Summary: Solid & Sturdy enough to hold a Nikon D300 with battery grip and 80-400 mm lens but by no means a replacement for a tripod. Recommend using rubber bands on retractable legs in order to prevent them from rattling in the stored position.
Pros: Compact, Lightweight, Opens Quickly, Strong Construction
Summary: It would be 5 stars if the folded legs did not rattle inside the monopod tube. I use this product in investigative video surveillance. The only negative I can say about the monopod is that it will give away your position. Several times I've been in the bush on a rural surveillance and the rattling was so bad I had to unscrew the legs and carry them separetly.
Summary: The 682B is what it is and it's great at it. It's not the lightest or most compact monopod by any means, but its heft makes it a great match for my Nikon D300. Very solid and easy to adjust and works great paired with the 234rc swivel tilt rapid release head. The extra legs? A bit of a gimmic perhaps, but very functional and may rescue you someday! I'm glad I upgraded from the 681B to get them.
Pros: Hidden legs, Looks great, Smooth operation, Strong Construction
Summary: The Bogen 682B Monopod was more than I expected for the money. It has performed very well and is definitely a well made piece of photographic equipment. It's very sturdy and I'm sure I'll be using it for many years.
Summary: I bought this monopod based on a picture I saw of it. I have a cheapy one that is unusable but his sturdy monopod is very usable even without the legs. Of course the trade off for sturdy support is the weight. Look at it this way, you can now defend yourself against a bear or large predator animal with this thing. I was surprised by how much support the legs give. Overall I recommend this for anyone who needs support but can't get a tripod in the area you need.
Pros: Good Footing, Locks In Tight, Rugged, sturdy
Summary: I use this monopod for my Nikkor 80-400mm when out shooting birds as it has plenty of stability, is quick to deploy and feels very sturdy under the lens. I purposely chose this monopod for it's detachable legs which I hoped would allow me to use it as a flash stand for my SB-800 as an off camera flash. I wouldn't put much more weight on it than the SB-800 but it works great for that and allows me to only carry a monopod and tripod with no extra flash stand.
Summary: I bought this monopod for taking pictures in places where a larger tripod would be bulky and/or not allowed. Weddings, churches, museums and other indoor venues where the lighting might not be perfect for photography. This monopod is SOLID and sturdy! Wow! I would have confidence using it to support an expensive camera and lens and flash.
Pros: Easily Adjusted, Good Footing, Locks In Tight, Rugged, Smooth Movement