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I live in Japan where these branded tripods cost around 150% more than in the US. With the strong Yen the Gitzo is a bargain when bought in the US, even with shipping charges added. The Gitzo arrived two days after I ordered it; incredible. To compare I also bought a Manfrotto and a Benro Travelangel (the Benro from eBay). In terms of stability, compact size, low weight, and build quality, the Gitzo is the clear winner. I am partly disabled and only use lightweight gear, so no large lenses or monster camera bodies; with heavier equipment maybe the Gitzo would flex but for my Sony A55 it is rock solid.
I will now sell the Manfrotto and Benro on Yahoo! Auctions Japan for maybe 15% more than I paid for them on Amazon...