Now that I have the 500 f/4, I need a better platform for it. My budget is $1,000.00 and I have come up with the following. Please let me know how you think this combo will work. BTW, I went the ballhead/sidekick route so I can use the tripod/head for my shorter glass as well. Gitzo 1320 Wimberley Sidekick Kirk BH-1 Add the plates and the ballhead snap collar and I'm right around $1,150.00. I will eventually go to CF legs but I figure I'll also eventually need two quality tripods and starting w/this one fits the budget. Does this make sense? TIA for any comments/suggestions, etc.