Just a thank you to all the positive members who have been offering advice. I've been lurking threads on tripod legs+head combos for a few weeks now and just got the 055XPROB legs and 498RC2 head. Thankfully I ignored all of the "hurrr... there are other threads talking about this" members who relentlessly belittle us newbies as I lurked numerous threads talking about equipment.
So to all who are relentlessly helpful - thank you! You've made a POTN member happy.