Im 6' 2" and its time for a new tripod. Its time for a GOOD tripod. Time for a tripod I can keep forever (knock wood). Since this should be the last, or one of the last, tripods I buy, I gotta go all out...to an extent. This has had me focusing on carbon fiber instead of metal. The pricing is 2X but the weight difference is well worth it. I dont want a tripod I like to use one place and not another. My main focus being tabletop work and outside without any emphasis on crazy things like 100mph wind on a sea cliff with salt spray. Manfrottos 190CX and 055CX series have models which have the horizontal pivoting center column. Good for tabletop work and a load of other odd situations. So that leaves me with the 2 "better" models of each of the Manfrotto 190/055 series, as the basic models dont have it. Manfrotto 190CXPRO3 seems nice, but it only goes to 48" (58" extended)...kinda short for my height. Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 goes to 55" (69" extended). A price difference of about $150 for about 7" of working height. Is it worth it? The cheapest I have found the 055CXPRO3 is $360 from Adorama. Ill be mating the legs with the Manfrotto 322RC2 ball head. .