In an original blog post on Manfrotto Monopods HERE I went over the 560B and the 561B from Manfrotto. So many of you asked which fluid heads could fit these monopods so I wanted to do a quick video explaining what can be mounted. Due to the spring loaded 3/8 male threading on the universal mount that you will find on BOTH the 560B and the 561B, you can fit any fluid head or ball head. The 3/8 threading will invert into the base to reveal a 1/4 male thread. Manfrotto proves to be on your side yet again!
The Manfrotto 560B Fluid Video Monopod with Head and Quick Release is a portable solution for smooth shooting with small cameras in confined spaces. The 560B maximum height is 65.5″, its folded length is 26″, the 560B supports a load capacity of 4.4 lb. This unique monopod incorporates a fluid cartridge in the base for smooth pans and has 3 mini supports at the base for firm footing on uneven ground. This is a 4 section monopod that comes with a 1/4 screw and weighs in at 1.87 lbs.
The Manfrotto 561BHDV Fluid Video Monopod W/Head. The best of the list, but also the largest. This monopod has a maximum height of 6.56′ and a minimum height of 2.5′ and supports a load capacity up to 8.8 lbs. Included with it is a compact, lightweight fluid head. The 561BHDV is a 4-section aluminum monopod that gives you a ton of versatility. The three mini supports at the base bring added stability. The ergonomic pan-bar allows smooth panning and tilting movements. This is a true fluid head as it has internal fluid cartridges. The bigger sliding plate optimizes the position of the camera or spotting scope relative to its center of gravity. Comes with 1/4 and 3/8 screws and a bubble level. The monopod itself is 4.2 lbs.
Manfrotto 560B-1 Fluid Video Monopod
Manfrotto 561BHDV-1 Fluid Monopod w/ Head
Manfrotto 701 HDV Pro Fluid Video Mini Head comes in at 1.8 lbs. and can support up to 8.82 lbs. With this fluid head, you don’t have variable friction control on both your pan and tilt axes of movement, only the ability to lock in place. This fluid head is smaller, lighter, and cheaper than the 501HDV but doesn’t support as much weight if you’re planning to build onto your camera with lights or mics. The 701HDV is butter smooth, but if you try to overload the 701HDV, you will compromise it’s performance.
For a small fee to upgrade, you might want to invest in the peace of mind that comes with purchasing the more expensive 501HDV fluid head. Also, supporting very lightweight equipment isn’t a problem on the 501HDV since you’ll be able to adjust the friction accordingly to balance the light payload.501, 560B, 561B, 700RC2, 701, fluid head, Manfrotto, monopod