Hi, I'm looking to replace my current Feisol tripod, due to some space and usability issues. The Feisol can still be used at home, but I'd like something more compact and modern for travel. 180°-folding legs, monopod conversion, and 5-segment design can help with compactness, and some modern usability features like non-rotating leg sections would be nice.
I use a non-gripped 70D, and my longest lens is currently a 70-200/4, though I'm looking to extend into the 300-400 range in the next year or two. I do a variety of travel photography including wildlife, landscapes, architecture, and near-macro.
Options I've found thusfar:https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Av1HyANgStffdEJkaHVwd3QzUnFvTWt2R3Ffb0FrcUE&usp=sharing
Must-haves include good reliability and stability for the weight and price class, twist locks with anti-rotating legs, and a monopod conversion feature. I'd like to spend under $400, but could go higher if there's something amazing just out of that range. I have a ball head I could transplant, but a good head that comes with the new tripod would work too.
Are there any other options I missed? Have you had positive or negative experiences with any of them? Any other thoughts? Thanks in advance!