So I chose a set of legs quite some time ago (six months. Slow buyer you see). Gitzo's GT2531EX
Now, I listened to the advice of virtually every sensible person on the internet, and want to buy nice instead of twice, which is why the Gitzo will be my first tripod. Having thought about getting one for the past two years, I thought I'd get cracking.
But what head to choose?
It seems that the Arca-Swiss-style ones are popular, good, and compatible, so this could narrow it down for me.
But there are so many brands and head-types. RRS, Kirk, Arca-Swiss, Acra-Tech and a whole host of ones I don't remember.
What I photograph: It's going to be used for macro. I might eventually get a focusingrail, but it's not like I have an MP-E 65.
It's going to be used for landscapey stuff.
It's going to be used in low-light situations.
A ballhead will probably be my best bet, not that this narrows it down a lot.
A criterium I've read (Thom Hogan possibly?) was that the ballhead should be easy to clean.
What I need:
Knowledge about the different brands and models, and whom they are used by (what kind of photographer).
Anything else you need to know? Feel free to ask.