Hi Photo Nutters, I used that title because all my searches came up with nothing. Thus, it is invisible to me... :-( Background: After many years with a monopod I decided I need a tripod. It is going to serve me for many years and be my only one so quality, longevity and versatility is very important. Requirements: Light weight is very important so material must be CF. Maximum height without extension: 160cm. Center pole must be able to move in all directions. Leg section number: 3 is preferable. 4 is also an option. Leg lockers: The clips in my monopod are very convenient but other types are not ruled out. Company: Must be a familiar one like Gitzo, Manfrotto or alike. Main uses foreseen: Macro and super telephoto stuff. Current gear: 40D, 1D, 17-40/4, 24-105/4, 70-200/2.8, 1000/11, 580EX. Max weight on tripod: Not more than 3 Kg. Future max weight will not exceed 5 Kg. Price: Not relevant. Following the BTBACOO and YGWYPF acronyms I am going to get the best. Head: Will be decided later but it will be a good ball head from RRS, Kirk, Acratech, or Acra Swiss. Again, it should be as light as possible but without compromising quality and rigidity. Gimbel and Sidekick types are out of the question. Current search result: Zero (hence the title). Requirements #2 and #3 seem to contradict each other. The closest I got was the Gitzo GT-2530EX Explorer 6X. However, it is a 2-series (I'd rather have a 3-series) and it is only 141cm without extension. An article that taught me a lot was http://www.bythom.com/support.htm One last thing. I will be trying in the store before purchasing but I want your advice in trimming down my options. TIA. Happy shooting, Yakim.