A few months back I took a leap of faith and made an investment in Really Right Stuff products. Here is what I got:
BH-55 LR Ballhead
TVC-34L Versa Series 3 Tripod
BD800-L: L-Plate for Nikon D800/800E
If you are going to buy a ballhead and tripod the package deal will save you some money.
So what do I think about these products? So far I am blown away by the top notch quality and customer service. If you have any questions about the products RRS will answer them right away. You always deal with a real person at the other end of the line.
Let's start with the the ball head. It is easy to use, has 3 adjustable knobs and the ability to turn in any direction. The strength of this thing is amazing as well, it handles the Nikkor 14-14mm wide angle lens with no issues and could easily hold a lot more weight. I decided to go with the L-Bracket attachment for the head which easily grips my Nikon D800 L-Bracket. This set up gives unprecedented control over my camera and compositions.
The carbon fiber legs of this tripod are amazing and sturdy as well. RRS did not take any short cuts when laying up this composite. It is strong and can beat out any weather conditions you may throw in front of it.
Depending on the model of your RRS tripod each of the leg segments extends with an easy twist. Mine came with (3) extendable segments and can reach up to 72" inches tall with ball head included.
Here is a close up view of the "twist to extend" length control devices at the end of each composite leg.
The last notable features are the multiple configuration leg angle adjustments. Each adjustment is spring loaded for ease of use. Each leg can be adjusted separately which allows the tripod to operate in nearly any situation and any angle.
For more information check out www.ReallyRightStuff.com