I currently spend about 1/2 the year living out of a suitcase for work, and then when I travel I'm either backpacking, riding around on my motorcycle, or city traveling w/ just a carry-on bag. I'm looking for a good, sturdy tripod that is compact enough that I'll actually be willing to take it with me... Price really isn't an issue. It must be able to fit on the side of a 45L Backpack, a 30L Carry-on, or on the bottom of a Satchel without sticking out too far. I currently own a Gorillapod Hybrid which I find pretty nice for alot of shots, but very annoying when you can't find something of the right hight. And it's not quite as steady as I'd like for long exposure shots. I also own a Dolica that pretty much stays at home or in the car, b/c it's too large for me to carry 95% of the time. So far the best on the market seems to be the RRS TQC-14 with the BH-30 ball head. It's a bit long at 19.5 inches (17.5 w/o ball head) but has a reputation of being the best, with even the column and last leg sections being very useable. Alot of people really like the Gitzo GT1542T yet I've read people also say that the center column isn't usable, and the last leg sections are a bit un-sturdy. 16.75in w/o ball head. There's also alot of more affordable copies from various brands. People are also talking alot about the 3 Legged Thing Brian and the Sirui T-025 being more than enough for a m43 system, but I have to wonder at the usability and stability of the center column with all the moving parts... though they do fold up small. Any thoughts or suggestions? As I said earlier, I have no problems spending the money on a quality tripod and head, as long as it's compact enough that I'm willing to carry it around, tall enough for a 6' person, and also sturdy enough to do everything I'd want a tripod to do for a m43s system.