Originally Posted by Boogieshrew
I got to look at a TMA27C with a Manfrotto 500A head on it. They were supporting a Swarovski ATX85 with binoviewer which is about the same weight as a Nikon edg85. The tripod and head are very nice indeed. The tripod is surprisingly stable given its relatively low weight and the head is very smooth vertically and horizontally. Much nicer than my veil on Sherpa and ancient manfrotto tracker (myold school green antique!).
Careful, TAS (Tripod Acquisiton Syndrome) is a virulent, persistent and not inexpensive illness, not easily cured. You appear to be susceptible, based on the evidence.