I have been through many posts on here regarding this topic. Some seem outdated to the models that might be available today, so recapping on some info. I am sure many of you have experience in experience with these models and what is available and best for purchase today.
Looking for CF, 2 to 2.5lbs, less than 19 in. closed (reversible or not, doesn't matter to me), weight capacity for D800 and lens (24-70 and 70-200 as main lenses), I am 5'8" so center column or not would prob not matter, and price, the tripods I am looking at are between $400-550 current price so spending 150 more for the better choice is not an issue. I currently own a Manfrotto 055 but that is way to big to travel/backpack with. I was going to go with a Manfrotto 190xPROB but realize that this is a little too heavy and long for my taste.
So models: -Feisol 3442 -Gitzo 1542T -Gitzo 2542T (I have read about this, but do not know its availability. Don't know if it is a new model or old, cannot seem to find it for purchase. -Any other suggestions?
Heads-I own a Manfrotto 488CR2. This may work for the time being but realize when I get some more cash that I need to upgrade. So recs on a head to match the Tri that comes out on top would also be good!