Hey you guys I am playing around with a Sirui t1005x and a G10 ball head from them. The tripod is Aluminum and weighs 2.4 lbs and I can glass standing up with the thing. It is a 5 section tripod and folds down to 13 inches or so. The ball head is the smoothest I have used and supports 40lbs. So it is really smooth and has a panning base on it with a tension knob that holds the spotter still at any angle. I will post pics in a bit but this tripod looks to be a nice one. The tripod is also rated for 22lbs.