Looking to use it mainly with 5D Mark III + 16-35 F4L IS
It seems people love the Manfrotto Pixi Mini and say it can comfortably hold beyond the 2.2lbs rated max.
There are TONS of others, it seems... including rebrands/copies. The Ultrapod II also came up in a bunch of my searches. Then there are things like the Slik mini...
Most of the stuff I've also found has been from pre-2014. In 2015 and into 2016, is there any frontrunners currently regarded as great options for portable/tabletop tripod stuff?
Really just looking for a tripod I can throw in my bag and basically ALWAYS have with me. For use with things like ledges, on the ground, etc.
Things like Gorillapod seem to offer nice versatility, but I hear more negative than positive about them