>In fairness, I have never used a "magica" and only >owned the Gitzo GT3542LS and a Manfrotto 055XB.
I've just found out the CF+Magnesium version of Manfrotto 055 (named 055 XPRO3) is currently available at Amazon.it for about USD 370 with a 37% discount on retail price. How stable is it with respect to its aluminium counterpart?
p.s. I'm aware this cannot be a substitute for any Gitzo Series 3 tripod whatsoever