Useful for low-light shooting, on a flat floor, with lots of bystanders.
Very well made, as you would expect from Manfrotto. Longer, larger and heavier than I expected, something suitable for supporting a big heavy camera. But I'm not sure why you would mount a head and camera that big and heavy on a monopod or even in the short-legged tripod configuration.
The monopod is converted to tripod by unscrewing the bottom cap, extracting the cap with attached legs, then screwing the cap back into the monopod with the legs exposed. It screws into place with the legs in a fixed configuration. The leg angles or lengths are not adjustable, only suitable for use on level surfaces. If you use the tripod configuration in sand or dirt you will get sand in the end-cap assembly. Use on level hard surfaces is fine.
Clean the tripod feet well, before using it on carpet. The legs might have oil or grease on them when first used.
The top has a 3/8 inch adapter, outside of a 1/4inch inner attachment screw for you to add a ballhead. The first used 682B tripod I purchased I eventually destroyed by trying to wrench-off the 3/8inch screw to get at the 1/4inch inner attachment screw. After I had foolishly discarded the tripod with mangled 3/8 outer adapter, I discovered on the new replacement 682B tripod that the outer 3/8inch adapter is spring-loaded, not a screw-on adapter. If you want to attach a ballhead with 1/4inch connector, just press down and screw-on the 1/4inch ballhead and it will push-down the spring-loaded outer 3/8 adapter as you screw-on your 1/4inch ballhead.
I have now used the 682B monopod a dozen times in a room with low-light conditions (requiring slow shutter speed) and many people milling around at close-quarters (not unlike a wedding or graduation ceremony), where a regular tripod with legs at wide stance would be obstructive and a tripping hazard to bystanders. The 682B with tripod feet extended is self-supporting and works fine with cable shutter release. DON'T WALK AWAY FROM IT. STAY WITHIN ARM'S LENGTH WHILE USING IT, AND ACTUALLY HOLD ONTO IT IF YOU ARE GOING TO LOOK AWAY TO TALK TO BYSTANDERS. IF THIS TIPS OVER WITH YOUR CAMERA ABOARD...
The monopod allows very quick height adjustment when there are only moments available for the shot, instead of having to adjust up to 3 leg-lengths on a regular tripod.
Thank you for considering this honest assessment. I think I found real value in using the 682B monopod.Read full review