I'm in the market for a new tripod, but the pickin's for features that I really desire are pretty slim; I've narrowed my choices down to, either, the Alta Pro 284CT or Gitzo 2541EX. Each has its pluses/minuses, but I was curious if folks around here had any experiences with either/both sets of legs to share.
I've been looking for a replacement set for my Manfrotto 055CXPro4, that still has multipositional legs and an articulated center column, being CF, and under 25in when collapsed. These two offer those things but also have some cons that I'm having a hard time resolving.
- The actual mount/movement mechanism for the center column appears to be made entirely of plastic and I have concerns about the durability of this under hard use, outdoors.
- Damned pricey
- Being that I'm in the US, Manfrotto/Gitzo's customer support and service is, as near as I can tell, somewhere below abysmal. If something *does* go wrong with this, I'd be out $800 for something that I can't get service for.
What nuggets of wisdom do you, of "they say" fame, have for me?