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Medium Format Ultralight Hiking Kit

dchew

Well-known member
dchew,
Really don't need or use the pan top of my ARCA SWISS p0, and I wonder how easy it would be to remove the pan top.
Since you disassembled your P0h at least partly, can you give me any pointers or suggestions?
Thanks,
MN
I can't help much. I disassembled the bottom parts, not the top. This was my goal:


And here is the mess I made to get there:


I have taken apart the top clamp and replaced it with an RRS clamp. But the p0h is different on top vs the P0. Taking off the top clamp of the p0h is accomplished by simply removing the center bolt. Then the top thin plate (right above the etched degree numbers) comes off and the little ball bearing that indents every 90 degrees goes flying off into space. The p0 seems different. I will send you a pm.
p0h:


p0:
 

anyone

Well-known member
Serious tinkering. I was able to reduce weight by another 750g by going for the Hyberg Attila X UL backpack. Also tested the Gitzo ball head mentioned before and it seems to be as stable as the tripod, so no need to take the heavier RRS BH 25 with the GFX50R. I'm now down to 5.5 kg excluding water, food, and fuel. The X-Boil stove I sent back - too expensive for a sheet of laser cut metal. I built my own can stove + windshield which works just fine.
 
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Serious tinkering. I was able to reduce weight by another 750g by going for the Hyberg Attila X UL backpack. Also tested the Gitzo ball head mentioned before and it seems to be as stable as the tripod, so no need to take the heavier RRS BH 25 with the GFX50R. I'm now down to 5.5 kg excluding water, food, and fuel. The X-Boil stove I sent back - too expensive for a sheet of laser cut metal. I built my own can stove + windshield which works just fine.
For summer trips I change from my 30 deg to a 50 deg sleeping quilt. That saves me 6.2 oz (175g).
 
I went down the rabbit hole here to try some of these weight saving ideas. First I purchased the Area L-75 leveling base. I have to say this is a very well made head, the mechanism is silky smooth, and I thought it would be a perfect replacement for my Cube. The size and weight were perfect. I realized right away the the 15 degree tilt was not going to be nearly enough. Even with tilting the tripod forward, the maximum tilt would be 30-45 degrees.
My next idea was to purchase the P0 base, which does allow for a 90 degree tilt.
The problem I find is that these two items are not the same diameter; the P0 is about 10mm smaller- it can still be done, but looks less stable. I probably should have considered the P0 Hybrid.
Arca Swiss recommended buying a leveling base, but this defeats the purpose- the weight gain then equals what I had with the original Cube.
 

Geoff

Well-known member
Rabbit hole membership in good order: got the L60 to be the lightweight version of the D4, which is the base of choice, but a bit big and heavy for travel. Should have listened to Rod K, and gotten the L75 for ease of use. Now neither way is quite right. Step back and wonder - like, really?
 
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