Recently bought this Giotto http://www.jessops.com/online.store/pro ... /show.html
It's plenty tall enough for me, even without fully extending the legs.
Haven't even needed to lift the centre column, & it can be used through 180 degrees.
The set up also drops fairly flat by extending the legs outwards, to about a foot from the floor. It's solid/heavy enough to support my 80-400 zoom.
Also bought the heavier weight rated ball-head., with a couple of quick release plates. http://www.warehouseexpress.com/buy-Gio ... ad_1025891
(which i'd definitely recommend whichever rig you choose)
btw,He who dies with the most toys, WINS!Nikon D800E & D700 bodies + Nikon 200-400mm F4 VR1, 50mm F1.4G, 16-35mm f/4G VR, 105 F2.8 VR macro, 70-300mm lenses. A couple of filters, Giotto tripod & ballhead. Lowepro Slingshot 302 AW