If I had it to do over again, with the products available today as opposed to 4 years ago, I might have gone with an all Really Right Stuff setup -legs & ball head. But RRS wasn't making nearly as much in the way of tripod legs a few years ago. Their newest catalog has even more products, including the new "GoPro Cage" for GoPro video cameras. It's too bad RRS stuff is as pricey as it is. But the stuff is very well made. I recently bought a flash bracket to go with the L-plate for my 5D Mark II camera. It's pretty slick. Not junky in the slightest.