The National Geographic NGTM1 Tundra Monopod with QR Ball Head is a 5-section monopod that folds up to less than 19", but will reach a full working height of 61.4"; it supports up to 2.2 lb (1 kg). The included ballhead features a quick release mechanism for instant camera connection. You can also remove the ballhead for easier transportation. This makes it possible to attach the camera directly to the monopod. National Geographic has teamed up with Manfrotto to bring you the tools that top explorers and reporters trust to help them bring home the best images possible. For the traveling photographer, speed of reaction is crucial, and sturdiness and stability can not be allowed to compromise portability. These products have been designed to combine low weight and reduced size with professional performance. -Rubber pad on top section protects the hands from hot and cold elements. -Easy-to-grab knob quickly locks and unlocks the ball head. -A small profile plate to fit all compact digital cameras, allows the camera to the be quickly attached and detached from the monopod. -Large rubber feet provide stability on flat and uneven surfaces.