I am a man and not a petite man but I am "of a certain age" so I can relate to the problems of getting the camera low for certain shots. The mental picture of me trying to get off the ground, in public, with camera gear is nowhere I want to go. It's a sad state of affairs but it is what it is. I shot some shots of a specialty automobile a couple of weeks ago and bent over for many of the shots. I paid dearly for those shots. Getting old is not for sissies!Thanks for your points on this and though they are good they can't really help me. I struggle just to get to my knee's so 99% of my shots are from standing up as I can't get low. And if you have seen a Giraffe getting up from drinking water well I am far worse looking at trying to get up, so I just don't do that no more. But on the tripod for the able bodied people out there it is a to idea. So don't think I don't appreciate what you have posted here cause the point is I do.