Well after some searching around on here it seems like at least a few of you have a Manfrotto 190XB or equivalent. I've been shopping for a hopefully lighter tripod that isn't overly large, but it seems that I keep coming back to a 3 section. I do plan on lugging this around on the odd occasion and can't really justify the $500+ for a carbon fiber set. My current Debate is between the 055XProB and the 190XProb legs. I think I'd prefer a ball head and am pretty partial to the 486RC2 (or a 488RC2) to go with the legs. I am a very worried the 055 would be too heavy for hiking or a long walk. And a bit worried that even the 190 would be too heavy for the same thing. Can anyone share your experiences or even other recommendations? FWIW, the heaviest combo I have right now is an XTI + 70-200 F4 IS. Sometime in the next while it will most likely be a 50D instead of the XTI.