I do mostly architectural shooting, and I feel like I'm finding the limits with my tripod, and I think it might be a reason to update it. I've got a Manfroot setup - 728B Legs, and a 3 axis head, not sure which type. I bought already set up with both.
So I'm looking for more versatility, , mostly for interiors. I am still shooting with a crop body (50D and a Tamron 10-24 lens), so I need go as far back into the corners as I can to capture the most area. I do not know what the feature is, but I'd like the option to rotate the center column to where I can shift it away from the center axis and swivel it around, say into a corner, and remote operate the camera. I think with this options you can put your shooting head on either end and be able to go low.
A few other considerations:
I now have a x/y/z kindof a head, and I am willing to keep an open mind to changing to either a ball head or pistol grip. I've found my head to limiting if the tripod was off level.
Spirit level - it would nice to have a level on the tripod somewhere, either in the head (preferred) or in the tripod legs.
I find myself more and more finding that extra height would help me shooting. Mine now extends up about 6' max, maybe a little less. I would like to clear that by a bit, where it's by 4 section legs or not. Compact, or not cumbersome at least, would be convenient. It's a tradeoff I'm willing to make. The higher the better, even if I have to carry two center columns.
Everything Carbon fiber is awesome. Nothing wrong with aluminum. I'll consider both.
I'd like lenses with more options, say 3. I wouldn't mind laying the legs nearly on the ground to go low with a shot.
Legs vs Legs with Heads-
Is it better to just buy them separately?
I don't mind paying for a quality tripod, which I consider to be $500 + / -. I'm getting paid to shoot buildings, so I want to have proper equipment I won't grow out of.
I've considered the Manfrotto 055XPRO legs, or a setup like this:
I'm sure this is covered in the FAQ, but I had a really hard time finding it. I have pretty specific needs and there are a zillion combos out there, I don't know where to start.
Maybe these legs:
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Or the Flashpoint setup in this article: