I'm looking for a tripod around $300. I've read lots of reviews and the Manfrotto 055XProB/488RC2 combo seems to come highly recommended in this price range. Ideally I'd like something sturdy and durable. I think the ~6.5lb weight of the Manfrotto setup would be manageable, although I'd ideally like something lighter. I would consider raising my budget to maybe $400 if there was something in that price range that is considerably better than the Manfrotto combo. I've read a little about Feisol CF tripods, which seem to run about $300 for just the tripod legs. I've considered either the CT-3441S traveler tripod (with center column included) or CT-3342 "tournament tripod" (with center column extra). Anybody have experience with either of these? Thanks for any suggestions/help.