I shoot with a 7D with a 17-55mm attached to it, most of the time.
The biggest/heaviest lens I'll shoot with is a 70-200mm f2.8 IS mkII.
I've heard good things about Benro, and on their new tripods, I believe one of the legs screws off and becomes a monopod.
Any thoughts? I don't think I need carbon fiber nor can I afford it.
$280 is about the most I can spend, but if you guys have any better suggestions at that price range, I'd like to get a few more recommendations. I don't want to spend anymore than $300 because it just won't be used too often. I generally like to travel light and shoot handheld, but there are some rare moments when I really do need them.