I realize that Benro vs. Gitzo has been discussed at length here and on just about every other photo forum on the net. I?ve read most of them. Every time I am close to choosing a tripod, I find another tidbit of info that causes me to rethink everything. I shoot weddings, portrait and some commercial and I also shoot for fun ? nature, landscape, etc. I have a Nikon D200 and D80 with the standard assortment of lenses, the 70 ? 200 2.8 VR and the 80 ? 400 VR being the heaviest. Here?s where I am at: I was very close to biting the bullet and buying a Gitzo GT2530. I could probably get by with a GT1530, but if I am spending that much money I would rather spend a little more and get one that can hold a heavier load in case I ever need it. These seem to go for $500 - $550. There is also a Gitzo basalt (GT2931) for about $100 less. The equivalent Benro?s are the C-357n6 (around $350) and C-227n6 (around $250). Benro makes a basalt tripod, the H series, but I have not seen any of these for sale. I have read many posts saying that the Benro were inferior products. Different pieces have broken on first use, quality was just not there, etc. After reading these, I decided on the Gitzo. Then I found the threads about how water and sand will very quickly damage the Gitzo and it is very expensive to have repaired. Lately, I?ve been reading about the new generation Benro?s that have, ?Patented Dust & Water Resistance Locks.? I shoot in the sand and saltwater, so this looks like a good alternative to the Gitzo. Then newer n6 series Benro?s seem to have addressed some of the thinks there were criticized for. I don?t pretend to think that even the newer Benro is anywhere near the quality of a Gitzo, but when you factor in the water/sand/salt issue of the Gitzo?s, it kind of evens things out. Does anyone have one of the newer n6 Benros? Does anyone have first hand experience with the Gitzo using in sand and water? Any opinions or suggestions?