While I appreciate this innovative approach, in this age of ever-so-slightly too slim weight limits on airline luggage, my first priority isn't how to condense more gear into less space. That said, I often find myself carrying my camera case in one hand and my naked tripod in the other. When closed, those gaps between the tops of the legs and the center column, foam padding sections included, provide the perfect grip and balance for somewhat comfortable treks...whether to Central Park or into Central Asia.
This photo appears to be slightly front-focused somewhere around the subject's jacket pocket and sleeve.
Anybody willing to have their portrait used for lens tests in unlimited worldwide distribution, for the benefit of all, at no charge, is definitely cool.
Thank you, Ashley Pomeroy, for your VERY helpful review! I just came across it, searching for intelligent information on 24mm options to apply to a new Fuji X-E1. Your thoughts and samples perfectly answered my questions.