Carbon Fibre tripod - advantages? disadvantages? Advice please...

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Carbon Fibre tripod - advantages? disadvantages? Advice please...
Jul 26, 2012

I currently have a Manfrotto 190B tripod on which I use a Velbon PH-263 ball head. My camera is an EOS 20D.

Mainly used for night and landscape photography, I'm soon going travelling through Asia and want to take a tripod with me, but to be honest this thing is really heavy.

I don't want to take a compact tripod as I need the height of what I have now (in fact would even like a little more height).

So I'm considering replacing the tripod with a carbon fibre to reduce weight, but wondering if anyone has advice on this:

a) Will the weight reduction be very noticeable given that I'll be wearing a backpack of around 15-20kg most days?

b) Will carbon fibre, being lighter in weight be a lot less stable in exposed windy areas (mountainsides etc) where I'll be shooting?

c) Any specific models anybody recommends? My budget really isn't big as I'm buying a tilt-shift lens already.

Thanks in advance for advice.

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