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A fine compromise all-purpose solution
on 16 December 2010
As soon as the the Manfrotto 682B is taken out from the shipping packaging, it immediately gives off a sensation of solidity and reliability.
The locks appear to be sturdy enough to take some abuse, but I would have prefered metal ones, as they appear to be the parts that will fail first.
The grip is made of a rather thin layer of foamy material, good enough to provide some insulation from the metal body, which is appreciable in cold days.
It is quite light (when compared to many tripods) but it could surely use a shoulder strap, which would also allow the user to be hands free.
The retractable metal legs provide some appreciable stability, but they can't obviously offer as much as a tripod. Indeed, I wouldn't trust the 682B in
windy or crowded conditions in which a wind gust or a slightly more decided bump are likely to topple the camera.
It took about 10 seconds to complete the opening and locking procedure. Taking out the retractable legs and screwing them back in open position takes 10-20 seconds more.
I'm using it with a Canon T2i/550D with the standard kit lens, which makes for a rather small load on the monopod. Once installed, the camera appears to remain reasonably stable, possibily stable enough to take some long lenght exposures.
All things considered, the 682B appears to be a very reliable, sturdy monopod, with the added bonus of rectactable legs that are very handy in many situations.