Comments about Bogen Monopod 680 Compact Chrome:
Took it out on a photo outing, offers suprising stability versus handheld shooting and changes size easily and quickly. Even fully extended it's easy to carry with camera mounted. I do wish there was a quick-mount system, instead of just the standard screw thread. (I'm sure there's something I can buy third-party to take care of that.) Otherwise I'm very happy with it...it came under a different brand (Manfrotto) but they are actually the same company. It's compact (22" closed....fits under the flap of my camera bag), strong, lightweight and very easy to use. Love it.