erm... yeah. unless TS happened to load the latest sigma big mama... :think:
anyway, the latest manfrotto 190XB tripod looks good. manfrotto re-designed the centre column. now, u dun need to remove the entire column just to lower ur tripod to the ground. they have a very clever, IMO, locking mechanism for the column now. check it out at the usual reputable dealers ard peninsular/city hall area!
I have three sets of alu. Manfrotto tri & monopods who have travelled offshore, highlands or overseas wif me. Still in good pristine condition so I still cant find any valid excuse besides weight to convert them to carbon.
Now I catch ya ball. Most of da Cheapo alum. tripods have their heads mounted on da centre column and they r usually not mobile. So many a times when tightening da head cause da setup focus off. It's worth it to spend within ya limits for a good setup.