So... the competition has travel tripods that are better built, lighter, with greater load capacity, shorter when folded, and they cost half the money. Manfrotto is not the company it used to be... And it pains me to say that, because I'm Italian and Manfrotto is Italian... Their low-end products are crap, their high end products are way overpriced... Pity. It was different 10 years ago.
So far we've had:18-5518-55 with vr18-55 collapsible edition18-7016-8518-105 18-13518-14018-200 first edition18-200 second edition18-300 first edition
And now nikon gives us the new 18-300! Wow! Lighter! Slower! How can we have lived until today without yet another slow 18-whatever zoom?
Thanks... I'll keep using my D600 and my Zeiss ZF.2 lenses for photography...