Sounds like a great setup for shooting weddings. Not so much for other areas of production.zac love,
I get what you are saying. I guess it depends on what kind of work you primarily do and how loaded down the camera is with accessories. I bought the 502 for my Sony NX5 and its more than enough for that camera and the work I do. The head is very smooth and I've had nothing but good results with it. I just can't see spending a couple thousand on a tripod when this $500 one does everything I need. It will even support my HPX370 if needed, although I'd need to get sturdier legs if I wanted to use it all the time with that camera. I'm not pushing one tripod over another. I just like to point out cost effective options when available.
I'd just say the proof is in the pudding. Ever since I started shooting with a Vinten Blue I don't want to touch a tripod that I can't balance the head perfectly.I just can't see spending a couple thousand on a tripod when this $500 one does everything I need.