Thanks to everyone who has responded to some of my other questions
I have one more!
I am getting my camera & gear tomorrow morning [finallly!], (specs below), but currently have a pretty basic tripod that's really not up to par with what I'd like... (Sunpack 9001 UT)
I see the Manfrotto legs (055XPROB) are about the best value for what you get (yes, quite heavy-ish - but I can live with that for now before dropping an extra $300 for Carbon Fibre..). The head is really where I'm torn.
I'll be doing a lot of macro stuff, so from what I've read, the Manfrotto 3275 / 410 Compact Geared Head might be my best bet.. but I'm wondering if anyone has used or could compare the Manfrotto 322RC2 / 327RC2 for this kind of an application (i.e. Macro). I handheld tested one of the 322/324/327RC2's (I'm not sure which it was TBH) at a store on the weekend, unfortunately not with a camera or anything attached.. but loved the feel and work of the thing! But not sure if it will 'slip' or 'slide' after locking, and which would be a better all rounder, for everyday shooting, the odd landscape, some lightning photography, and of course, macro is very important. Any suggestions?
Many many thanks in advance!