Affordable and compact tripod?
I have used the 7439 a few times and it solid enough. You have to extend the center post unless you want to bend over, but it seems ridged enough. The 8349 is a little bit taller but I have not tried it out yet other then putting a camera on it. The 7439 folds a litter shorter and comes with a nice carry bag. The 8349 does not have a bag but comes with a strap the mounts easy. These are my first cf tripods so I have nothing to compare them to but I'm very pleased with the looks and quality so far. All the controls work smoothly and lock tight.