Ok, so Ill join the ranks of those that have posted "which tripod should I get?".
My local store has some in stock that are pretty nice. Id rather support local business than buy from hong Kong so im kinda stuck to these items. I also want to get it this week so I can have something for the 4th of July. Im looking at a light all around good tripod, something I can take on trips and not feel weighed down, and of course size and sturdiness are a factor too. Ill be using it with a gripped 50D, 24-70 2.8L and 70-200 2.8L, 580ex2 at times but thats about all the weight ill throw at it.
These are what they have in stock:
1) Slik 714CF-II
-Carbon fiber, compact 4 leg sections, supports 11lbs
2) Manfrotto 190CXPro4
- Carbon fiber, compact 4 leg sections, supports 11lbs
3) Manfrotto 190cxpro3
-carbon fiber, supports 11lbs, not as compact
4) Manfrotto 055cxpro3
- carbon fiber, center column carbon fiber, supports 17.6lbs, not as compact, most expensive
Out of these, do you think with the equipment Ill be using needs anything more than 11lbs? Is it worth getting a 3 leg setup over 4 leg even though its a few inches taller while folded? Ill be carrying it with a Lowepro Rover AW pack but would like to keep the tripod inside the pack at times, which would only leave me the slik and the pro4 as my options. is it worth it or should I just get a more stable 3 section and keep it on the outside of the pack?
Thanks for any insight!