Ultra lightweight tripod recommendations

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phase4eve
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Ultra lightweight tripod recommendations
Jun 14, 2011

I'm trying to find a decent tripod that is ultralight weight, preferably under 2lbs, that can hold a minimum of 4lbs of gear (Canon 5D Mark ii and 24-70 f2.8).

I have a much sturdier and heavier Manfrotto tripod that works great, but I'm mainly looking for something very light weight to take on backpacking trips, where weight adds up very fast. I've been using my much lighter Manfrotto 785b, and it just barely get's the job done. The head on it gets really squirrely when I use any configuration other than perfectly level. It also lost a foot during one trip, and just lost a leg the other day. Poor little guy needs to be put down.

I'm not too brand loyal, as long as it is light, and can hold my camera and lens, I'll be happy. I may explode with delight if I find something still under 2lbs and strong enough to hold my 5D and my 70-200, and add on a 2x extender!!!! I know I know, I can dream.

Any recommendations on something would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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