Brad in Idaho asks:
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 head you pick is also a big deal - read out tripod ball head recommendations to find a good option for your budget and needs. The fluid head tripod is a geared heads that can be leveled in all three dimensions. This allows you to get verticals and horizontals level in the camera.