Threads of this type are generally created as an attempt to funnel all the most common questions posted by users who are just beginning their research into a topic. In the case of this section of the forum, a lot of questions concerning tripods, tripod heads, and general support related topics are asked and re-asked on a fairly consistent basis. So the hope is this will be a starting point, and perhaps even in some cases an all encompassing, for those who are researching any photographic support related topics.
To start, this thread will be organized as shown below but will be an ever evolving layout as users provide suggestions and comments and the thread continues to grow and expand. Please keep in mind that sometimes the posted thread titles don't sound like they would be relevant to the topic, these threads were still selected and posted here because the direction of the thread changed and the information presented within grew to be more helpful than the title of the thread might have made it seem. So be sure to click through and read through each thread posted in an FAQ section that you are interested in learning more about.
And if you feel you still need to create a new thread asking for help figuring out what support setup to buy, be sure to include in it useful information for determining your needs. Things like specifically what gear you intend to use on it, what gear you plan/hope to buy in the future to use on it, what your maximum budget is for the entire setup, how you intend to use the support setup (hiking, studio, on location, traveling, etc), and perhaps what, if any, other support setups you have owned/tried in the past and liked/didnt like. Chances are pretty good that any questions you have if not listed in a thread here have been asked elsewhere before and covered well. There just simply isnt that many new situations in the discussion area of camera support setups. So, as always please use your best friend the SEARCH button before creating a new thread.
This post, introducing the support FAQ thread and laying out the format.
2. Making Choices On Support Equipment
How to make the right choice for you when it comes to what equipment to buy.
+Choosing a Tripod
+Choosing a Head
+Choosing a Monopod
+Choosing a Quick Release System
+Choosing Other Types of Support
3. Support Accessories
Support related accessories.
-Tripod Leg Protection
-Quick Release Clamps/Plates
4. Support Maintainance, Care and Warranty Info
How to properly care for and maintain your equipment and how to handle warranty issues.
5. Additional Information
General links to support related topics that might be of valuable interest to those researching the topic including Do-It-Yourself posts.
6. When Things Go Wrong
Problems, accidents, failures and horror stories users have experienced with their gear.
7. Support Reviews
User submitted reviews on products.
+Tripod Leg Reviews
+Other Support Related Reviews
Close up the thread with thanks and how to get add information to this thread so that it continually improves.