I'm in the process of getting a tripod and have some questions for the clubsnappers here who have experience with the below mentioned tripods..
Main use of the tripod would be for macro photography and some night shooting and scenics. The tripod have to be able to support a Nikon F100 with MB-15 and a 105mm Micro-Nikkor + speedlight (currently a SB-22). I'm not very tall (1.7m) so don't need super big tripods. I don't foresee myself getting very big lenses in the near future. The biggest lens I might probably own in the future would be the 70-200/80-200mm so it would be great if the tripod I buy now can support this rig as well, but currently, the setup outlined previously is the heaviest thing taxing the tripod now.
I'm contemplating the Manfrotto 190Pro, but would like to know how useful the central column positioning actually. Is the whole thing sturdy enough when the central column is positioned horizontally? Read something about flexing of the collar in another forum, so... Also, is the 190PRO as sturdy as the plain 190?
I'm also eyeing the Gitzo 2220, though its at the limit of my budget. Anybody can comment on its sturdiness and versatility in macro photography?
Any other suggestions are also welcomed!