I am going to upgrade my old aluminum Slik tripod with a Manfrotto ball head. The new tripod will be carbon fiber and I've decided to switch to a different ball head with the Arca-Swiss style plate. I am shooting a 6D with the largest (currently) lens a 70-200 F4, mostly landscape photography. I am changing to Arca-Swiss so I can add an L plate (Sunway Foto) and nodal slide (Hejnar Photo) to the camera bag. If you can convince me that Kirk or RRS L plates are worth the extra money, I'll buy them instead.
I put my hands on a Induro CT-213 today, it is the same height as my current tripod, only lighter, smoother and more stable. It looks like the only accessory I would need to buy is the short column, to get closer to the ground. I wanted to compare it to the Feisol CT3342, but I haven't been able to put my hands on one yet. The Feisol doesn't come with spikes and I have heard the bags are too small...does anyone know if the bag with the Induro will hold the legs with a ball head attached? The prices are close to the same, add tripod bag and spikes versus adding short column. I played with a Gitzo GT2532 today too, but I'm not sure it is worth the extra money, the display model was even missing the plastic stop so one of the legs fell out.
I also played with the Acratech GPS ball head, I like the option of turning it into a leveling base for panoramas. However, if I get the Feisol tripod I'm not sure the legs will reverse completely around the head. For that reason I am thinking about the Markins Q10 (I've heard good things), but I like the concept of Acratechs open design.
Either way, I think any of the options would be a good choice and better equipment than I'm using now. So many decisions...help me out, give me your thoughts.