It was time for me to buy a new tripod for outdoor shooting. I decided for a Manfrotto Compact Photo Kit (MKC3-P01) - 169cm max height, less than 40cm when not in use, a (hopefully solid) ball head and very lightweight yet able to support a camera up to 1.5 kg, which should be enough for most NEX/lens-combos. Originally I wanted to go for a more solid and more expensive one, like the 294 Series - but there's not a single model which extends to more than 155cm height (I need about 157 to get the EVF comfortably to my eye) and they're all heavier and bigger in the backpack. In addition, I have a Manfrotto pocket tripod for situations I need to go low, which was pretty expensive for what it is (44€ I think), but it's solid as hell. So which Tripod do you use in which situation and why exactly this model?