I have an Induro aluminum 3-section travel tripod that I can recommend - it is sufficient for a 35mm/DSLR with a normal lens or a compact zoom, or a medium format rangefinder/TLR (I used mine with my Rolleiflex in France last year). It was about $100 new ( Induro_472_013_Alloy_8M_AT013_Tripod ). Another option to look into is the Travel Angel ( Benro_A2690TBH1_A_2690_Travel_Angel_Aluminum ). They're more expensive than my Induro, but they fold up even smaller and are just as sturdy. The Travel Angel kit includes a ball head for the price, so it really isn't THAT much more than the Induro.