I have wanted a new tripod setup for a long time: my ideal setup would include some nice Gitzo legs (i.e. GT1540), and a Really Right Stuff (RRS) ballhead & L-bracket… they are about the highest quality products you can get, and are priced at that level. While I haven’t quite been there yet with the finances for the whole package, I did make a step towards the end result. I recently acquired an RRS BGE4-L bracket for the Canon 5D + grip and an RRS BH-40 ballhead. What a difference! My old setup was a Manfratto 3030 3-way pan/tilt head. While relatively inexpensive and versatile, it wasn’t the most compact package nor did it lock into place as tightly as I would have liked.
RRS gear is SOLID, light weight, and built to last — the new setup is far more compact and rigid than the old. Pretty happy about the upgrade, hopefully some legs will be in the not-so-distant future!
The old setup with the 3030 head:
The new setup (notice Ver & Hor framing while still centered over the legs):