Manfrotto 562B-1 Fluid Video Aluminum Monopod with Plate
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- Fluid action for silky smooth movements.
- Built in quick release
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I wanted to be able to take the head off my monopod and be able to use it on other gear (such as slider, whatever..). The first wedding I shot I used a basic tripod and I thought it was great but I still new it was a slight hassle being new to the industry. This monopod blows the tripod away. It is so fast and portable to move around and establish different shots. It is so quick to move to a different height, where as the tripod you have to unhinge 3 legs here its only one, big difference. The 3 claw feet at the bottom provide ample stabilization for the monopod and you are even able to leave it standing on its own if you find the center position of the ball head at the bottom (don't recommend you stepping away with your camera on it like that though).
The "Popping Issue" :
When I first got this I knew of this issue. So when I got it out of the box I played around with it and pulled hard and moved it around and I had no issue with any "popping." But....When I got to the wedding after some time it started to do the popping at some points when I would slightly pan with the monopod. Heres the fix: Grab one of those WD-40 pens and dab the ball joint at the bottom with that. It will work miracles. Don't get to liberal with the pen though. After that keep the pen your gear bag.
Another suggestion. Out of the box the monopod wasn't exactly "tightened" to my liking. I suggest tightening up those hex bolts on the ball joint a little tighter so your pans and movements when shooting aren't so erratic. <---My opinion.
The 561BHDV-1 is around $300.00. This monopod (562B-1) and the MVH500AH fluid head were $327.00. The fluid head is great!Read more ›
The plate is a rather heavy chunk of metal that slides and latches into place atop the monopod, the extension latches glide into place and hold firmly, and the fluid foot is just amazing. Everything works together as a system to help dampen small movements and vibrations so that the camera body only travels when you deliberately mean to move it. The head came with four threaded bits to hold the camera body/lens in place, 2 of each size, and they're held in place with a rubber grommet. Classy.
Know that you get what you pay for when it comes to items like monopods, tripods and heads.
First thing that I did was to take replace the Manfrotto quick release clamp with an Arca Swiss compatible fluid head. I do not like the Manfrotto quick release clamp or plate that came with it. The plate is to big for anything but a huge video camera, buy the way it comes with a Manfrotto 357 Pro quick release clamp and plate. Do a search on you-tube for sunwayfoto ddc-50lr you will see what I am talking about in regards to the Manfrotto clamp and plate.
Other then the clamp and plate this monopod is great and offers tremendous flexibility.
Highly Recommended - Excellent Quality - Excellent Versatility
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've had this monopod for 6 months now, and I never leave home without it! The fluid foot allows for butter smooth panning. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Avai D'Amico
I'd wanted this for a while and finally splurged and got one. My one wish was that you could tweak the top to be able to do portrait orientation, but otherwise this thing is great.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
It was a gift for my brother who is a photographer. He is happy with it so far.
Generally speaking, it is a great product. Highly recommended!!!
Where the monopod connects to the feet it can be a little rugged or creaky. Causes loss of stabilization. for my shot when i pan or tilt because it sends vibrations up the monopod. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Tony D.
Great monopod which can hold your cameras almost like a tripod in non-windy situations. The monopod itself is pretty big though, much bigger than most tripods out there even... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Max Lee
was Exactly what I was looking for very stable... Bit Heavy but worth the added weight. Get extra mounts for each lens and body makes changing easyPublished 13 months ago by Tom Sparks