It is a shame to see the thread you started, evolve into a common mudfight about brandfavourisme and snobbery. This is, I like to believe, very un Apug-like. I'm double sorry, because myself, like you was interested by the Giottoz tripod offerings. It would have been nice to read about some real hands-0n experiences, instead un-asked-for statements regarding the minimum spending sum of ballheads.
But we can still hope, or start another thread, if need be on another website.......