Just looking for some opinions on some tripods. I've been using a Glanz TR160 ($AU30 job lol) to hold up my 450d. I'm beginning to think it's time to upgrade (I'm actually surprised it has never toppled over... yet), and my funds now permit it. I was wondering if someone can shed some light on some tripods I'm looking at.
I saw the tripod thread where Colin propped himself up on his Gitzo... It's very impressive how much weight they can handle, but I'm 99% sure I don't have the cash to afford one of these babies!
I found a few that I can get for a fairly decent price. I'm after a pan/tilt type of head as I think most of my shooting is landscape scenes and portraits. I have an EF 75-300 4-5.6 and an EF-S 18-55 IS 3.5-5.6 (both kit lens). Looking to purchase a 24-105 f4L IS at some point in the near future (when tax time comes around...) so this would probably need to be taken into account too when purchasing at tripod.
Here are my options
190XDB + 804RC2 head - $AU249 - I was looking at this one because its light and a fairly good price.
190XPROB + 804RC2 head - $AU349 - I'm still trying to work out the difference between this and the XDB...
055XPROB + 804RC2 head - $AU439 - Apparently this stand is sturdier, however I'm not sure I believe things that I read on the internet (apart from CiC and a few other reliable sites)
055XPROB + 808CR4 head - $AU489 - I can't really tell the difference between the 808CR4 and 804CR2 head...
I also checked out some Giottos that look ok but I'm not sure how good they are... If anyone has any first hand experience with any of these combos or heads/tripods, any input would be greatly appreciated!
Also, I'm planning to do some portrait orientation shots (ie. tilt the camera 90 degrees to change it from 2x3 (HxW) to 3x2 ratio), will any of these heads allow this?