Manfrotto 561BHDV Video Monopod with Fluid Head (Black)

Manfrotto 561BHDV Video Monopod with Fluid Head (Black)

Manfrotto 561BHDV Video Monopod with Fluid Head (Black)

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Product Highlights

  • Fluid Head
  • Ergonomic Pan Bar
  • 4-Section Monopod
  • Bottom Stand
  • 8.8 lbs Capacity
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Manfrotto 561BHDV Overview

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The Manfrotto 561BHDV video monopod has an integrated fluid tilt head with an ergonomic pan bar. It offers a base for better stability and a sliding base plate for great counterbalance capabilities.

Fluid Head
Fluid cartridge in base provides fluid-dampened pan and tilt movements. This head comes with a long sliding plate for excellent balance capabilities.
Pan Bar
This package is equipped with a 2-position pan bar with an ergonomic handle.
Fast Set-Up
Quick-release plate and fast-action leg locks ensure rapid setup.
In the Box
Manfrotto 561BHDV Video Monopod with Fluid Head (Black)
  • Fluid Head
  • Monopod
  • Quick Release Plate
  • Ergonomic Pan Arm
  • 2-Year Warranty + Additional 3-Years after Registering Online or by Mail
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    Manfrotto 561BHDV Specs

    Maximum Height 78.7" (200.0cm)
    Folded Length 30.12" (76.5cm)
    Load Capacity 8.8 lbs (4.0kg)
    Tilt Range -60° to +90°
    Pan Range 360°
    Leg Sections 4
    Leg Lock Type Cam
    Male Thread Size 1/4-20, 3/8-16
    Weight 4.21 lbs (1.91kg)

    Manfrotto 561BHDV Reviews

    561BHDV Video Monopod with Fluid Head (Black) is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 44.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from EXPANDED CAPEABILITY I use the monopod and fluid head mostly for long telephoto photography, but also anytime I am shooting video with my EOS 7D where the use of a tripod is impractical. The fluid head is as advertised: very fluid in its motion, a great boon for video capture. This product has allowed me a much greater flexibility in my wildlife photography than when I was anchored to a tripod. I note that some reviewers are disappointed that the three feet on the monopod don't allow it to stand alone, but for myself, I can't imagine leaving several thousand dollars worth of camera gear perched on so small a platform in the first place. But that's just my take on it.
    Date published: 2010-05-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great tool for any stills & video I use this monopod /fluid head combo whether I'm shooting stills or video. The stability this monopod offers works great for those times when you're using a slow shutter speed or just need to make sure your images are crisp. When using it for video, the tripod foot with ball joint allows great latitude in movement when creating video. You can lean in with the camera and smoothly pull back from your subject with some very organic feel to the movement. I also own the Manfrotto 682B monopod with the much larger, almost fixed, tripod foot. While it may allow for no-hands usage of your camera, the lack of a ball joint just doesn't allow for the dynamic movement of the 561BHDV. I highly recommend the 561BHDV regardless of your application!
    Date published: 2010-07-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great product but a few short falls I used this mono pod in a 18 day road trip from East to West coast, from Galveston, TX. to Venice Beach, LA. I needed the stability of a tripod and the mobility of a mono pod. This product seemed to combined both so I dug deep in my wallet and took the plunge. The construction is what you expect of Manfrotto, solid and with a professional feel. The sliding plate gives you quick release and lock and the tilt was surprisingly smooth. Panning was also very smooth and a joy to use. My video camera is very light (Canon Vixia Hv30) and initially I thought that would be good, but when I switched to my old Sony Camcorder, (a pound heavier) every thing seemed to work even better. The product is rated up to 8 pounds. During the trip I shot footage from inside a moving car, roadside, in amusement parks, hotel lobbies, beaches, and a redwood forest. Two things that concern me were that the fluid head is at the bottom of the unit and if you are shooting outdoors like I was, sand and dirt my damage your unit and the little legs that help stabilize the unit tend to bend backwards too easily leaving you to hold the unit like a regular mono pod (with no legs). I re adjusted the pins that lock the legs and that help a little but don't count of the legs for serious support. For indoor and flat surfaces I think the product is great, for outdoor I would use it with a lot of caution. That was my experience during a long road trip.
    Date published: 2009-07-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome tool for shooting with HDSLRs I use this at all my shoots, both weddings and commercials. I love the flexibility and different shots possibilities that this tool allows me to do, including even fake dolly shots - it's great for movement. With that, I have to say that it requires some maintenance: You need to put few drops of oil or WD40 inside where the ball is, otherwise you will notice some friction there. The locks of the telescoping leg get loose with time so you will need to tighten the allen key once in a while. The bottom legs may snap out of their desired position, pointing up. It happens with time, mostly if you lean against the monopod like I do. What happens is that the rubber pushing the legs down to stay in position simply bends and doesn't hold the weight anymore. You can usually fix it. Again, that's only if you use it the way I do :)
    Date published: 2010-04-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must-have for DSLR videography I use this monopod with my DSLR, and a Zacuto view-finder. After using it for two shoots, I cannot imagine shooting DSLR video without one. The fluid head works very well, and the the swivel base makes panning a breeze. This monopod when used properly becomes an extension of your body, allowing for incredibly stable, controlled motion. One helpful aspect of the design (which may have been unintended) is that when you extend the tilt arm to the side, it serves as a shoulder brace (with the tilt arm resting on the shoulder). I had great success shooting in this manner, and was able to achieve extremely stable shots. In my opinion, this is a must-have for anyone shooting video with a DSLR.
    Date published: 2010-07-21
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Feet break easily I love this monopod, and I'm buying my second today, but only because the feet snapped off on my original 561B monopod. There are three feet that fold out at the base of the monopod. Unfortunately they are attached to the pod via plastic connectors. So don't do what I did: don't do funky tilting maneuvers with the monopod with your foot on the ... err... feet. Two of the three feet have been KIA at weddings. Otherwise it's a great little unit and plus it's Patrick Moreau approved.
    Date published: 2010-12-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this Monopod I use this product for shooting weddings and events. I use a range of different sized cameras, like Panasonic gs500, Sony Z7 and Sony EX1. it's especially good for its flexibility in tight spaces, I can move quickly as required without too much noise or disturbance. the feet on the bottom give good bearing, even on un-level terrain. which with a normal tripod would take time and make noise.... I haven't found anything I don't like with this monopod besides when you want a break it doesn't stand up by itself... but that's expected... after all it is a monopod.
    Date published: 2009-11-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent monopod for video. I shoot wedding videos professionally and this monopod has allowed me to scrap my tripods altogether except for during the ceremony and 1st dances. It's a little more restrictive than my shoulder support, but works great on the fly when you need steady shots. The pan on the bottom is a little awkward and takes a little getting used to, but the fliud tilt head more than makes up for it. I would definately recommend this monopod to anyone doing video who is serious about being able to move around a lot.
    Date published: 2010-11-15
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