Had a chance to take a close look at a couple of the Trek-Tech Walking Staffs/Tripod yesterday.
I belive I will purchased one.
Are they without problems, certainly not.
As a wallking staff, it is heaver and does not have the feel of my tree branch I found along the trail 4 years ago.
It wobbles for a few seconds after touching the camera.
Having said the above and with my experanice on my last two group trips backpacking and a hard day trip lugging my 40D and lens and my solid Carbon tripod, I found..
A) I really did not have the time OR the Energy to set up and use my equipment the way I would want to.
Try lugging a 4.5 pound tripod at high elevation and ONLY having the time and energy to use just ONCE, is NOT enjoyable!
B) All my equipment is darn heavy, I don't enjoy lugging extra weight without the pluses of being able to use my wonderful equipment.
C) When Im out on my own or with a deicated photo group, I'll happly lug my heavy equipment, but otherwise...
A) The G10 in Raw with a filter adaptor on it, will give me the fast access and use when im with a group moving fast.
B)Knowing with that little camera at Iso 80 it will come close to my 40D and in some ways, even surpass it, is important as I won't be thinking Dam IF ONLY I had MY GOOD camera with me.
C) The Trek-Tech with such a small and lightweight Camera as the G10 if im carfull and with IS should give me me better shots at slow shutter speeds than I could ever get hand held and for exposure brackting a Tripod is a must if using fore HDR images.
D) The time to set up the Trek-pod with camera and break down,will take considerly less time than setting up my full system.
E) Best of all I WILL have the energy and time to take the shots when I see them and my hiking buddys won't be giving me the evil look, wondering why it takes Dave 10 minutes to take one picture!