comoxbrit: Who's telling the truth? Benro's web site states the tripod can only extend to 51" and carry 8.8lbs.The above specs states 61" and 17lbs !!!!
The above specs are for the NEW Transfunctional Travel Tripod and I think you're looking at the Compact Travel Tripod
8.8Lbs = http://www.benrousa.com/products_catalog_MeFoto-Compact-Travel-Tripods.html
17Lbs = http://www.benrousa.com/products_catalog_MeFoto-Transfunctional-Travel-Tripods.html