I'm looking for a sturdy stand to permanently mount a 4x5.
I'm considering a Foba Asaba with the optional Rotating Column Flange. It seems to have a good reputation, but I have not found a dealer with a demo model on t he floor -- I'm in NYC. I would consider the Omega, but there would have to be a big difference in its operation or stability (it's $700 more than the previous combination). On the other hand there seem to be a couple of much cheaper ones from Bogen and Arkay. How do these compare with the Fobas? I kind of left Cal umet's out because the price difference to the Foba's is not that significant.
I was considering a Gitzo G1570M (I don't like ball heads for studio), but that is more due to 'customer loyalty' other than a careful evaluation. Would someon e have comments on other alternatives? What is the 'standard'?
All comments on the choices above or other alternatives are greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!