I have a Gitzo 2711 carbon fiber several years old, folds to 22in plus the ball head another 4in, together weigh 5lbs and easily supports 17 lbs. I have traveled all over including very long walks. The legs have three sections and the column is 12in. Supports a Hasselblad with a 250mm lens with no trouble. I don't know the current model# and they are not cheap but I found it to be a good investment. At the time I bought it they threw in a padded case that went for approx.$100.