're done I bought the 685B and, upon attempting to use it for the first time, I found that the lower extension tube would not lock in any extended position. I called Manfrotto and eventually got someone to call me back to discuss the problem. The upshot of the whole affair is that the equipment is UNREPAIRABLE for this problem. Once the lower unit is fully assembled it cannot be dis-assembled for repairs according to Manfrotto. This lack of repairability is a serious liability.
    Date published: 2013-08-08
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Unique features but don't get it wet I use this with my Canon 500mm f4 coupled with either the 7D or 1DIII body and on occasion combined with a flash set-up. My main subject is wildlife, especially birds. Although this rig is close to the suggested maximum load the monopod is solid and easy to set-up. It only takes a second or two to go from standing to a kneeling position. Adding a video-style head makes it much easier to carry over the shoulder. Once you try this monopod you will appreciate just how quick and easy it is to get onto your subject. This is especially true if the terrain makes using a tripod inpractical. It will not replace a tripod. As long as you keep the inner tubing free of moisture it should last a long time. The lower part of the leg is sealed (I've used it without problems in salt and fresh water) but the upper sealing is not adequate for dealing with rain or careless washing! Once that happens the locking mechanism starts to fail and you run the certain risk of the rig just collapsing as you are about to take a photo. There is no way to clean the inner tubing and just leaving it to dry did not solve the problem. Mine lasted about three years which doesn't seem bad value. Like other users, I lost the (useless) rubber foot on my first outing. A few months later I noticed that screws and nuts were missing in the grip. I suggest removing the rubber foot and using a semi-permanent glue to keep the screws and nuts in place. Lastly, even without any kind of head and removing the foot plate it is still rather long by monopod standards. You may find it too large for some suitcases.
    Date published: 2011-02-28
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