I think the Gitzo 3532S is a great choice, but the RRS TVC-33S also has a very suitable max height for you. It's slightly smaller than the Gitzo, but you need to add the ballhead height and base of camera to viewfinder to see where you end up. There's a little less than $50 difference in the prices and virtually no weight difference. Given that Gitzo customer service is so miserable I'd lean to the RRS tripod provided its max height is OK for you, and I say that as a Gitzo user with experience of their lousy CS.
spooled180 wrote in post #16684403
Arca Swiss z1 sp
Rrs bh-55 only for its low profile and can be bought with the lr altogether.
Can I really go wrong with either?
Not really. The only issue is the BH-55 which is definitely on the heavy side at 1.9lbs. I use an Arca-Swiss Z1 with a RRS leveling base on my Gitzo 3541LS and the Z1 with the leveling base weighs 1.8lbs. I've just bought an Acratech GP to replace the Z1 and leveling base for travel and now my rig is much lighter. If you're going to be hiking with this rig the Acratech is a great solution. It needs hardly any maintenance either; great for extreme environments.
The Acratech GP requires an Acratech clamp. I use both Acratech and RRS lever clamps are both are just fine; I have no preference. The Acratech clamp is much lighter than the RRS clamp though, and it has a lock. I prefer screw clamps to lever clamps but I didn't like the Acratech screw clamp at all so if you buy the GP get the lever clamp.
I've recently been back and forth on the phone with the folks at Acratech and what a difference to Gitzo; it's just so nice to be able to talk to a reasonably friendly person who actually knows what they're talking about.