Im on the lookout for a lightweight tripod to take for my vhf beam , the mfj or simular tripods are a tad heavy at around 4kg . The camera ones looks better but when there extended there is no pole low down to spin while sat on the ground .
I have a regular camera tripod for a spotting scope I was going to use but you are correct - most of them are bulky and heavy. You can purchase much lighterweight carbon fibre camera tripods but they are ridiculously expensive.
Instead I use my very lightweight 5m extendable pole with 3 strong guy lines made from 170 lb. fishing line non-fixed above 3 elastic bands. I lash my 4 element 2m yagi using the same line at about 2m height on the pole using a square lash knot. This keeps the whole contraption very lightweight. The only difficulty part is finding ground to put the 3 light stakes into or something to lash the support pole to…
Matt: you really don’t need the rotating collar. Three strong elastic bands around the pole at the guy line height. Guy lines with a bowline loop fit just over the 3 elastic bands. You can then rotate the pole at the bottom with your hand. PS: not my idea - I believe KX0R ??
Proximity to the antenna and power output need to be given some thought. You don’t want to cook your grey matter!!
That aside I have sometimes just picked up the tripod and antenna and plonked it back on the ground pointing towards my new direction.
Camera tripods and heads can get very expensive very fast. Light weight can equate to carbon fiber which is pricey but some heads are of a ball construction allowing rotation up, down and around. The upside to this is you potentially can transition from horizontal (ssb) to vertical (FM) polarization easily.
Tim Nair (K7MAS??) has an ingenerous system to mount his 2m Yagi atop a hiking pole and as it’s all quite compact and close to the ground easy to rotate hand.