I hope I'm not hijacking this thread, but I have a scenario I'd like to run by the tripod pros: I have been eyeballing a RRS TVC-34L for a while and was planning to get one. Of course, the $1045 price tag is something that prevents me from buying it on impulse.
I see Gitzo is having some cash back on their Mountaineer legs, and I have been considering a GT3541L (and removing the center column). It's currently $830 with $200 cash back, making it effectively $630. That $415 difference vs the RRS set will exactly cover the cost of a BH-55 Pro setup.
Of course, the specs don't align perfectly. They are both 4.7 lb (Gitzo should be modestly less with CC removed). The Gitzo will only be 59" tall vs the RRS's 68", and the Gitzo has a 40 lb rating while the RRS has a 50 lb load rating. However, I will not be mounting anything bigger than a 70-200mm 2.8 IS II for the near term.
Anyway, I guess I'm just shamelessly asking for opinions from knowledgable individuals if the savings is worth the offset in specifications. I don't want to fall into the trap of upgrade-itis (a familiar affliction to me), but I would think the Gitzo base will serve the needs of an advanced amateur for the forseeable future.
Thanks in advance for any guidance or opinions you all could offer.