I'm looking for something to use outdoors, with no special consideration for hiking, being especially light-weight or small size. I use a 30D with at most my 70-200. I know I want a 3 section CF unit with no center column and a sturdy standard ball head. Ideally, sure, a Gitzo 1325 with RRS 55 but it's out of my budget especially when I won't utilize it that much. I won't even mention what I'm using now - LOL!
I'm considering the Bogen 055MF3 with the 488RC4 head. It's $450 shipped from B&H and the like, and spec wise looks like it should work well. Is there any reason not to go with either of these? I have read every review and relavent thread I can find and can't find anything especially negative - I just want to make sure before I hit the 'Buy' button