Giottos' VGR9254-S2C Aluminum Tripod/Monopod W/QR Ballhead boldly goes forth exploring a new frontier that any photographer will cheer--designing a solid professional tripod that folds down to a manageable size. This aluminum support will extend to 5.04' (1.53 m), but its minimum working height is little more than a foot--16.3" (41.4 cm), and it folds down to 16.5" (41.9 cm). Although it weighs just 3.3 lbs (1.49 kg), it can support up to 8.8 lbs (4 kg). The included quick-release ballhead has bubble levels and is Arca-compatible.
Plus, one leg of the tripod combined with the center column converts to a monopod that extends to 5.24' (1.6 m) and collapses to 31.4" (79.75 cm). The 4 tripod leg sections use a quick twist-lock design, and the tripod accepts optional accessory spiked feet for use on rough terrain.