Let face it, I hate hiking with a tripod (oh, my aching back). But if you’re out for a day of shooting waterfalls, or an amazing sunrise you’ve got little choice. Quit complaining.
Even so, wouldn’t be nice to find a sturdy lightweight tripod that is bomb proof and will allow quick adjustment of your camera from horizontal to vertical mode? Something that will comfortably hold a wide angle zoom up to a 70-200mm F 4.0.
No worries, the Real Right Stuff(RRS) has you covered. The TQC-14 carbon tripod (below left) weighs only 2.7 lbs. and fits into a carry on airline bag! PS. Suggest you choose the version without the center column if you like to shoot low to the ground(IMP) https://goo.gl/f9myDM
Add a BH-30 ball head (below center) weighing only .5 lbs. and you have a very stable workhorse at just over 3 lbs. https://goo.gl/ALG6Zf
Plus using the RRS L bracket (below right) you can quickly shift your camera 90 degrees!
Ok, can’t afford all that. Not to worry, you have some great options that won’t break the bank. They will, however, require you to buy a few components separately.
The RRS 30 ballhead is awesome and arguably worth buying for $300. The Leofoto 30 is almost as good (.1 lbs. heavier) and will put you back $115. Much more reasonable. https://goo.gl/qzZAGK
Sunwayfoto makes L brackets, custom designed to fit your mirrorless or DSLR for approx. $60
with the Leofoto 25 mini ballhead $60 https://goo.gl/w9QACL. This is perfect for mirrorless cameras or DSLRs (nothing heavier than a 70-200mm F 4.0 however)
*requires an adapter to accommodate the RRS 30 or Leofoto 30 head. Don’t let that scare you off. Takes 5 seconds to screw on. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/620896-REG/Wimberley_BS_100_BS_100_3_8_16_to_1_4_20.html