Firstly - I am using an E-PL5 at present with a view to getting an OMD in the near future. A relative wants to give me a tripod for Xmas which doesn't give me a lot of time for detailed research. Also means it may be too late for online purchases (may not ship to Australia in time) so will probably have to stick with mainstream brands like Manfrotto etc that would be in stock in my local camera shop.. I am currently using a Slik tripod I bought approx 35 years ago and I am guessing things may have changed a bit since I bought it! I haven't looked into tripods since then so my knowledge is almost non existent. I gather that the tripod and the head are often sold separately? Also, I have never used a ball head - are they quicker to adjust and can they support as much weight? So what am I looking for? I realize the perfect tripod with all the features I may want may not exist and compromises may have to be made. Maybe down the track I will end up with two tripods (eg a sturdy one for home use and a compact lightweight one for travelling) Lightweight but sturdy Adequate height but still relatively compact (eg to hopefully fit in a backpack) (3 section legs preferred over 4 section for the stability factor if possible) Adjustable to low heights for macro shots Are there heads that allow for smooth controlled panning rates when shooting video? (Stills are my priority, but I do like to shoot video at times) Able to quickly to adjust head from landscape to portrait, and able to quickly level the camera when on uneven ground. I have had a look through this thread and found some useful info :https://www.mu-43.com/showthread.php?t=56413 If anyone knows of any good online resources that discuss the pros and cons of tripods that would be handy. Sorry about the rambling post - it is probably because I don't really know what I am looking for because I don't really know much about what is available.