I am currently shooting a Toyo VX125 (6 pounds) which sits quite high because of its semi rail configuation. I am using a Manfrotto 3401B tripod with a short ce nter post (6 pounds). I am using a Manfrotto three way 3047 head which is very t all at 7.1 inches tall and 3.3 pounds. This makes my tripod/head almost 10 pound s and the camera is very high off the top of the tripod.I am having trouble hand ling it comfortably.
I am developing early arthritis in my hands and wish to change to a carbon fiber tripod for lightness and the lowest/lightest three way head I can find that wil l still handle my camera. Thus far, looking at Manfrotto and Gitzo, the clip act ion on the Manfrotto legs appeals to me more than the twisters on the Gitzo. Can you give me some help on how to go? Here is a recap on the needs:
Carbon-fiber tripod to handle 6 pound Toyo VX125
Lowest and lightest three way head.
No need for center column.
Want the legs to splay fully out for ground level shots.
PS at a recent Sexton workshop, I noticed he had very low and light Linhof three way head which used levers. I don't seem to find this on the web and don't know if it is still available. . .