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Reducing the load: What do you think?

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    Posted: 11 September 2017 at 01:13
I'm looking at some more difficult hikes to get to local waterfalls. This has me pondering the weight equation.

Currently I'm using an Induro CT314 Carbon fibre tripod. That's light, but then when I add a geared head, the weight soars. A lot of the other gear can be lightened. I now use an a7R rather than an a900 with grip. The 17-35mm f3.5 G isn't a bad weight.

So its the head that's the issue. It's perfect for long exposures. The frame can be lined up well, and it doesn't budge. But it's heavy.

So I'm pondering using two other bits of gear as a replacement. A leveling base (FLM LB-15)- which is one its way from B&H Photo (got it for panoramic shots). And a Benro monopod tilt-head. So perhaps attach the levelling base to the tripod, then the tilt-head. That should cover both the landscape and portrait orientations. And not being a ballhead or 3-way, the tilt head could well be a very stable platform. Overall a much lower profile and weight.
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I have little trouble figuring out how the final system would work, but after searching for that leveling head model and looking at its features I have started to wonder that if the tilt head is just to allow switching orientations, if another easier and possibly lighter solution for this task could be a L-bracket?

Out of curiosity, what model is that heavy geared head you don't like to carry around?
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I love my geared head for landscapes, but also didn't like the weight to carry around. Then I tried removing it from the legs and putting it my backpack. Now the weight gets evenly distributed across my shoulders and waist. Problem solved!
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