Hello, I am looking for some insight and assistance. I am going to upgrade my al tripod to a carbon fiber one. Had a chance to visit B&H recently and looked at the Gitzo GT 2531EX three section unit. I wanted to check out ball heads to compare the Markins M10, RRS BH55, Kirk BH1, Acratech Ultimate and Arca Swiss Z1. Believe it or not they did not have any of these available for examination on display, only the Gitzos. The Gitzo heads I looked at appear substantial but I wanted to make some hands on comparisons.
My current equipment is a Manfrotto 3221 tripod with a Bogen 3047 head which has served me well since purchasing them in 1999. I'm still shooting film with my Nikon F5 and will be learning to use my Toyo 4X5 field camera. Obviously I have been reviewing info on the above equipment but physically handling each was not to be. Feedback on ball heads would be appreciated also.
With respect to the 2531 tripod, I would like to know if anyone has one and your take on it. I like the idea that you can lock the legs at any position but I'm wondering if no detents for initial set up has been a problem. Also, has there been any problem with the large locking lever for each leg at the top of the tripod. Thanks for any help you can provide. Best of luck in your shooting. Joe Dragon