I'm quite settled on a Manfrotto tripod because of the number of people who say their products are great, but with the large number of choices that all seem so similar to me, I thought I'd ask for advice here. I want a tripod that will hold my camera steady. However, I don't really know what else to look for because I don't know enough about tripods. I know I want to be able to take very low level shots near the ground using my Nikon D50 since that would offer a weird perspective that I would always drool over if the tripod I bought didn't have the option. efoto said in one tripod thread that the Manfrotto 3021PRO/055PRO has legs that can "spider out" at a very large angle so that the camera gets very low. Sounds good. However, there are other tripods that include a "low angle adapter built into the centre column for ground level shots", but this doesn't sound like the same thing as the legs that spider out. How would a centre column ever allow you to get a low level shot? I can't imagine it. Anyway, the 3021PRO sounds a bit much, since it does have the word "PRO" right in the model number, and I'm certainly not "pro." Are there cheaper options with the ability to take low angle shots? Lightweight would also be good, but not a necessity. It doesn't have to carry a lot of weight or be able to reach very great heights, since I don't have any massive 600 mm lenses and am not a giant. Do I have to buy a "head", or will my digital camera just attach simply to whatever I get? If I need to get a head as well, then what type?