Hi Arigram, sorry I can't help you there. I have a Gitzo tripod which is not light but take it with me anyway. Good excercise! It also doubles as self-defense. LOL. I do have a 'cheapy' light tripod which I never touch anymore, even if I'd love the convenience. It's just not worth it. When you're climbing that mountain with your 501c/m and Manfrotto, spare a thought for the LF shooters! As I said, I'm of no help here. Cheers, Nicole