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Well the column is on order. Once you agonize over the decision and buy it your sort of stuck with that decision. Like bags, always something you wish were different.
My old Gitzo with an Acraswiss head has served me for 8 years. It was heavy, sticky and sturdy. Freeze your hands in winter but it was functionally great. If I still had my 500f4 I would have gotten a larger series RRS tripod.
The new tripod is only a 2-3 pounds lighter but it seems much more. The leg locks are much easier to turn, the Gitzo wings sometimes needed to be hammered with my fist to loosen. The ball head does not freeze like the old Acraswiss. And this rig hangs on a strap around my neck for carrying much easier than the old tripod.
I wish the hook was bigger and lower so I could attach my bag directly. I added a carabiner but it fell off yesterday and got lost. Guess I need to permanently attach it to the bag rather than the tripod. Harder to get the bag attached when I start with the carabiner on the bag.
My old head let me drop the camera into the slot from the top by angling one side in first. This head must be opened really far to do it that way so I am learning to slide it in from the end. I don't like lever types so I got the standard.