I have a rebel XT and I will probly be using mostly my nifty fifty and 75-300 for tripod work, and hopefully getting a wide angle L lens in the next month or 2. I am wondering, is there really anything wrong with the $200-300 non CF tri legs? I dont mind the weight, I just want a tripod that will last me for a decade. Also the manfrotto 488 ball head looks to me to be a great head, but all the research I do on tripods says I should expect to spend a grand or better on a set up worth having. I like to take landscapes and want to do some portrait work of the family. I also backpack and took the sunpack 2800, my current tripod, last time and it wasnt that bad so weight is a non issue to some degree. So, with all that said, am I throwing my money away buying the manfrotto 055xpro with a 488rc2 ball head. Should I wait and buy a Gitzo?