Hi folks, Some time ago I'd asked for peoples' feedback regarding tripods. I'd like to thank everyone, again, for all the help. I've finally pulled the trigger and made my purchase, and I thought I'd post what I ended up with. My goal was to get a good quality tripod yet not spend more money than necessary (some people are about to laugh hard at that). So, here's what I ended up ordering, to the tune of just under $800... Bogen/Manfrotto CXPro4 carbon fiber tripod ($325). I was willing to make some small compromises with the legs; but decided I definitely wanted carbon fiber. Acratech Ultimate Ballhead plus leveling quick release clamp ($310). Fortunately their lowest-priced head was the one I liked the most. This head will hold more than the Manfrotto legs - more than I'm likely to ever need too. Kirk L-Bracket for D700 ($130). The Really Right Stuff bracket allows tethered shooting in a vertical position; but that didn't particularly matter to me. The Kirk bracket is 3 oz. lighter than the RRS bracket, which matters because I'll probably leave it on the camera.