I've been doing some research trying to find a small tabletop style tripod for travel. Mainly for nighttime long exposure, fireworks, and self shot family portraits (realize I'd need something to rest it on). I've looked at the gorillapod options, but am not too keen on buying the Focus model. I was thinking about the beanbag route as well, but don't think I'd get the sky angles I want. I plan on using my 17-55 and Tokina 11-16 with my 7D. So far, the options I'm considering are the following:
Manfrotto MTT2-P02 - $24.99 @ B&H
Slik Mini II - $21.95 @ Amazon
Pedco UltraPod II - $16.71 @ Amazon
I'm leaning towards the Manfrotto or Ultrapod due to size, but the Slik seems a little beefier. I'm a little leery of the ballhead on the Manfrotto as well since its so cheap. Anyone had a chance to use multiples of the above and care to chime in? Any other options I should be looking at? Want to keep this under $100 and size is key.