Excerpt: I accidentally bought 2 of these monopods and I'm glad I made that mistake. Primarily used on 7D w/h grip + 300mm 2.8 (aprox 8lbs pay load). Other uses for high angled wide shots. I'm 6'2" and its a good hight for me. I've used it with a 400mm 2.8 versions 1 (is) + 2, 500mm 4.0 II and 600mm 4.0 II.
Excerpt: For the price and simplicity, this monopod is good. Having said that, there is nothing special about it at all. I work with a 5D Mk3 and C100 and when I took this out for run and gun job, it felt very cheap to me. Well it is, but inexpensive things don't always feel so flimsy. I also have a Manfrotto 561BDHV-1 and even though it's much pricier, it really operates better and I'm able to get a little more creative.
Excerpt: I bought this model because of the price point. It's sturdy and easy to extend. BUT, the dual 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16 camera fixing screw is awful. Because it's retractable, You have to put pressure on your camera, as you rotate the screw up into the body. I shoot video on a 5DMKII with a Pro Z-Finder 2.5X, and I've had a hard time attaching the gorilla plate to the head. It helps with rolling shutter, as long as you're stable (work on those biceps at the gym).
Excerpt: I knew I swore I'd never buy another Manfrotto product after my last monopod fell apart piece by piece, but they're still such a good value its hard to not buy them. The 679B is a no frills, standard monopod that doesn't let you down. Its very light, and the clamps lock tight. Its not going to turn anyone's head, but its a monopod; who cares?
Pros: Compact, Lightweight, Opens Quickly, Strong Construction
Excerpt: A well priced monopod that extends quickly and locks into place assuredly. However, I lost the bottom rubber stopper, fell off while getting into an elevator and went down the crack between the car and door. Getting a replacement from Bogen has proved impossible.