Feedback on my purchase
Well I got the last of my stuff delivered yesterday and all I can say is the Really Right Stuff is awesome stuff. I'm an extremely impressed with precision, the machining, engraving, and the finish of every little detail. I love how you can adjust and set the drag to increase the fluidity of the ball. I got the quick release style clamp and their Arca Swiss custom plates (body, lens, grip). Now that I've had my hands on the AS system I could never go back.
As a bonus benefit, I ordered one of these clamps http://reallyrightstuff.com/ProductDesc.aspx?code=B2-FAB-F&type=0&eq=&desc=B2-FAB-F-38mm-clamp-with-flat-back&key=it
so I could attach my Black Rapid fastener to it. With the fastener loctited on, I can quickly switch between bodies without disrupting the secured fastener.
Yes RRS is a little pricy but IMO, it is not over-priced. You really do get a lot for your money.
So if you are reading this and researching heads:
Is RRS worth the cost? - yes
Arca Swiss? – a big yes
The Gitzo tripod, what can I say, rock solid, precise, and light weight.
I even unloaded my old tripods via Craigslist and recouped a fair amount.
Thanks all again for your help!