I shoot a lot of sports, looking for a tall tripod to shoot over protective fences that run along the outfield foul lines and homerun fences at some high school and college ball fields. This is where I do most of my shooting, and I've seen a few photogs using high chairs and tall tripods to accomplish this. There have been times where you'd find all the photogs shooting from a nearby hill because the protective fences were too high even for the tallest legs. Even then, after adjusting my 055XPROB legs for the slope, the tripod was too short. My two largest lenses are the Nikon 300 2.8 VRII and the 200-500 f/5.6, so not the sort of glass that would demand the largest of legs, but I've been told that the taller you go, the bigger you wanna go to keep the bottom leg segment from getting too narrow. True? Not true?
My original choice was the Benro TMA 48CXL, but was told to shy away from it mainly because it required the use of a center column to reach the heights I was looking for and wasn't as sturdy as it's younger brother, the TMA 38CL, which seemed strange. But this person had one and so I ready to doubt so quickly. Advised to save dimes and just go Gitzo or RRS and be done with buying tripods forever.
Started looking at Gitzo and RRS models and during the research, discovered the PMG and Leofoto offerings. Never heard of Leofoto, but their offering falls right into the Benro price range which is a good thing. And while the PMG TR424 67" is in the price range of the Gitzo and the RRS. So I'm praying someone with some time with the Leofoto will chime in and give their thoughts and experiences. It is my first choice since it's price is less painful than the other two, but I have no problem biting the bullet in order to do the PMG or the RRS tripods. Another quick question,... is it true that the APex of the Gitzo is cast aluminium instead of CNC? You get that idea when reading some reviews,... reason for common Gitzo complaints about warped Apexes and spirit levels that don't read leveling properly. There's a PMG video that really exploits this, but not really sure if it's really true or just marketing blabbering! Thanks for any and all feedback and advice!