Well, I decided that the big bogen tripod that I have used for all my photo needs was too bulky/heavy for my traveling needs. As I have the pleasure of traveling for a living, I thought it foolish to not have a tripod that could follow me. Most of what I do is medium format although I also wanted the ability to put my Tachihara or Speed Graphic on a more stable platform than my shaky--I had 40 cups of airline coffee today--hands. I decided that the Feisol 3441SB looked like it would fit the bill just right. The tripod arrived today and I am very pleased with my choice. Light? This thing is a feather compared to the aluminum bogen. The legs looks tiny, especially the lowest section, but are remarkably stable. I am 6' 3" and the highest position is level with my forehead when using a 35mm. It comes with a no-frills carrying case, ball head, and a mounting plate. I opted to get some spikes for the legs and another plate(the long one--it comes with a square plate). The longer plate fits perfect between the base "bars" of the Speed. To test how stable the whole thing was I put an RB with a tele-extender and a 250mm lens (this combination resembles a howitzer)--no issues at all. In fact, the longer base plate allows one to improve the balance of the camera over the ball head by creating about 2" of travel. This worked well on the RB and with a long 35mm lens using a lens mounted tripod shoe. I am very impressed with the overall fit and fininsh of the carbon fiber as well as all the hardware. If anyone is looking for a light compact travel tripod I would not hesitate to pick one up.