I've been reading the response to the "What head for 4x5?" and have received som e good advice on the side from some of you on this topic. Now I'm sure the Arca Swill and Linhoffs are wonderful heads and all but a coupl e things have me concerned:
1) They aren't that light in weight and are designed to hold 8x10 camers on up. This seems to me like overkill if one is using a field camera weighing less th at 5 lbs, kinda like buying a Mack truck for grocery shopping trips. If you're hiking or bakcpacking with the gear, the weight adds up all too quickly.
2) Also they are very expensive. For the price of some of these heads I could buy a new lense or about 350 sheets of velvia.
Isn't their a high quality, light wiehgt alternative designed for small 3x5 fiel d cameras? Someone mentioned Kack Dykinga uses such and such brand ... well, I' ve seen pictures of John Fielder with his camera and I'll be darned if that Linh off isn't sitting on what has to be a Bogen Super 3D head ( about $35), I can't imagine using this head but is stuff seems sharp. So I was wondering what else might be out there that can be recommended?