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(From company literature) Manfrotto 685B Neotec Deluxe Monopod.

The 685B Neotec Monopod Deluxe replaces the 684B and includes four new features.The 685B sports a new safety lever that prevents accidental deployment of the locking release mechanism. To close the monopod, simply activate the safety lever with the small "pinkie" finger, which then allows the grip action handle to be depressed. The lever is simple to operate while still maintaining the one-handed closing operation.

To further improve the single-handed performance of the Neotec Monopod, Manfrotto has added a lightweight rubber foot pedal to make opening or closing a snap. To increase the height of the camera, simply step on the pedal and lift the monopod to the new position. For storage and transportation, the foot pedal folds away against the bottom leg section.

Manfrotto has also added a protective leg-warmer on the bottom leg section to provide protection against the elements and offer a comfortable grip during transportation. And for extra ground support and increased grip, a suction cup foot has been added.

All these features add up to Manfrotto's most advanced monopod, while maintaining the extremely powerful Neote clocking system to withhold the heaviest of camera systems making it the ideal tool for the extreme sports photographer to the advanced amateur.


• Special aluminum alloy used in the aeronautical industry.
• Combines the same leg release technology developed for the 458B Neotec Tripod and the design concept of the 3245 Automatic Monopod.
• Monopod head attachment using the dual 1/4" and 3/8" fixing screw.
• Wrist carrying strap included.


  • Finish: Black and Dark Grey
  • Material: Anodized Aircraft Aluminum
  • Leg Lock Type: Push-Pull
  • Mount: Dual 1/4" & 3/8" Screw
  • Maximum Height: 167.4 cm / 65.9 in.
  • Minimum Height: 74.4 cm / 29.3 in.
  • Maximum Load: 15 kg / 33 lbs
  • Weight: 0.8 kg / 1.76 lbs

Keywords: Manfrotto Monopod


Registered: September 2010
Posts: 23
Manfrotto 685B Neotec Deluxe review by Tord
Review Date: 4/29/2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

Pros: Instant height-adjustment
Cons: A little heavy

As it is a monopod it has no lens image quality. The rubber foot is easy to detach accidentally, so I've secured my with a line (simply drilled through the rubber foot, stuck a sturdy line through it and made a not on the bottom of the rudder foot and secured the other end around the shaft itself. Can still be detached, but only when I want!

Speedier to use than my Gitzo monopod, and just as sturdy (if heavier).

To use it you step on its retractable plastic foot, and PULL (to extend the lowest section fully, and then use the quick-release to fine-tune the length, up, or down.

Much, much speedier to use than a normal monopod. A little long collapsed, but it fits in my trunk!

Registered: November 2010
Posts: 2
Manfrotto 685B Neotec Deluxe review by roy
Review Date: 11/28/2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 6 

Pros: ergonomic
Cons: heavy

It's big, it's long even when collapsed and it's pretty heavy. If you add a head it's even heavier. However it works very well and copes with pro bodies and big lenses. Height adjustment is quick and easy. One minor fault is that the rubber foot that covers the spiked base is easily detached and is going to get lost quite quickly if the pod is used a lot (mine isn't and I'm careful). Likewise the silly cap that fits over the top mounting thread. Mine got lost immediately. Heavy enough to use as a handy weapon, particularly with a D3 mounted.

Registered: August 2007
Posts: 1
Manfrotto 685B Neotec Deluxe review by Laos
Review Date: 8/8/2007 Would you recommend the product? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

Pros: smooth and easy length adjustment
Cons: the minimum length exceeds the diagonal stretch of a standard suitcase

I expected this monopod to be the answers to my needs - However, it turns out that it is a major hazzle to take along in the suitcase - and you cannot take it along on air travel as carry-on luggage.


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