What a kind gesture!!
I'm studying your images and appreciating the D800 even more.
Just said to my wife/AKA "Serpa of High Priced Camera Gear" that I must get out and test the
concept of my carrying the H4D with the 80 and she carrying the 28, HTS and Tripod.
I'm hoping to get a few more walks in with this configuration but this weekends test will tell.
Again, a big Thank You for the kindness and time you spent to share.
I think keeping your Hasselblad is a good move.
What you use to transport it and support it can make a big difference.
A few things that can help.
This tripod is really nice as far as transporting it goes.
The way it folds down to a nice flat shape and the fact that it's very light
makes it nice to transport and it sits comfortably on the side of the body.
Used with the right ball head it makes for a good travel tripod.
It's not rock solid rigid, but using the mirror up function of the Hasselblad it's just fine.
For the cameras if you get "just the right size" fanny packs that you can wear on the hips
I think you will feel the weight of the Hasselblad much less. One fanny pack for the camera and one for the
other lens and HTS.
I have one of these that I use with the d800 and 70-200. You'll need a smaller one.
They sit nicely on the small of the back and actually offer some support.
This one has a nice double strap that makes the pack sit nice and flat
and allows me to turn it around to the front for access.
They make loads of different sizes of these. I think that with the right hip packs you will
be moving around better. Just keeping hands free to move as you walk and centering any carried load
should help you significantly.
I also think that getting a high IQ compact such as the Sigma Merrill for those days when you don't feel up to carrying the Hasselblad,
rather than "losing the Hasselblad.
I also think that keeping the challenge of getting around with the Hasselblad will encourage you to "keep on trucking".