Yesterday, I entered my usual shop to have a look at the second-hand department. Nothing exciting there, but discussing with one of the salespeople there, I noticed a small but serious-looking tripod on the ground. I did not record the exact model, but it was really short, the legs can be folded over the head for compactness (?) and it's really, really very light! When completely out, the legs, although they are the thinnest I have ever looked at, still resist pression well and there is little vibration.
The only aspect was the supplied ballhead, with a non-A-S clamp. But there is one that seems to be A-S compatible in the catalogue and of course of the S(mall) series.
Being already the proud owner of two tripods, I will not jump directly onto it. But as a companion dedicated to my compact camera, it might be worth a thought or two, especially at 33 centimeters (folded) and under a kilo including the head. And as I don't have a dedicated A-S plate or L-bracket for the little Fuji, even the non-standard plate and clamp would not be too much of a nuisance.
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Perhaps what you saw was a Gitzo GT2542T (T for Traveler) or the even lighter (but longer folded) GT1542T. The 2542 in particular is surprisingly steady for the leg size and when combined with the Markins Q3 Traveler (which is made specifically for the 2542) yields what is easily the sturdiest, most usable small tripod in that class. I have both the 2542 and the 1542 to go along with my series 3 and 5 Gitzos. I may have to acquire a series 4 tripod to complete the set:-)
Their tripods and heads are pretty good IMO. You can swap the clamp for an as compatible version that they make (in several sizes) and iirc the vitruvian line has a removable leg that doubles as a monopod