I love my Manfrotto 680B monopod + 496RC2 head combo. Does the job perfectly and is pretty much bombproof, but weighs in at a hefty 1.2kg!!!! I'm going on a several month long backpacking trip, and I'm looking to grab a lighter setup. Unfortunately I don't have the cash to drop on a nice Gitzo CF monopod, so I'm wondering if anybody out there has any suggestions on some setups I might be able to look into to shave some weight that won't cost an arm and a leg.
Anybody know what the smallest ball head i could chuck on there to hold onto a 5dmkii + 70-200/2.8 (doesn't need to hold without slipping as it won't just be hanging off there like it would be on a tripod)? Any suggestions on other monopod options?