Excerpt: if you're looking for a strong, efficient monopod to use outdoors then look no further than the 681B Heavy Duty Pro Monopod by Manfrotto. it's truly a gem. the ease for which you can add/ remove your gear from the head platform is a true blessing. the monopod's height is adjustable to a small statured person or is accomadating to someone who is 6ft. it can hold up to 26.46 pounds which is great for those who need to use a camera of heavier weight.
Excerpt: I use this Manfrotto 681B Heavy Duty Pro Monopod to shoot high school and college sports, and for weddings as it gets very tiresome after 6 or 8 hours lugging my camera around. I have used a competitors product for many years and thought it was heavy duty. NOT! I own a Manfrotto tripod and was hoping I would get the same quality and durability as my tripod. I was wrong! This is WAY better. It's heavy and very sturdy.
Excerpt: I spend most of my photo time in the field (mountains & plains). I was looking for ruggedness along with good locking control on the monopod. I found it with this product. Fits easily onto my pack (not too heavy)when getting to the area where I want shoot . My ball head and quick releases integrate well. The monopod handles my biggest lens easly.
Excerpt: I am a sports shooter so I use this with my Sigma 120-300mm lens and sometimes with an extender and the Manfrotto 681B Monopod is a secure way to mount this rig. Easy to operate and plenty tall for me at 5'10". My only concern is I like to shoot from low to the action and even fully collapsed it is a little too tall.
Excerpt: I've just started using this, but it is really made well and is very sturdy. I am using it with a 500mm for birding, so I do need to put a head on it, because you can't tilt up without that. But it's easy to carry and quality is great.
Excerpt: This is the heavy duty monopod, but it is not overly heavy to carry. Easy to extend with only two quick releases. I thought that the screw on top was too big to go into my camera, but then realized that you just push on the bottom of the camera and the smaller screw extends. Very clever design.
Excerpt: This is a really solid monopod. I use for documentary style video production and it keeps steady shots (with some pleasing motion to them) even on long lenses. Works with the 500 series head I already have for Manfrotto tripod. They sell another version with baby feet at the bottom that would probably be a little sturdier still.
Excerpt: I screwed up and should have bought the one with retractable legs. That being said, this is a great, standard monopod. I use mine for a DSLR, so can't really comment if it's more difficult with a heftier camera. Good for my needs.
Excerpt: I first used this monopod in High School back in 2002 for sports photography. It's built to last and can hold a tremendous amount of weight. I just bought this one for myself. These days, I only use it with a DSLR and standard kit lens. I've tried out smaller, more compact monopods, and I just don't trust the build quality. One of them fell apart in my hands, literally, with sections falling off the end.