I was deciding between the T1004X and T1204. All specs being equal, apart from being Alum Alloy and Carbon Fiber. For 300g and S$150 difference, I felt the T1004X was a better choice for a broke man like me.
But the height was abit of an issue for me. I need to extend the centre column by a fair bit in order for the VF to reach my eyes. That bothers me. As I felt, with the centre column extended by almost 75%, it makes the tripod less stable.
I do not need the small compact size of the T1004X. So the nice guys at TK recommended the R1204 for me. Nice height for a 1.7m guy like me, and best of all, its CF. So for additional $110 over the T1004X, I get CF and the suitable height for me.