I've been looking into tripods / ball heads for the past few weeks, trying to decide which one would suit my needs. This recent thread: http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=14209.0
(Help me finalize my tripod & ball head choice
) really hit the spot for me. Thanks for those who responded
I've decided that the Gitzo GT2541 + RRS BH-40 would suit my needs (max load would be shooting 5D3 with grip + 300mm f4).
This will compliment my existing monopod (Gitzo GM2541 + Manfrotto 496RC2 head).
However, just a question about the quick release plates. Would the plate that fits the RRS BH-40 work on the Manfrotto 496RC2? I ask because I notice that the RRS plate requires an allen key to attach/remove. While I'm happy to keep this on permanently, that could be an issue if I'm swapping between the mono / tripod. Currently, I have the Manfrotto plate on the 300mm lens, as I use that for birding pic's. A solution could be to have the RRS plate on the camera and leave the Manfrotto plate on the 300mm. But, I know one day, while I'm frantically setting up the tripod, there could be tears.....