I needed a small tripod I could carry around in my camera bag for days when I'm not planning to shoot anything specific, but just in case the opportunity for a photo comes by where I need a tripod. So after spending a few days sniffing around here and the internet, I came across the Velbon Ultra Maxi Mini, which seemed to suit my needs. It's a tiny tripod that has extendable legs, giving it a max height of just under 50cm, and a folded height of 20cm. It uses twist lock legs, and comes with a ball head rated 1.5kg. The quick release plate, ball head, and the rest of the tripod are all made of aluminium from what I can tell, not a lot of plastic, thats a good sign It supports my 450D + 10-22 no problem, which is what I want it to do. Just for s**ts and giggles I threw a 100-400L on there (mounted by tripod collar on lens), and the ball head held up fine, though it vibrated noticably.
Here it is folded up
Legs opened up to first position
legs opened up to second position
legs opened flat, need to remove centre column to do this
removable column extended
legs fully extended, its still tiny!
legs fully extended and open
hiding in my Crumpler 6MDH, still space for 450D with 10-22 + reversed hood, 300TL flash or 55-250 + reversed hood, and 18-55 IS or gloves (my hands get cold shooting in winter in the UK).
Overall, well worth the 53 pounds I paid for it from Morrisphoto, great little tripod, don't regret buying it one bit.