This is the monopod that has the foot that you step on to extend. See the following link to LL: Manfrotto 654b monopod
Does anyone know whether it disassembles relatively easily so it can be packed in checked luggage?
I have one of these - it doesn't disassemble at all. It won't fit in a standard carry on bag (22in) but if you remove whatever head you put on it it will JUST fit diagonally across a 26in rolling case (you'd have to check it). I'd recommend carrying it on or pad it well in a mid sized tripod bag and play russian roulette in baggage.
Saw the review, loked at it Calumet - yes, its functional as stated,but its a bit large. The trigger mechanism at the top adds some weight too. So its an easy-to-use monopod, but not the smallest or lightest, to be sure. I'd pass on it, as the size and weight are just a bit too much for me; someone else might think otherwise.
I used one for a weekend, and it works very well, as demonstrated in Michael Reichmann's video. It *is* heavy and large, and when I finally chose, I went with the more traditional 680B, which is cheaper, lighter, more compact and more robust, if less convenient. Both are great though.
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As mentioned, the monopod works as you'd expect and the setup speed, spike & fold out foot are excellent. I confess though that I navigate back to my Gitzo traveler which fits into any travel bag and is lighter.
I use it with a RRS 25 ball head and I keep the camera in a bag until needed. When the camera is not on it, I use it as a walking stick.
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