Excerpt: I would highly recommend this monopod along with the optional 234RC swivel head. This is a sturdy, professional quality item and is great in those situations where a tripod is not feasible. The monopod is especially nice with my long telephoto lenses. The greater the zoom, the shakier the camera. This unit is also strong enough to double as a walking stick when you are on a photography hike. I just wish it came with a carrying case.
Excerpt: I purchased the Manfrotto Compact Monopod 680B to supplement my 685B Neotech basically for two reasons. First, I wanted something that allowed me to go lower and also something that was shorter so that it could be attached to my camera bag and be less awkward once attached than the 29+ inch 685B. I will continue to use the 685B for events, but I do prefer the 680B for Outdoors, some Macro work (like flowers) and for its ability to allow me to go lower.
Excerpt: I love this pod. My friend got it for me for my birthday some years ago and it's been a staple for me for anything sports. I shoot a lot of baseball and this has been great to hold my D2h and D2Xs cameras with my 80-200 f2.8 af-d lens and 70-200 vr. Also has been great with a giant 300 2.8 lens. It feels great, not too heavy. I love the soft grip. The head that I got is also great so I can plant the pod to the ground and tilt up and down with the head smoothly.