I'll preface this by saying it's for Canadians only, but if you live somewhere else, and they allow price matching to other internet websites, it should work for you. www.VanguardWorld.ca has the Alta Pro 284CB 100 tripod on for CAD$299, normally retails for CAD$599. Retailing on Amazon.ca for CAD$571. I thought it was a website error, maybe it is, I expected the order to be cancelled. But it wasn't. Showed up today! It's a carbon fibre tripod with a heavy duty removable ball head, 4 leg segments with twist locks, can handle 18lbs, and has a centre column that can tilt 180 degrees.