rsn48: Dissenting opionion, I quite liked the article, what it does is draws my attention to tripods I might not have considered, even though my tank of a Manfrotto 055 model is like the cockroach of tripods, when the earth ends, the 055 will still motor on. I bought it a few decades ago and it still hangs in there; of course, I have to pump iron to carry it along with the old large bulky Manfrotto ball head.
I too have the manfrotto 055 and as the other poster said, it will last for more years yet to come with my Acratech ball head mount.
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