The Sirui's S-1204-N Carbon Fiber Tripod is a complete departure from the old days of "lugging around" a heavy metal tripod. To begin with, it only weighs 2.2 lb and yet can support up to 26.4 lb. The S-1204-N is so versatile in its adjustments that it does about anything you can think of short of bending. It has individual leg spreading capability for low angles or uneven terrain. Besides the standard center column a short center column is included which allows the tripod to squat way down. And it reverses for even lower perspectives. The icing on the cake is a removable leg that converts to a monopod. And when the shoot is over the S-1204-N won't take up much space either. It folds flat to a mere 1.6" thick.