I want to buy a tripod and I have been researching tripods/heads. I have done searches including here on POTN, and know that many POTN members own Manfrotto's. I would like to get the opinion of the POTN members on this subject before I buy.
I really like the Manfrotto model 190-XPROB because it is so adjustable. It allows the user to move the center column from vertical to horizontal, it has 4 adjustable leg angles, plus it's weight capacity is 11 lbs. I have handled this tripod at Samy's, and right now, this is the tripod I think I will buy based on name brand, quality, features and price, but I have no real ideas on what head features are important.
I plan on using the tripod for photographing items in a soft box, as well as some outdoor macro photography. I will also be using the tripod for family portraits. I don't really plan on using it a lot, so professional studio quality isn't necessary, nor do I plan on carrying it very far, so tripod weight/portability isn't an issue. After doing some research I have set a budget of up to $300 including head, but would prefer to spend closer to $200 based on expected usage, however if someone were to present an option with superior quality for just a little more money I have no problem spending more. I just don't want to spend a lot of money on something that's going to sit in a closet most of the time.
For gear, I have a 40d, but no heavy (think Sigma 50-500, or Canon 400) lenses, and don't see any heavy lenses in my future. I would appreciate any advice you care to offer on tripod legs or heads. I would not be opposed to buying used, and have been looking in the POTN sell section as well as on CL.
Manfrotto 190XPROB Tripod Legs (Black) with 804RC2 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head