Hi all, I'm looking for a new tripod. I'm still using an old cheapo (couldn't even tell you the brand off hand). I mean the bottom barrel stuff. There's no level indicator. Very plasticky quick release plate (I think of the tilt/pan variety). It doesn't use a head (?) That's it.
That said, it has served its purpose fairly well, surprisingly enough. Camera's never fallen over, or off it. I would say my biggest gripe about it is that its max height is woefully ineffective. It doesn't even come up to eye level.
So then, I'm looking to buy something better. A real tripod if you will (maybe not, depending on what your view is, heh!) Something in the $200 and lower range. Any sort of 'standards' that you can generally point a person to? I guess what I'm really asking for is a suggestion including heads as well.
My demands are not great, considering what I'm coming from, anything would be an improvement. Maybe something with a level that will aid in doing some interiors as well? (Although I mainly shoot portraits) The Manfrotto 055XPROB Tripod / 496RC2 Ball head looks good (saw a guy's youtube vid), but I have no real point of reference. That's where you guys come in!