I also need to replace my $20 Walmart tripod which is missing some important knobs. I do a lot of macro of flowers etc at ground level. The only way my tripod works for that now is to prop it on it's side on a small box. I also take a fair amount of landscape pics on rocky, uneven terrain. I was thinking of the Benbo Trekker MK2. Anyone have experience with this one or a different suggestion? My Sony 717 weighs 1lb 8oz plus filters and remote.