Hi, I am finally going to buy that "one" tripod (hoping I will make the right choice the first time.....) and any help would be appreciated.
Camera equipment: Canon 40D (someday 5D MK II) and maximum lens 70-200 F2.8.
Subject types: Night shots, skylines, etc.; Macro, too.
I have decided on getting the Markins M10 ball head (probably could have used the Q3 but recommendations on a slightly bigger "sweet spot" convinced me that the additional cost would be worth in the the long run).
The tripods I have been considering are the Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 and the Gitzo GT2531. I seem to think the three section versions would be better that the four (the fourth leg gets pretty small on both of these).
So, comments please?
Differences in locking (twist vs. flip lever)?
Quality of components/manufacture, i.e, how is the top platform attached to the center column (pressed fit, set-screw, etc)?
Should I even consider the Manfrotto 190 series or the Gitzo Series 1 (I think the 055 & Series 2 correct for the lens length/total weight, etc.)
If I'm pushing the $400 area for the Manfrotto, is the extra cash for the Gitzo worth it in the long run (my one and only tripod)?
Does the center column on the GT2531 remove and allow the head to be attached directly to the leg platform (I think Gitzo calls this "ground level set") or do I need to buy additional "accessories?"
Should I consider the aluminum versions of these? Stability, vibration considerations....and what about that three section vs. four section leg issue?
This is my first post on this forum and I would sure appreciate knowing what other users have experienced. And, if I forgot to ask something, please chime in freely. Thanks very much.