Just for grins I thought I'd post a photo of my Focal 20-08-41 aluminum tripod, which my parents gave me for Christmas in 1981, along with a Praktica Super TL3. Although I no longer use the Praktica, both are still in perfect working condition. Focal was a K-Mart house brand back in the 70s and 80s. There is actually one of these on eBay now listed for $54.99. The legs on my tripod extend to a height of about 52", and the center column, which I rarely use, brings the total height to 65". The only change to it has been the addition of a Redged ball head. This tripod is far too long and heavy to carry for hiking, so for that I have a Vanguard Nivelo. I thought I was going to have to retire the Focal recently when one of the compression levers quit working, but then I discovered the hinge pin had worked its way free on one end. Now repaired, maybe I can use this sturdy old tripod for another 30+ years. Tony PS: For a period of several years back in the 90s, this tripod did double duty as a launch platform for model rockets weighing as much as 2 pounds - so yes, it is very, very sturdy.