Hello, in the near future (that is, when I save up enough liquidity), I'll be exchanging my Manfrotto / Bogen 055 / 3021 and 486 ball head for a lighter tripod, now that my largest and heaviest camera is the Mamiya 6. The question is: how light a tripod can I get without sacrificing stability?
I certainly needed the monster that was the 055 for my Mamiya TLR, but now that I've got an outfit that only has a mass of 1.33kg at most (850g body + 480g 150mm lens), I am considering getting a tripod that I can take around with me when I travel.
The two candidates for legs would be the Manfrotto 190MF4 Magnesium Fibre tripod, rated for a maximum of 4kg and the Slik Pro 614 CF, rated for a maximum of 5kg. I chose them because they are the smallest and lightest tripod legs available, and this factor is quite essential for me.
As for the head, I intend to get a pan/tilt head like the Manfrotto 115 3D Junior head, rated for a maximum of 5kg. The Manfrotto 460MG Magnesium head is lighter, but only by 170g, and it has a maximum capacity of only 3kg. Also, it probably costs four times as much.
I know that these ratings are always optimistic, but even a rating of 4kg is more than twice the mass of my camera and lens. The Mamiya 6 150mm lens is also not very long, and I doubt that it would offset the centre of gravity too much. Will it be safe for me to use it with a light tripod?
Thank you for the advice.
Slik Pro 614 CF
Manfrotto 115 3D Junior head