Originally Posted by etudiant
The weight differential would be small for the whole setup. After including head and optics, the weight is likely to be close to 10 pounds in either case.
I use 4 section tripods only because they fold down small enough for travel, but they are just marginal as a platform. Fewer sections whenever possible is better though, at least imho.
I look at the extra lb somewhat differently. From a backpackers perspective. At the end of a long days birding that 1lb will feel like 10!
If I can have the same stability with 1lb less weight Iíll take it. If the price of that lb saving isnít too high of course. Money always being another factor 😊