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 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 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 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 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 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 Poorly made internal components I've had 2 of these monopods in my possession now and neither one of them ever worked properly. The bottom segment either fails to lock or won't retract. Not after many uses mind you, we're talking right out of the box! The bottom line is that this is a very cheaply made product that would be over priced at half of what they charge for it. What good is special aeronautical grade aluminum alloy if the internal components are made up of plastic tinker toys?? This monopod is like a Ferrari with a Pinto engine. A beautiful worthless piece of junk.
    Date published: 2012-02-22
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    Is it possible to mount a base (3 legs) to this monopod ? Which one ? What is the best compact head to use with, for photography mostly and video ?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    You cannot change the base of this monopod. Also, it is not made to be used with a head, though you can adapt one if you really want to. Manfrotto does make several monopods that have a fluid panning base. You can use any head you would like, however if you want to use this for video, a video head is highly suggested, like https://<a href= target= _blank ></a>
    Answered by: Jacob C.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Would this product work with this tripod adapter base? Or is there something similar that would work with this particular monopod?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Manfrotto does not make an accessory for that monopod like the Manfrotto 678 Universal Folding Base. The link for that is, base will work on the 679, 680, 681 and the older monopods, 3016 and 3018.There is not third party item that I am aware of that will work with the 678.
    Answered by: Robert K.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    What are the main functional advantages of this model over the less expensive 334B automatic monopod? Many thanks.
    Asked by: Anonymous
    The main difference I can see is that the Neo Tec does not have the locks on the leg sections. All you have to do is step on the foot and pull the monopod to increase length, so it's very quick to bring your camera to eye level. I use mine while hiking so that is a lot more convenient than having to loosen the locks and adjust the height every time I see a shot that I want to capture. And it seems to hold just as well as if it had the locks. I hope that helps!
    Answered by: Linda L.
    Date published: 2018-08-27
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