Excerpt: This was my first monopod, but I can't imagine not being able to alter the height one handed and on the go after using this monopod. It's a little longer than some, but it isn't heavy and think the trade off of the one handed mechanism is worth it.
Excerpt: I use this monopod with a Canon 5D Mark II with a 70-200 f/2.8 IS lens. I shoot sports and theater, and I've had this monopod for several years. This lens, which weighs 3.5 pounds, has a tripod mount that will swivel, so I don't need a head on the monopod. When you rotate the lens from horizontal to vertical it drops the height of the viewfinder by several inches, so you have to either bend down to look through it or lower the monopod.
Excerpt: As a Real Estate Photographer, my Manfrotto monopod is in my hand nearly every day. This is my second in three years - I wore the first one out. Biggest challenge is replacing the "foot" if you lose it (which can happen easily when tramping shooting landscape around up-scale homes or on large acreage). It costs a fortune to replace this part.
Pros: Compact, Easy to Use, Has A Level, Level, Lightweight
Excerpt: Compared to my other Manfrotto monopod: + deploys quickly: much easier and faster than opening and closing three latches - feels slightly less substantial - the fully closed length is noticably longer Gotcha: arrives new with a thin film of grease/oil on the legs, which is annoying to get on your hands. I wiped all the oil off, and hope doing so does not affect the smoothness of telescoping over the years to come.
Excerpt: I use the NeoTec Monopod for action/ sports mostly with my 70-200 f/2.8 + 100-400mm. Because I have severe arthritis I needed a monopod that would be easy for me to use in one quick motion ( extend and contract). Having said that it's easy to contract but for the extension I use my feet to hold the monopod (with the new foot shield I purchased) at the base and use both hands for the grip to extend it. It's a bit cumbersome but I've gotten used to it.
Excerpt: I bought the 685B and, upon attempting to use it for the first time, I found that the lower extension tube would not lock in any extended position. I called Manfrotto and eventually got someone to call me back to discuss the problem. The upshot of the whole affair is that the equipment is UNREPAIRABLE for this problem. Once the "lower unit" is fully assembled it cannot be dis-assembled for repairs according to Manfrotto. This lack of repairability is a serious liability.
Excerpt: This my second purchase of this Monopod, the first one is over four years old and still works great. This second one is for my second 7D and I really enjoy the rapid opening and closing action this monopod uses. I can step on the foot "spur" thing at the bottom and bring my camera to shooting height in seconds, no latches to unlock/lock, and it locks into place until you adjust with the handle.