maass wrote in post #15877991
Thanks Guys for the suggestions.
I can spend up to 800$ on the Tripod Kit.
I'm assuming this includes a tripod head.
The head is just as important as the legs, so you should split it approximately half-half (well, a bit more for the legs, 60:40 ish), which makes it ~$500 for the legs, $300 for the head.
If you're at all open to brands other than Gitzo, I recommend the following to consider (not saying don't get Gitzo, just give you more options).
-RRS (but I think this is out of budget)
All 3 make good travel tripods. Feisol is pricier than the other two, but their travel tripods benefit from machined aluminium parts as opposed to cast metal found on virtually every other brand. Interestingly, only RRS also use machined parts. Machined parts are much tougher than cast parts. I have not tried an Induro tripod before, I have tried lots of Benro tripods. I find Feisol to be slightly better quality than Benro, not just because of the machined parts, but also in terms of operation and "feel". Gitzo legs operate nicer (the parts are more precise and refined), but for the same price, you will be able to get a larger/sturdier set of Feisol/Benro legs than Gitzo.
Acratech and Markins make heads that will allow reverse-folding of the tripod legs on models which have that feature. More specifically, the Acratech GP-s and GP-ss, and the Markins Q3T. RRS heads don't, but in my experience the operation of RRS heads is a bit smoother (comparing approximately equivalent models), and the knobs are nicer to use so its a tradeoff. I have no experience with Arca-Swiss heads, but I know they are top notch in terms of quality.
I've posted this several times already on these forums, but here it is again, a list of what my Feisol 3441T has been through:
Took it to Iceland and used it on sharp volcanic rocks in the rain, it was partially submerged in freezing salt water (unintentionally by a rogue wave as well as intentionally at Jokulsarlon), in sand (which thanks to the wave also got everywhere), under the hot shower back at the hostel with me to wash out the salt and sand.
Took it to Scotland where it was used on wet grass and mud.
Took it to China where it was scraped along granite rocks and used in relatively strong winds hiking around the Yellow Mountains (I was extremely thankful for the light weight there, have you ever walked up and down steep stairs for 6 hours straight with a loaded pack?).
Back here in Hong Kong it has been used on very uneven rocks, and has fallen into a river twice, being completely submerged as well as being bashed against rocks (both my ballhead and the legs bear the scars).
In France it was used in a snowstorm as well as being buried in the stuff.
It has not been babied at all.