Hello! I am back on the market for camera gear. Granted, I've only been shooting with a DSLR for a few months (like, 6). However, I would like to make the move and invest in a nice tripod + head. I've been reading the previous threads (as any good MR reader should do) and I think I've gotten it down to the Gitzo 2540. However, I'm not 100% which KIND of the 2540 I'd need. As for a head, I'm thinking about the Acratech GP-s. If you have a better suggestion, I'm completely open. To help you help me help make a good decision, here's a list of information. Requirements: Fits in a carry-on duffel bag Can carry a T2i (perhaps a 7D or a 5D eventually) Plus a 70-200mm f/2.8 (eventually. Currently a EF-S 55-250) Not terribly heavy Niceties: Costs less than $600 (can be used) without a head Carbon fiber Since I'm short, I'm OK with the max height being under 60" I hope that I'm not being idealistic in my expectations and hope that investing once in a good tripod will end up saving me money in the long-run. For your viewing pleasure (or disgust if you don't like my photos), here's a link to my Flickr and you tell me if you think my photos would benefit. Granted, I want to try time-lapse shooting, so I'm getting one regardless. Thank you!