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I went with the 34L specifically for the flexibility. Even with only 3 legs extended, it still goes to 52" which is adequate for normal shooting. I have two young kids that sometimes do school performances, so I wanted the capability to shoot photos or videos from the back of the room. So the ability to go high to 68" is great.
You will love the RRS tripod. IMHO, the look, fit, finish, and feel is unmatched. I really like the smoothness of the CF legs, the racheting angle stops, and the feel of the BIG leg locks. The thing is beautifully made and just oozes quality. I have had the Gitzo 3541ls, 2541L and still have a 3540ls. But the 34L is by far my favorite tripod.