Ok. Whoa. Researching the purchase of a Tripod + Ball Head + Plate + Quick Release is overwhelming and confusing. I'm looking for some advice from the MacRumors community to clear things up. I currently have a D300. I have an 18-200 VR, a Sigma 10-20, a 50 1.8, and a couple of basic kit lenses. I also have an SB-800 and SB-800. I'm mostly interested in shooting HDR. PLEASE NOTE: I have searched for the answers to my questions... but I am still very confused. Thanks for any help. Questions: 1. Since I don't have any "heavy" glass and I won't likely be using any lenses larger than a 70-200 (if I can ever afford one) Do I need to spend the money on a Markins M-10? The M-10 is the ball head that I'm looking at buying. Is this overkill for my setup? 2. Legs: How does anyone pick a good set of legs? There are too many options and considerations. Carbon Fiber, 3 vs 4 collapse points, Manfrotto vs Gizto, Oh my! - I just want a tripod that will hold my camera up. Anybody have a recommendation for a tripod that just holds the camera. 3. It seems that Thom Hogan and the other hardcore guys advocate for buying the best of the best. I'm not sure that for MY situation I need the best of the best. I'm not trekking through the amazon and using my tripod to clear the trail. 4. Plate: Isn't this just a piece of metal. What makes this hunk of metal cost so much? Why is one hunk of metal (RRS) better than another hunk of metal (Kirk) - Again... Why does this have to be so difficult? Recommendations please. 5. L-Bracket: Would I get one of these in PLACE of a plate? What is the advantage of the L-Bracket? 6. Quick Release: Is this a part of the plate or is this something separate to buy. Do need this? Why? 7. Anything else I need to have a fully operational support kit. I don't want to buy all this stuff and then be missing something. I know thats a lot of questions. As always thanks for any help.