After reasearching the forum, I've deceided that my 1st tripod will probably be a Manfrotto 055XPROB (aluminium) with 496RC2 ball head (I'm 6'4" so need the height of the 055!).
What do you think of this combo? I've checked both items out at Ted's & they both seem pretty sweet Any other suggestions at a similar price I'm all ears.
A bunch of sellers on ebay (or possibly same seller?) in South Korea have these for just under $300 with free delivery, which is at least $100 cheaper than anyone locally. Has anyone bought from these guys? Are they legit? Most of them have 4000+ feedback...