In case the OP hasn't made a purchase yet:
elogical wrote in post #12587913
I'd look HorusBennu (on ebay), Giottos, Benro and Manfrotto in that price range. I haven't used the cheapest Horusbennu ones but I'm very impressed with their higher end legs which are still quite a bargain so I assume the low end is at least decent.
I second this. While I too have heard good things about HorusBennu, as others have said, there's not much to go on yet. It sounds like it could be the way to go if you're on a budget. I'm picking up my FX-45Q ballhead tomorrow, and I'm excited to see what it can do.
I don't know about the 300DX, but I know people rave over the 700DX.
mellofelow wrote in post #12597160
Seriously, look at Slik 700DX. Just the legs are less than $90 and it's SOLID!!! Spend the rest on a good head. My combo is Smith Victor BH8. You can spend 10x more but the pic will come out the same.
I also have the Dolica as a travel pod. Got some great shots during my 3 week trip to China. It works.. but nothing like the Slik.
Yeah, I would have to agree that if weight doesn't matter I'd go for something like this. It's a ~7lb tank that should (the legs at least) be able to handle just about anything new you throw at it. Even if you need to buy a new set of legs in the future, every photographer could still have a use for a ludicrously heavy and clunky tripod.