I know a lot of people here rave about the Feisol and they are probably very good tripods. But I bought a Flashpoint, which is the house brand for Adorama: http://www.adorama.com/FPTPF1128.html. I bought the 1228 which holds 17 pounds for my 4x5 Tachi and it works great. The 1128 is the smaller version which may fit what you need. For $159, I doubt you can find a better deal. It is a 4 section, not 3 section you want. And it does have a center column, but the column is a two piece column so you can unscrew the bottom half and only have a 6 inch column. In the year I've had mine, I have not had a single problem, having using it with my 4x5 and a Nikon F3 with a 24-50 and a heavy Vivitar Series 1 35-85 f2.8.

You may want to check out Adorama's little ball heads that go with these tripods, small and light weight and amazingly stable enough.

BTW, I take this tripod with me when shooting at 10,000 ft and it's really nice to have a 3.5 pound tripod.