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| p.1 #3 · Another Tripod Thread :) |
I have the 190XPROB and the 322RC2 (which are up for sale in the Buy/Sell BTW)
The legs have been very good - easy to set up, lots is useful touches in the design (configurable center column, hook on the base for hanging your case, etc.). I find it very intuitive, usable and sturdy. I'm upgrading to a Gitzo CF since I'm traveling more and some of my setups are pushing the weight limit a bit, but it has been terrific.
The 322RC2 "grip" style head is pretty interesting. It is very non-fiddly (which is my pet peeve). You don't have to worry about panning or tension since your hand is on the handle, making tension less relevant (though there is an adjustment) and panning is also a function of the grip. Moving to portrait orientation is also very natural. My one beef is the limited ability to tilt back. I may be missing something but I'm shortening the rear leg to achieve upward angles in some cases.
Honestly, I find the 496/498 very fiddly - don't like the placement, design or use of the levers. Their newer Magnesium designs are much better, but pricey: 054 is ~$200, but feels a LOT more like the RRS-style in terms of controls.