I have used an Arca-Swiss 45FC Field for many years and found that it's too bulky especially when hiking though I love its smoothness and rigidity very much. Now I have a plan to buy another field camera that can be fit in a small backpack like Lowepro Mini Trekker AW. After a long searching and reading the archives, I narrow down my choice to Ebony 45S, Canham DLC45 and Walker Titan SF. Would you please share your comments? Please keep in mind that my priority are below in order;
1. For a man who get used to the smoothness/rigidity of Arca-Swiss, the camera should not be far behind it in this aspect. I don't know which one comes closest to my Arca.
2. Compactness is my second important factor. I think all three cameras are comparable in this aspect.
3. The camera must be usable with 75-300mm lenses at least. The longer lens are preferable that I think the DLC wins.
4. Durability. Since I live in Thailand that is very hot and humid, this is also an important factor that makes me sway from Ebony.
If you were in this situation, which camera would you buy? Keep in mind that I still use my Arca-Swiss and looking for another camera for hiking. Are there other cameras I overlooked? Maybe a Toyo 45AII.
Any comments would be appreciated.