Manfrotto has right this moment introduced their new Manfrotto Element MII Fluid Video Monopod. They are saying it’s the lightest video monopod available on the market, coming in at a mere 1kg (or 670g for the headless model), and contains three ft on the backside to assist it stand when that you must as has the choice of a built-in fluid drag head for clean tilting and panning.
It’s accessible in two completely different choices. First is the whole kit with the built-in fluid head however you too can purchase the monopod sans head with a 3/8-16″ thread on prime permitting you to connect your tilt (or different) head of alternative.
The headless Manfrotto Factor MII Video Monopod is available in at $89.99 and it’s primarily the identical 4-section monopod as the usual Manfrotto Factor MII Monopod for photographers, besides that it has these three ft on the underside, permitting you to face it up when not in use (at your individual threat) or to supply a little bit extra help while you need it to remain upright.
The folded size of the Factor MII Video is a little bit longer than the usual Factor MII coming in at 50.5cm as a substitute of 42.9cm and the utmost peak isn’t fairly as tall, being 128cm as a substitute of 159cm. Relying on what head you’re utilizing, although, that may elevate it up some extra. The headless monopod weighs 670g and handles hundreds as much as 16kg. Hypothetically, anyway. You must subtract the burden of your head from this and that is additionally max load, not secure load.
The Manfrotto Factor MII Video Monopod with Reside Fluid Head (to present it its full title) includes a non-removable built-in fluid video head. This one packs away a little bit bigger at 60.5cm but additionally extends a little bit taller, too, coming as much as 137.7cm. This one affords a load capability of as much as 4kg, and this seems to be the secure load restrict so it ought to deal with just about any rig you’d think about using with a monopod of this dimension and stature.
Being so light-weight, it’s designed as a journey monopod, so that you’re not going to be placing enormous RED and ARRI rigs on this factor. However a mirrorless in a cage with a discipline monitor for run and gun stuff? Positive, why not? This seems prefer it could possibly be ideally suited to that type of factor. Personally, although, I is likely to be inclined to get the headless model together with the Befree Live Fluid Head and the 234RC tilt head, then you definitely use whichever your wants (and time constraints) are on the time. The 234RC tilt head is especially helpful in case you’re switching rather a lot between video on the monopod and handheld stills.
The Manfrotto Factor MII Video Monopod is accessible to pre-order now for $169.99 with the built-in fluid video head or $89.99 as a headless monopod with a 3/8-16″ socket. They’re anticipated to start out transport within the coming weeks.