I'm looking for a good lightweight tripod that is inexpensive. I know that's pretty much unheard of, but I thought I would give it a shot. My budget for this unfortunately is practically nonexistent. I used to have a Manfrotto 055XPRO that weighed 4.6lbs, which I later sold. Fantastic tripod, but lugging it up hills was not exactly fun.
I love doing long exposures, so a monopod won't cut it. My camera body weighs 29.3 oz., probably closer to 5lbs with my biggest lens so with I'd prefer a tripod with a max bearing weight >7lbs.
Any ideas? I don't mind a shorter, more cheaply made tripod because eventually (when I have the $$$) I will be replacing it with something better. It don't mind bending down to look through the view finder, I just don't want to have to kneel down every time I use it. Am I just stuck buying a 4.5lb tripod until I can afford to pay for carbon fiber? Does anyone use tabletop tripods? I have a gorillapod, but I'm not happy with it for hiking.
ETA: I'm thinking of getting a SLIK PRO 330 DX. The head is removable, so I can replace it with the ballhead I have. That should bring the weight down to about 2 lbs. Then later I can get the shorter center column option (I never extend the center column by more than an inch or two) which will further cut down the weight. Does anyone have experience with the SLIK PRO 330 DX?