Manfrotto 561BHDV-1 Fluid Video Monopod with Head
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- Fluid action for silky smooth movements.
- Built in quick release
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|Item Dimensions||55 x 8 x 8 inches|
|Item Weight||3 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||5.6 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
We all either carry way too much equipment and hate taking it out. Or we leave vital equipment and lose out on having the optimal setup. This Monopod bridges that gap very effectively.
It provides the most solid stabilization you can get without carrying a huge set of sticks and head around. It doesn't look like it from the pics, but its VERY thick, and will extend over your head.
I shot a commercial for a local barbershop two days after receiving my monopod, and it turned out great. I had other supports, stands, tripods,etc. But never took them out. Every since then I carry this strapped to whatever bag I carry that day and I'm shooting much more footage, because it's so fast and convenient.
It allows me to shoot from places that I never even considered before and can be done very quickly. Without any significant space being needed either. It doesn't scare people like my huge tripod was doing, so I have been able to get a lot of great stock footage. I think this should be essential standard equipment for anybody doing weddings or special events. Ok Ok, so does it pan smoothly?.... YES! I can do most pan moves and dolly shots I need, and can do other stuff that I wouldn't be able to do with three legs. And as stated by the Manufacturer (visually confirmed by me) ... The Fluid head is a Manfrotto 701 that has been modified to screw atop this monopod. If you are researching this monopod, I'm pretty sure you know the praise that head receives.
This easily goes into my hall of fame recommendations category. What else do you want to hear? I'm done, just buy it.
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- Great for shooting nightclub performances
- Small footprint
- Pans and tilts
- More compact than a tripod
- Self standing
- Adds stability for video
- The fluid head fits on other Manfrotto tripods. But it doesn't pan because that function is built into the base of the monopod.
- Little heavier than your typical monopod
This thing is entirely clever. From online pictures, it looks like a gimmick, like somebody at Manfrotto quickly slapped together a couple of existing products - an entry level fluid head and a monopod - then added some cheesy fold out feet. This is not the case. This thing is a completely original design, and all the parts are custom made for this specific purpose. This is obvious within a minute after you take it out of the box. Yes, it has a fluid head, but the fluid head atop this monopod does not contain any pan or pan drag controls. The only adjustment on the fluid head is tilt. This is because the entire head and monopod assembly is rigid. If you look carefully at the picture, you will see a red cartridge at the foot of the monopod. This is the fluid pan mechanism. From pictures online, I thought it was something to do with the feet, but that's not the main function.
Because the pan damping system is at the base of the monopod, the entire assembly rotates to pan as a single unit. This makes for great moves - no loosening your grip on the shaft of the monopod and no torque or backlash that would occur if a conventional pan head were located atop a regular monopod. The fold down feet can be used to step on to further stabilize the monopod, and to give a firm foundation to pans. Another bonus - the extended height is tall enough to get over the head of crowds, perfect for video, especially if your camera has a tilt out screen.Read more ›
I thought 300 bucks was steep for a monopod, but this is TOTALLY WORTH IT.
I shoot weddings on a DSLR, and ever since I bought this thing, I leave my tripod in the car.
I can literally leave this thing stand alone and it balances perfectly still, this is WHILE my camera rig has the following:
Canon 60D with the heavy 18 - 135mm kit lense (cant afford to uprgade yet), WITH a battery grip, an 8" cold shoe bar on the top that holds my wireless mic receiver, my LED video light, my Rode Videomic AND a ball head that attaches to my Zoom H4N.
Thats a LOT of weight, that isn't very easily balanced. BUt the BHDV-1 holds it AMAZINGLY.
Shifting angles is a breeze cause its a monopod, and the fluid base allows for super sweet pans and tilts too.
One of my favorite things to do with it is to pop on my 50mm 1.4, lean in to get my target in focus. Back out and then just lean forward till it comes back into focus. Kind of like doing a push and rack focus without having to actually touch my focus.
StillMotion has an AMAZING demo video on their Vimeo page on the BHDV-1.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's a bit too heavy for me to want to keep it with me all the time. But it is mostly fluid with practice. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Robert A. Wallis
I LOVE IT! It was stolen recently and it makes me want to cry. Best monopod ever!Published 22 months ago by MrsHossYo!
Love. Buy it now. You will not regret it. It's the one piece of gear I would not want to be w/out if shooting video with a DLSR. Seriously.Published 22 months ago by TTGator
I have not used other monopods and bought this one after reading Amazon reviews. I love it! I need to move frequently while shooting and after using this I can pretty much put my... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Eric Brown
There are cheaper alternatives (like benro) but this monopod+head is Solid, very smooth, goes tall, etc. Great for videoPublished 24 months ago by T. Power