Well, this topic again. Some of you know that I have a Bogen 3001 and a Kirk BH-3 ballhead for canoeing, kayaking, hiking, and a Gitzo 1340(?) with a BH-1 ballhead. These two tripods cover me pretty well.
I've modified my 3001/BH-3 combo to get it down to about 4.5 pounds, (I wouldn't mind the weight, but it doesn't fit in the pack I need it to fit in) but this is slightly too heavy and large for a trip I'm heading out on in Sept, which will be a light and fast canoeing trip 250 miles across the Voyagers Highway in the BWCA. Then it will be a 8 mile carry down the Grand Portage and 30 paddle on lake Superior. I'm trying to do this solo in under 10 days, so I'm reducing weight as much as possible.
I'd like to find a tripod and ballhead combo that is under 2.5 pounds. It doesn't have to be full height. The lens/camera combos will be a Nikon D70, a 12-24 DX, a 24-85 AFS, or a 70-300 ED 4-5.6.
And get this, I don't want to pay a ton for this.
I got out my B&H sourcebook and looked for a tripod/head combo and found:
Slik Sprint Pro at 1.9 pounds, the Slik Pro 330DX (change head, smaller center pole or none, and weight should be at 3 pounds,)
Does anyone have experience with these or can anyone recommend something else?