Photographer Jim wrote:
I use a Really Right Stuff TVC-24L. Best tripod I have ever used. I have the L version due to my 6'4" frame. It weighs in at 3.8 lbs and has a 40 load rating. The shorter versions weigh only 3.2 lbs. but have that same 40 lbs load capacity. Their Versa 3 series is bigger and heavier still and rated at 50 lbs load. Beautifully engineered, totally made in American, and an absolute joy to work with. But, it is expensive.