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I need to make a decision in the next day or two on a CF tripod for backpacking.
Outside of the obvious requirements (good build quality and stability), at a premium are weight and packed down size. The tripod is going to be added to what is already 40+ pounds of gear on my back, which will be carried for 30+ mies over the course of a few days, so every pound counts.
I haven't shopped for a tripod in ages, and even then bought used, so I was a bit surprised at the high prices.
So, I've been looking at two offerings by Calumet. The 8132 (max height 58", 3.1 lbs) and the 8156 (max height 72", 3.8 lbs). These tripods SEEM to be of good quality, but I have no reference due to my lack of experience with modern tripods. They clearly aren't as nice as a $600 Gitzo I also looked at, but I'm trying to keep spending down.
I have the money to spend on a higher priced tripod if it is absolutely necessary (yes, I know this is entirely subjective), but if the differences in the field aren't going to be significant, I'd be more comfortable not doing so.
My hope is someone has some experience with either of these tripods or can offer otherwise relevant advice.
Many thanks in advance.