Gonna try an Oben Tripod... which would you pick?

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Gonna try an Oben Tripod... which would you pick?
Jun 3, 2011

Well, my $60 cheapo finally broke on me. Funny, I thought it was expensive when I bought it. Oh well. I use T2i w/ a 10-22, 17-55, and a 70-300 IS USM. (It is possible that I could upgrade to something like a 7D and 70-200 2.8, but thats not garunteed and would be years away) I take most of my pictures when traveling/hiking/backpacking, so lightweight and portability is a must! 3.5 LBS is my limit, I would prefer under 3lbs. I can't justify a $1000 Gitzo traveller.

These Obens are my current choices. Which would you pick? Any other suggestions?

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/687303-REG/Oben_CT_3500_BB_0T_CT_3500_5_Section_Carbon_Fiber.html
Pros: almost fits in your backpocket, 1 lb lighter, Cons: Short, 12 lbs vs 16

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/687304-REG/Oben_CT_3510_BB_0T_CT_3510_5_Section_Carbon_Fiber.html
Pros: Taller, 16lb vs 12, Cons: heavier

I guess that being inexperienced w/ quality tripods, I don't know if the addedstability of the taller heavier 3510 is worth the extra 0.7 lbs and 3 inches when backpacking.

Also, I don't know jack about decent heads. Do those look ok?

Thanks in advance for helping out, I know these threads are really common and pretty annoying.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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