It looks that way in the photo because I have both the dew shield fully extended, and the tripod legs fully retracted. With the situation in reverse it looks fine. Behold:
I like the socks on your berlebach tripod - did the missus insist on that to protect the floorboards ?
BTW, I have a DM6 but no tripod to put it on. I was hoping of getting my hands on a used Rob Miller Tripod, but cant find one anywhere.