hi i'm looking for a tripod. here's my gear,
canon eos 40d
ef 24-105mm and 70-200 f/4L IS
usage would be mostly for landscape, long exposure and portraiture. i would be doing a fair bit of travelling with it, and prefer anything but aluminium/wood materials.
i'm planning on getting a tripod (real sturdy one) but the gitzo ones seem way out of my league. manfrotto seems to be a good deal, and i've narrowed it down to the 055MF3. 3 sections provide more height and greater stability for me. Any other recommendations?
i'm looking at getting a good ball head that won't shift when i tighten the knob, it must have a quick release plate as well. currently narrowed down to kirk bh-3, and manfrotto 488rc4.
anyone with experiences with the gitzo balheads (can they be used for on other tripods?) or any other recommendations (tripod and ballhead)? would be good if anyone could give some feedback on their experiences too!