Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb
The relatively recently introduced Giottos tripods look very attractive. My old Tiltall is developing some alignment problems, and I'm thinking about this one to replace it--

I was looking at that one too, but then I saw the weight: 2.6kg/5.7lb - nearly a kilo/2lb heavier than a similar Manfrotto/Bogen or Gitzo. The ability to mount the centre column at an angle is interesting though.

Another tripod that allows very versatile positioning of the camera is the Benbo (http://www.adorama.com/BNT.html) - does not fold down very small though. Seems to be quite popular with 35mm & MF nature shooters in the UK - have not used one myself though (for some reason the cost in the UK is nearly twice the US price...).