I am looking for an awesome tripod at a great price. I bought a Dolica tripod and it didn't even last a year (150+ shoots). Manfrotto is highly recommended, but I've read some reviews and the legs seem to have issues (at least the lower end models). Weight doesn't matter that much to me but a ball head is a must. I was wondering what the readers recommend.
We have a new page (click here) on the PFRE blog that gives a summary of tripods and tripod heads that PFRE readers have recommended in the past.
The tripod heads are all geared heads that can be leveled in all three dimensions. This allows you to get verticals and horizontals level in the camera.