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(From company literature) Manfrotto 681 / 681B Professional Monopod.

Robust three-section Monopod featuring sure rubber grip, wrist carrying strap, quick action lever leg lock system with 45 degree flip, large 2.3" camera/head platform with plastic cover and dual 1/4"-20 - 3/8" camera screw.

Replaces the 3018 / 3218 monopod.


  • Material: Silver Aluminum
  • Number of Leg Sections: 3
  • Leg Lock Type: Flip Lever
  • Mount: Dual 1/4"-20 & 3/8" Screw
  • Maximum Height: 161 cm / 63.4 in.
  • Minimum Height: 67.1 cm / 26.4 in.
  • Maximum Load: 12 kg / 26.4 lbs
  • Weight: 0.77 kg / 1.7 lbs

Also available in black (681B).

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Registered: January 2007
Posts: 10
Manfrotto 681 / 681B Professional review by six100
Review Date: 1/8/2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $60.00| Rating: 10 

Pros: Sturdy, light and compact. Carrying handle included.
Cons: None so far.

I use this monopod for sports photography mainly.

It´s height is about right as soon as you are no taller than 6".

It´s very light but sturdy, you feel like you can run over it with your car and it will still work.

About portability: comes standard with a carrying handle, that I found very usefull when moving from one place to another. It´s also a snap to open and close it since it has only 3 sections and quick releases.

I found it to be a killer combo with Manfrotto´s 322RC. Both of them very recomendable products that wont disappoint you.

Registered: December 2006
Posts: 4
Manfrotto 681 / 681B Professional review by usul3084
Review Date: 12/7/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $50.00| Rating: 10 

Pros: Super strong, easy to use, not too heavy, great value!
Cons: Some might want something that collapses shorter.

I wanted a sturdy monopod with only 3 sections for a reasonable price. The Gitzos were to expensive for me, so I went with the Manfrotto 681B. I have not been disappointed. This monopod can handle any lens you put on it, is fast and easy to use, and doesn't weight too much. The leg locks are well designed, and easy to tighten if they don't provide enough clamping force.

The only drawback I can see is that this monopod doesn't collapse to a very short length, which may be desirable if you need to put it inside a backpack or small suitcase. The price you pay for this feature is that it takes longer to set up and you are always fiddling with more leg locks. The more leg sections, the less sturdy the monopod will be.

Very Highly Recommended!

Registered: November 2006
Posts: 8
Manfrotto 681 / 681B Professional review by Zed
Review Date: 11/17/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $60.00| Rating: 10 

Pros: Very light, Very strong
Cons: Tightening tool is too flimsy

This is an amazing monopod! It supports a 400/2.8 lens like a beauty. You could swear that it was filled with helium.

This is a very sturdy monopod. It had support for 1/4 and 3/8 screws, the 3/8 retracts into 1/4 when you place a lens on top. I had purchased a cheap eBay monopod in the past to save money, to regret it later on.

Need a great monopod? Get this. It is tough to get lighter and stronger than this for the price.


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