Manfrotto 685B

Manfrotto 685B is a Neotec Monopod Deluxe with Safety Lock to support camera up to 17.6 lbs (8 kg). The tripod features Safety lever that prevents accidental deployment of the locking release mechanism, Lightweight rubber foot pedal makes opening or closing a snap, Special aluminum alloy used in the aeronautical industry, include Leg-warmer for protection against the elements and a comfortable grip during transportation. The Manfrotto 685B has maximum height of 66.9″ (169.9 cm), Folded Length 29.3″ (74.4 cm), Load Capacity 17.6 lbs (8 kg), and weighs 2.4 lbs (1.1 kg).

Overall Rating: ★★★★★ | Latest Price Info

User Opinions

Manfrotto 685B User Reviews

Great for field work
“I use it with the Canon 300mm f4, with or without the 1.4X. Shipping was fine. It is amazing to be able to adjust your height while targeting wild life. Happened to me with a coyote: I was able to adjust quickly to the height of the tall grass to make the shot. I would have missed it with a normal monopod. There was one thing, though, I kept loosing the rubber foot. Very often I would use the pedal to expand the monopod, and my foot would dislodge the rubber foot… Until I inserted it the other way around (flat surface up). Then it stays put, and is fully functional.” – By photographe amateur
Rating: ★★★★★

Great for field work
“This is the best Monopod I have ever owned. The trigger release system makes it so much easier to deal with when moving in the field. I use it with my Canon 5D with the Canon 70-200 2.8L lens. Very heavy set up for field work, having the ability to change the camera height with a just a squeeze of a trigger really makes life easier. A must have.” – By Richard Streiff
Rating: ★★★★★

excellent monopod
“good, sturdy monopod. best feature is the trigger release to raise/lower the monopod. no futzing with 2 or 3 locks.I was worried that the monopod would slip down with the weight of my canon 40d and long telephoto lens–works perfectly. two jiggles: the padded hand grip moves down when the leg extends–not really a problem, but I didn’t expect it. also, watch out for a pinch if you place your hand on the tube below the handle–it got meonce and now I keep my hand were it belongs when collapsing.” – By K. Scott
Rating: ★★★★★

Professional Videographer Gear Review
“I reguarly shoot Weddings and part of the gear I was using was a Manfrotto Tripod. It got very heavy to lug around the tripod particularly for moving shoots so I decided to invest in Manfrotto monopod deluxe. What a great change. My next gig was so much easier without having to lug the heavy tripod around. The monopod has a quick release button so that setup for shots is instantaneous and easy. I would highly reccomend Manfrotto products they’re products are made in Italy with exceptional quality and engineered with quality materials. I’m very pleased with my purchase.” – By S. Frisbie
Rating: ★★★★★

Manfrotto 685B Neotec Monopod for Wedding Photography
“This monopod is very fast to set up and to make instant height adjustments. Pull up to extend, then squeeze the handle and safety lock and push down to shorten. It’s not like other monopods that require knobs to be turned for adjustment. It has a lever at the base to step on so it can be held down with the foot while pulling up with one hand to extend it. Speed is critical in wedding photography, where this comes in handy to keep my camera steady in low light situations. I get so many more useable shots with this monopod. It also has a sturdy build…” – By S. Meyer
Rating: ★★★★★

Absolutely Fantastic! Fast up and down and versatile
“I’ve been using the Manfrotto 685B monopod for 9 months now. The “must-have” feature is the ability to quickly raise or lower the height of the monopod in seconds. If you’re in a hurry, you’ve gotta have one of these! You can do that by either just lifting on the top handle (with my foot on the lever on the bottom) or by squeezing the handle to drop it down a little bit… I’ve got a Nikon D700 with the 70-200 VR lens, but the monopod really helps to stabilize the camera whether I’m sitting in the bleachers, or on the field. I’m just absolutely thrilled I am with this. “ – By Jeffrey B. Stanley
Rating: ★★★★★

None like it
“I’ve owned monopods before but I rarely used them because they were such a pain to use during an event. Now I always use one because this is so easy to use. Yes, the danged foot does come off, but there is nothing on the market yet like this, so this is the best.” – By Fragino
Rating: ★★★★★

Fantastic Monopod
“This is a great Monopod. I almost did not buy it as someone else complained it would not hold the weight of a DSLR. I have had zero problems with either my Canon 7D and 70-200 2.8 IS or my Mamiya RZ67 medium format tank of a camera (about 10 pounds). Out of the box it was a little stiff, but was much smoother after a few hours of shooting. I think my only legitimate concern is losing the rubber foot. Makes shooting quickly with a traditional monopod a joke.” – By Simply Saying
Rating: ★★★★★

A great idea for a monopod
“I am presently using it with a 40D and a 3229 swivel tilt head, but I have also attached and used a Bogen Manfrotto ball head with great success. The lenses used have ranged from a 17-50mm Tamron to my 150-500mm Sigma, plus a canon 600mm rental lens. During a recent vist to the butterfly pavilion I used my 180mm Tamron macro, REALLY fun.
The ability to manuver the camera with one hand does take a small amount of practice, but once mastered the ability to immediately move from fully extended to partialy extended and any point in between almost immediately, has been a great thing for me. While it does not take the place of a tripod, it makes for a good steady base in a tremendously varied amount of situations.”
Rating: ★★★★★

This is a must have
“I took this to North Carolina on the Blue Ridge Parkway and combined it with a head that allows a 90 degree turn and quick release that matches my tripod to make interchanges quick and easy. I got rid of the old monopod as soon as I tried this one. There is no comparison. It is steady and the adjustability is worth every cent paid!” – By cynthia
Rating: ★★★★★

Expert Reviews

Manfrotto 685B Expert Reviews

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Manfrotto 685B User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Manfrotto 685B Features & Specifications

The fastest monopod in the world! The 685B features the innovative Neotec rapid opening and closing mechanism – just pull the leg downwards to open and it automatically locks in any position, with no screws, knobs, or levers to tighten or loosen. Then to fold it back up again simply release the safety latch and pull the trigger and push the leg closed. A convenient rubber pedal attached to the bottom section allows you to open the monopod without having use your other hand. It’s ‘upside-down’ leg construction also prevents water or mud from entering the monopod and a padded leg-warmer protects your hands from hot and cold weather.

* Safety lever that prevents accidental deployment of the locking release mechanism
* Lightweight rubber foot pedal makes opening or closing a snap
* Special aluminum alloy used in the aeronautical industry
* Leg-warmer for protection against the elements and a comfortable grip during transportation

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