DIY Your Own Video Monopod – Modified Monopods with Fluid Tripod Foot for Video

Here's a quick image of three different video monopods with a fluid base. Only one is actually sold through retail stores, while the smaller two are monopods i've modified with an aftermarket fluid base folding tripod foot (found here) Cheesycam-Monopod-Tripod-Foot-Base1.

DIY Modified Cheesycam Video Monopods Fluid Foot Base Tripod Monopod Feet

The largest is the Manfrotto 561BHDV Video Monopod (now replaced with new MVM500A). The middle option is a 4 section Manfrotto MM294A4 Aluminum monopod which offers a nice combination of light weight and stability. The smallest is my 5 section carbon fiber Rokinon monopod when I want to go extra light. If you're looking to add stability to one of your favorite monopods with one of these tripod foots, it will only run you about $20 dollars and a bit of ingenuity.

Guaranteed this aftermarket monopod fluid base tripod foot won't fit perfectly with whatever monopod your trying to add this to, but i've added epoxy putty (found here) to make it work. It's basically putty that you'll stuff into the foot, shove your monopod in, and the putty hardens like steel. Just make sure your monopod stays straight as it dries, you won't get a second chance.

So if you've watched the video included in this article, there are two versions of this Fluid Base Monopod Tripod Foot. One is just a simple ball socket fluid base, the other (for $2 dollars more) offers a lock that will hold the monopod in a vertical position. For the non-locking version you can find it via eBay (here)

Cheesycam Monopod Tripod Foot BaseDIY Video Monopod Feet Tripod Manfrotto styleVideo Monopod Fluid Tripod Foot Fluid Base Tripod
find-price-button Fluid Base Tripod Monopod Foot - No Solid Lock

For the version that includes the locking screw, you can also find that via eBay (here).

cheesycam diy video monopod fluid base monopod tripod foot with lock
find-price-button Fluid Base Tripod Monopod Foot - No Solid Lock


68 thoughts on “DIY Your Own Video Monopod – Modified Monopods with Fluid Tripod Foot for Video

  1. Carlos Martinez

    I bought the folding legs, apparently made by Andoer.

    My idea is to adapt them to use them with my Manfrotto 682B. That model has folding legs, but they are a pain to install and uninstall.

    What you need is fabricate an aluminum piece on a lathe, with an external threads on one side, screwed to the monopod, and a cilindrical piece that will fit inside the red cup of the folding legs.

    Inside there's a screw, which I'm trying to get the specs of, where you can fix the other side of the aluminum piece.

    And presto! You have secured folding legs. Now you can move the monopod around its base, or fix it in vertical position.

    Stability is not as good as with the original legs, but it's more practical.

    Does anyhone know the specs of that internal screw?

  2. Robert

    Got myself two of these. They were very good for a couple of times, but after two or three weddings the feet are no longer like they were before. The three feet now rest at the same level as the center, and whenever I tilt the monopod in a direction the feet easily fold up without resistance. It now seems to me that the main difference between these Chinese monopod feet and the manfrotto ones is the system that "stops" the feet from folding up.I have never tried the manfrotto monopod with feet, but judging by the pictures of them and looking at the Chinese that I got, the difference is noticeable. Sadly, a disappointment. Wish there was a way to fix it as I don't want to have to sacrifice both monopods because this issue.

  3. Daniel

    Has anyone found monopods where the foot can easily unscrew to attach easily to these feet? I don't want to have to cut my foot off and do all that extra work if I can just buy one that can unscrew....

    Anyone have luck?

  4. Emm

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    @Amy - Sounds like you could go with a bigger monopod with a larger head, but it's all technique and practice.

  5. Amy

    I'm new to using monopods but bought one of these feet for a recently purchased second hand manfrotto 680b which has a manfrotto 128RC fluid head... I'm using a canon DSLR with this to film weddings, do you think it's an ok combination of gear?? Seems a bit unstable so maybe too top heavy? Thanks!

  6. Gene G

    I'm looking to adapt these legs to my Manfrotto 681B Monopod.

    The bottom section tube diameter is 25mm or 15/16's. The demo monopods used in the video and pictures all have a much smaller diameter that fit in the black insert.

    My thought is the black insert if removed may allow for the 25mm tube but I can't find the size of the red cup without insert of if the black insert can be removed.

  7. Dennis

    Thanks for the reply. I had a pretty thin and light Cullman monopod and I noticed that it was prone to flexing when almost fully extended. Sometimes I would get a wobble or bump it by accident and ruin a shot. Now I'm planning to upgrade so I was wondering if it was more important to get a monopod with a thicker diameter, or if the materials are more important. For example, between 2 monopods that have the same diameter, if one is carbon fiber and the other is aluminum, which would be more prone to flexing?

  8. Emm

    Post author

    @Dennis - It may not necessarily be attributed to the weight, unless you are trying to use the monopod as a video stabilizer and walking with it. If you have it planted to the ground, a thin monopod may have more flex than a larger diameter one. I tend to like tools that make it easy for me to travel and run around, so I prefer lightweight and compact even though it may not be 'as stable'.

  9. Dennis

    Thanks for sharing this post. Does the thickness of the monopod provide better stability when shooting? Or is it the weight of the monopod that makes it more stable?

  10. Benton Collins

    So you can lock the ball socket down and still pan with the independent fluid cartridge? Thanks for your reply!

  11. pat joe

    Can someone post a link to the epoxy putty on amazon? I see a bunch of different epoxy putty listings. How many ounces do I need? Thanks.

  12. Emm

    Post author

    @Pudge - I think the monopod will sit in the foot the same way as my Manfrotto Monopod.

  13. Pudge

    Hi Emm, Do you think the Manfrotto 680 monopod would fit into this foot? It looks thicker than the 294 and would certainly take a heavier load on top which is why I would consider it over the smaller monopod in video work. Looks closer to the official 561 design by Manfrotto but with the advantage of locking off the pivot at the ball joint and being much cheaper!

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