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Manfrotto 685B NeoTec Pro Photo Monopod with Safety Lock

BH #MA685B • MFR #685B
Manfrotto 685B NeoTec Pro Photo Monopod with Safety Lock
Key Features
  • Optional Ball/Pan/Fluid Heads
  • Aluminum Construction
  • 3 Leg Sections
  • Maximum Height: 63.9"
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.
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Manfrotto 685B Overview

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.

Manfrotto 685B Specs

Monopod Head
Head TypePistol Grip Head
Camera Mounting Screw1/4"-20 Male, 3/8"-16 Male
Leg
Leg Lock TypePush-Pull, with Release Button
Leg Sections3
Leg Diameter1.1" / 28 mm (Maximum)
0.87" / 22 mm (Minimum)
General
Load Capacity17.6 lb / 8.0 kg
Maximum Working Height66.9" / 170 cm
Closed Length29.3" / 74.5 cm
MaterialsAluminum Alloy
Weight2.38 lb / 1.08 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.8 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)31 x 4 x 3"

Manfrotto 685B Reviews

Excellent Accessory for Camera with Heavy Lens

By Donna
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-11-14

I have a heavy zoom lens. The Manfrotto 685B monopod with tilt head is perfect for shooting action shots. It’s easy to maneuver and change my shooting positions. Highly recommend.

Awesome!

By Tom
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-05-31

Quality monopod! Very stable and very easy to maneuver (height, angle, etc.) 5 stars for product and B&H 2 stars for shipping company, paid for 2 day express via FedEx and product was lost then found 4 days later.

Great for Quick Height Adjustment

By Kendall
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-04-24

I had a specific need in mind when I purchased the Manfrotto 685B NeoTec Pro Photo Monopod.� After visiting a local in-closed butterfly garden with a conventional monopod with twist locks between the leg sections I found that I was constantly adjusting the height to keep at camera at the right height to photograph the active butterflies and keep them in the camera frame with my macro lens.� Many shots were missed just because of the monopod adjustments.� So I went looking for a monopod that would allow rapid height adjustments.� The Manfrotto 685B works extremely well in this regard.� In a matter of a second or two I can change the monopod height up or down.� The monopid is very rugged and supports my rather heavy load of a camera and three flashes.� Its full height is also impressive and would be handy if you use a long telephoto and point it up to photograph objects above you such as birds in a tree. ���� There are drawbacks to the Manfrotto 685B however.� Its heavy, rather long even when collapsed, and expensive. So evaluate your monopod needs and if you decide you need really rapid height adjustment then the Manfrotto 685B will serve you well.� Otherwise, you may be best served with other models. ���� As for the included tilt head, I had to return it because it would not support the torque of the load I placed on it when I tipped the camera forward.� It just repeatedly slipped.� For lighter loads I am sure it would be fine.

My 2nd One!

By Ace
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-07-19

I had one of these that I bought in 2013 but lost it. I didn't need to check out anything else before buying another one. If you want a mobile monopod that makes one-handed operation easy, then this is the one for you!

So much faster to adjust than other monopods

By Joel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-10-23

No clamps need to be loosened to adjust the height of this excellent monopod. That means no bending down to reach each leg section. Simply pull up to the desired height and it locks in place instantly and securely. That's perfect for sports and outdoor events. To lower the height, simply squeeze the double-action pistol grip. That double action totally prevents you from accidentally lowering the height. Highly recommended.

Disappointed

By lyn
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2019-07-16

I ordered the Manfrotto 685B after having borrowed a friend's. I loved how easily it set up and retracted. The one I received, however, was defective. The middle stage would not extend. That would have been fine if I was 4' 2 but I'm not! So I returned it to B&H and asked for a replacement rather than a refund. The second one I received had the same defect, plus the foot (part x) was installed backwards. I so wanted to have this monopod, but I'm done trying. For now anyway. Is Manfrotto having problems???

too big to easily walk around with

By Jeremy E
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2019-06-04

Well made, but ungainly

Overall good piece of gear.

By STEVEN
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2018-07-02

First of all, the tilt head is worthless to me. Fortunately, it was less expensive to buy the monopod with the head than without, so no biggy. My camera, long lens and occassional flash bracket & flash just weigh too much for the tilt head. But I'm already accustomed to using a monopod without a head, so (again) no biggy. I like the concept of the trigger release for the legs, though I felt clumsy with it. My previous Manfrotto monopod had the lever lock legs, which eventually started to slip their grip over time, so I hope the trigger release will hold better. The little foot thingy to help extending the monopod is a bit of a joke, if you ask me. It just gets in the way and, really, I can extend it fine with my hands. Ditto for the little ball-joint thingy that's s'posed to pivot so you can have the monopod on an angle more securely. It comes off easily, so it's just something I will probably lose soon. To some up, just the stick with the pistol grip and a 1/4-20 and 3/8" bolt on top and I'm happy with that. I subscribe to the KISS principle (Keep It Simple, Stupid).

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