Well I made a mistake and went with a cheapo for my first tripod....A recent trip out to Anza-Borrega desert almost prove to be a disaster as my tripod just failed... I'm ready to do it right this time and have done some searches on threads posted in this section and have at least determined that I will go with a Gitzo. Here is my setup and what I will be shooting.
-1dMkIIn, 70-200f2.8, 300 f2.8, possible 500 f4, 17-40l.
-I like doing a ton of sports stuff and have a gitzo mono for most of that. I'm also getting into macro and portrait photography.
- I'm planning on purchasing a 500 or at least renting one a few times this year so I'd like the tripod/head combo to be able to manage that.
- I'm also planning on doing some moderate hiking in Colorado for landscapes, macro and maybe some wildlife.
- I've read up on the Gitzo 35xx series...not sure if I need the center leg. I'm 5'8.
- I've also looked at the Markins M20....just want to make sure its not to much overkill.
I'm trying to get one tripod that will cover 90% of the situations described above. Hopefully I can do that. Thanks for the suggestions.