Good Morning, October marks my year end review and with that I normally get a bonus. I was thinking of taking that bonus money and putting it to good use on a nice tripod and tripod head. Jim was so nice to email me some recommendations but thought I would give myself more opportunity to gather more ideas. Currently I am using one where the clips lock...I have had a lot of issues with them coming loos and not locking properly anymore. I also don't like the ball head on my tripod. I have one of the ones where you have to tighten the clip rather than the quick release. Any and all suggestions are welcomed!! @Dean I loves the tripod you had in the back of your truck when we were shooting up at owl creek. I particularly liked the ball head. Thank you all! oh and I have about a $500 budget.