You must be psychologically committed to Gitzo. Fine. You can't go wrong but for the money. But the height of the Feisol 3472, at 59 inches, without any center column is nearly ideal for a six foot tall man. Consider that the full height without a center column is 59 inches, add a ball head plus a 5Dii and you are up to more than 5 1/2 ft. Unless your eyes are on top of your head, you should be able to look through the view finder without bending your legs.