New Tripod time

Soldato
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My Slik 700 pro is on its last legs (lol see what i did there :p dam tough crowd) and am thinking of going for a Manfrotto this time as the Frotto monopod i have is fantastic, and i have my mind set on the Manfrotto 055XPROB and the 488RC2 head as this seems to get alot of praise from all groups, am looking for thoughts on the set up, i dont really have a set field of things i photograph as i do all sorts from landscape to wildlife.

thanks in advance
 
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I use a 055 and it's a very nice tripod - sturdy, stiff and tall enough for a 6'4 lummox like me to use painlessly. It is, however, rather weighty. Depending on what you're planning to stick on top of it, a lot of people prefer the 190 series if they can get away with it.
Head-wise, the 488RC2 is tried and tested, though I'm one of the strange few who prefer the 460MG for landscape work as I find it a steadier platform to work from, if not quite as ergonomically friendly.
 
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yea the height is an issue for me as like you am 6-3 and have difficulty finding a good tripod that doesnt need the center piece to be lifted, the weight on the other hand can be a pain but i can work with it, the Nikon D80 and the assortment of lens that will be used are in the sig \/
 
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