I'm a longtime lurker, but now I've got a specific question about the right tripod to get. Obviously, I'd love to get a nice Gitzo carbon fiber tripod and an expensive ball head, but I'm also saving up for a fast mac pro, so I'm afraid my budget is limited to about $250 for the tripod and head, total. I have a Nikon D80 and my current heaviest lens is my Nikkor 70-300mm 4-5.6f lens. So what's the best tripod in my price range for my needs? Eventually I'll have heavier lenses, but probably not too much heavier. It seems like I'm best off with a Manfrotto legs/head combo, aluminum head and adequate ballhead, such as the 190XPROB 3 section aluminum legs and 488RC2 Midi Ball head. What do you think?