During my trips when I do landscape photography, I often can't take my tripod. It's too big and too heavy. If the weight can be managed by buying a more expensive one, the size remains a problem.
There are plenty of very small tripods for sale, but they are intended for light point and shoot cameras, and will be inappropriate for a 1 Kg (25 oz.) DSLR with a lens like a 0.5 Kg (19 oz.) Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II. For example, the Cullmann mini-tripod 50004 has a carrying capacity of 0.5 Kg (19 oz.) and seems unstable enough to carry the camera with such lens.
Is there a small tripod for heavy DSLRs, taken in account that:
I understand that it will not be possible to use with with heavy and large lenses like a 1.5 Kg (55 oz.) Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II,
I have no intent to use the tripod in windy conditions,
It may be expensive,
It must be max. 30-35 cm. (12-14 in.) collapsed,
It doesn't have to be large when expanded,
Every of the three legs has to expand separately, so the tripod can be used on a non-flat surface like rocks or grass,
I don't expect this to be an excellent product which can replace a real tripod in any condition, but rather a light alternative to use when bringing the real tripod is not possible,
A monopod is not a solution.