I got some great advice in my other Gitzo thread
yesterday and am now looking at a GT3541LS (the only working one available used locally) instead of my original choice.
I'm wondering if perhaps other Gitzo options exist that are in between my current 3.2 lbs tripod and the 5.3 lbs I'm looking at with the 3541LS. And that would be similar sturdiness wise.
I'm worried because the 3541LS is going to be quite a bit heavier than my current setup (see below). Going up from 3 pounds to 4 seems doable, but going from 3 pounds to 5 might make me leave the tripod at home more than I should (already guilty of that).
I've read the great tripod 101 article by Thom
that came recommended on another thread. Thom has a lighter setup he suggests (see below) but it's going to be much harder and expensive for me to source. Are there other comparable Gitzo options to keep the whole setup around 4 pounds?
* 3.2 lbs including head - my current Manfrotto
MK394PQ ; rated for 7.7 lbs and definitely flimsier than the options below
* 4.1 lbs including head - Thom's lightweight idea
is Gitzo GT2540 or GT2541 + Acratech Ultimate head ; rated for 26 lbs
* 5.3 lbs including head - Gitzo GT3541LS + Arca Swiss Z1 dp head ; rated for 40 lbs (this is what I'm looking at buying but the 5+ lbs scares me)
FYI I'll be putting a Nikon D750 or Hasselblad 500C with normal/wide primes on this. I'm walking/hiking and cycling a lot with the gear and weight matters since it's not like it's just hauling it in a car. I don't have the best back either. I'll potentially be adding a Pentax 6x7 into the mix; or a Sigma Art 50mm lens for the Nikon - either of these would increase the weight somewhat.
Thanks in advance for any advice!