Here is briefly my tripod history: - one big no brand tripod for 15 euros. Not bad for the price, otherwise junk - one Velbon Ultra Maxi L. It's a travel tripod, works fine, it's what I use now. - an Ultrapod II What I do not like is this: - when I tighten the head it moves up a little and when I leave the big lenses (1.5 kg) it clearly bends down a little. No problems with native lenses. - with magnify and manual focus with tele lenses the vibration is big (even with no column and legs extended). I have to focus, wait a little for it to stabilize, check the focus, repeat. So now I'm looking for an heavy one but I do not want to spend too much as I'm not going to use it often. Maybe a new head could be enough to solve these problems (the Velbon head is removable). Light is good but not essential if I have to spend 400+ euros. At the same time I do not want to bring around a 3kg head for no reason. The heaviest (adapted) tele lens I have is around 1.5 kg (400mm with TC). I'm considering something like these: http://www.amazon.com/Sirui--2004-Aluminum-Tripod-E-20/dp/B00IEP27TK/ http://www.amazon.com/Sirui-K-10X-Ballhead-Release-Capacity/dp/B004QC1EOO/ http://www.amazon.de/Vanguard-Alta-Pro-Dreibeinstativ-Belastbarkeit/dp/B002KD9B3C/ I'd like a ball head with the panoramic rotation. I'm asking now because there are many photo offers on Amazon.de for the next 10 days. What do you think?