Right, everything I’m shooting at the moment is hand held, at least for 99% of the time with the odd occasion when I use a monopod. I’ve decided that, in certain circumstances, a tripod is going to be beneficial to me.
Must have a gimbal head and be very stable without weighing as much as Hattie Jacques eating a dolphin. Budget £1200 max.
Used to have an aluminium Manfrotto for a 'scope I had years ago. It corroded fairly badly, so god knows what the salt air up here would do to it. Maybe they’ve improved the quality of the fittings/nuts/bolts etc. on the CF ones?
I will add that a semi-pro photographer friend recommended a Rollei Pro model which looks good and is 800 euro on their website. Unfortunately they don’t ship to UK (post Brexit) and it’s only available on Amazon