I made a big mistake on Friday, a friend of mine needed to buy a new tripod as his was an absolute joke. I advised him to try before he bought. He said why don't we make a trip of it and I said sure, sounds like fun. We tried all the stuff in his budget and then we tried the stuff I had said he would end up buying and he ended up buying one. The deal he got on an ex-Jessops bankrupt stock Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 CF with Q90 column shocked me and made me remember the hot night we walked 8 miles in London when I was carrying my SLIK Pro 700DX. Next thing I knew I had bought a set of the same legs to put my Slick head on. Very similar performance, but has the neat Q90 macro column and is a kilogram lighter. £179 - bargain or what!
I kept my Slik ball head as it uses the circular QD plate which makes panoramas a piece of cake.
I'm not taking him shopping again! Could have been worse though, I was handling a D800 for a while, but I stopped myself....