I love my Ries J600 with J250 double tilt head, largely because it has its own carrying case which I can sling over my shoulder. It will support my 8x10 camera admirably. However, the tripod and head combo weighs 10.5 lbs as opposed to a RRS TVC-33 with ballhead weighing in at 6 lbs. So for what this OP wants to do, Ries is probably not the best choice.
Originally Posted by Peter Schrager
I have to agree with you, though, that there's nothing quite like a Ries tripod. It's the best piece of photo equipment I own.