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p.1 #1 · Tripod / ballhead for backcountry hiking


My current tripod and ballhead are 4 and 1.5 lbs, respectively.
Carrying them on a multiple days hiking is truly painful.

My ideal system would be an integrated tripod/head system weighs ~2 lbs:
1. Capable of supporting a full frame body with a wide angle lens.
2. Doesn't need to be high, 20 inch Maximum height is enough
3. Legs are only one or two sections

Does such tripod exist on the market?

The Gitzo GT1541T weighs 2.1 lbs, if they cut two sections of the legs and make an integrated ballhead it might satisfy the above.


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Mar 11, 2013 at 09:31 PM
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p.1 #2 · Tripod / ballhead for backcountry hiking


Take a look at this:

FEISOL



Mar 11, 2013 at 09:41 PM
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p.1 #3 · Tripod / ballhead for backcountry hiking


Which ballhead weighs 3 pounds For my lightweight, low-level setup, I've got an older Gitzo G1097, with a Markins Q3 and ground level kit. Weighs almost a pound more than your request, though.

As for the GT1541T you mentioned, the extra couple of leg sections really add only a tiny bit of weight, as the CF tubing itself is amazingly light, which you'll find if you take a CF tripod apart. Maybe look for a head like the RRS BH-25 or BH-30 to save more weight on top. You can save a few more ounces by getting a "ground level kit" for the Gitzo, which eliminates the center column.

EDIT: thinking about it, I'm not sure you can get a ground level kit for one of the Gitzo "Traveler" tripods.

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Mar 11, 2013 at 10:18 PM
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p.1 #4 · Tripod / ballhead for backcountry hiking


I have a set of manfrotto carbon fiber/basalt legs-don't know the # off hand and a Joby X ball head. Nice light and compact rig. Holds my 5d2 with 24-70 f2.8 fine. Weighs probly between 2 and 3 lbs total. Cost about $200 for legs and head total.


Mar 11, 2013 at 10:25 PM
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p.1 #5 · Tripod / ballhead for backcountry hiking


Thanks all for the replies.
Just checked, the G1097/Q3 weighs less than 2.5 lbs. Amazing...
Sorry, my ballhead is actually 1.5 lbs (arca swiss B1).

dcains wrote:
Which ballhead weighs 3 pounds For my lightweight, low-level setup, I've got an older Gitzo G1097, with a Markins Q3 and ground level kit. Weighs almost a pound more than your request, though.

As for the GT1541T you mentioned, the extra couple of leg sections really add only a tiny bit of weight, as the CF tubing itself is amazingly light, which you'll find if you take a CF tripod apart. Maybe look for a head like the RRS BH-25 or BH-30 to save more weight on top. You can save a few more ounces by getting a "ground level kit"
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Mar 12, 2013 at 01:17 AM
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p.1 #6 · Tripod / ballhead for backcountry hiking


You have the Berlebach mini tripods. It comes in two versions. One is 14 inch and the other 25 inch tall. The have two leg sections and are very strong and stable. Holds a short tele lens without problems. Weight is 0,6 kg and 0,9 kg.

http://www.berlebach.de/?bereich=produkte&kategorie=43&sprache=english



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p.1 #7 · Tripod / ballhead for backcountry hiking


^^I REALLY like that option! Had no idea they even existed.

For an ultra light, ultra compact package:

http://reallyrightstuff.com/ProductDesc.aspx?code=TFA01-LR-Pkg&type=4&eq=&desc=TFA-01-Tripod-with-BH-25-LR-Ballhead&key=it

Not really sure this would work as I think you want as you'll be down in the dirt.



Mar 12, 2013 at 11:23 PM
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p.1 #8 · Tripod / ballhead for backcountry hiking


I got a Feisol 3442 for this on the basis that it was the lightest tripod i could find that i could afford. Its tall and weighs 1Kg.


Mar 13, 2013 at 06:37 AM
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p.1 #9 · Tripod / ballhead for backcountry hiking


Benro CF travel angel: http://www.benrousa.com/products_details_C0681TB00#specs
I use mine with Induro head , super light and support D800/24-70 combo
Plus it is flat when folded, great for transportation



Mar 13, 2013 at 05:35 PM
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p.1 #10 · Tripod / ballhead for backcountry hiking


Feisol 3442.



Mar 13, 2013 at 07:32 PM
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p.1 #11 · Tripod / ballhead for backcountry hiking


another happy feisol customer here, I think mines the 3401.

I have a surprisingly good small ballhead from these guys: http://www.redsnapperuk.com/camera-accessories/RSH-61_Ball_Head.html#nogo It's a rebranded something or other, not sure what. I bought it for my M9 but keep using it as it's easily capable of holding my 5D with 24-70 steady.



Mar 22, 2013 at 01:01 PM





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