« on: January 02, 2013, 11:15:44 AM »
I haven't used it a ton because I just got it. But I would definately check out the GITZO GM3551. The max height is 75.6" (192cm) which gives you alot of reach. As for build quality, ... I can definately say its top notch. Feels like you could thwart attackers ... but yet its light.
I also should mention that you have to bring your own ball head to the table as this doesn't come with a head.
+1. 3551 is what I own (see previous post) and I find it wonderful. Also my suggestion is to be careful or at least consider trying (if not researching thoroughly) the options for a monopod head. the RRS MH-02 head is my personal favorite. Consider, for example, that a body plate and a lens plate are oriented differently, which may become important. A ballhead has too many degrees of freedom
good info here
As I mentioned in my previous post, the manfroto 239 (and variants -- I tried the kirk mpa-1 flavor and sent it back) is just not in the same league as the RRS. Preferences abound, to be sure, but this is what I'm using, both in the field and in church, lol. very solid feel, large knobs, etc. this thing just works:
on edit: Neuro is right; I just hit the send button too soon