Good tripod and head for under $300?

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    Hi all, I've just recently started getting into photography, and want to invest in a decent tripod for my Nikon D40. I would like it to be somewhat lightweight. Also, I'm 6'3", so the tripod should be tall as well. I've been finding it difficult to browse through the different tripods and heads ... can anyone help me sort through it all?

    Thanks for your time!
     
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    I can vouch for this setup as it is what I have (except I have the 488RC4 ball head, virtually identical but has leveling bubbles). It will also support 17.6 lbs (8kg). I have ordered the 322RC2 head and will comment on it after it arrives and can give it a test drive. The legs are great, sturdy and will get down to 10cm. At normal position it is a good height for me (5'-10").
     
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    I can vouch for the 322RC2 Head, If you're not doing panorama's its absolutely perfect! I also enjoy my Manfrotto 190MF3 Legs, but then its carbon fibre, and lighter than the 55's. Great if you go hiking alot, though if you're in a studio setting, i agree, go with the 55's.
     
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    Works great for panning as well, If you add this little item to the bottom of it. Cheaper than Manfrottos.

    http://www.feisol.net/feisol-panning-base-pb70-p-17.html
     
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    Dang it, now I have yet another thing to spend money on...

    ... at least this one is cheap :lol:.
     
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    The Manfrotto 725B is by far the best bang for the buck I've seen where I live. $150 new. Small, lightweight, ballhead design, excellently designed locks and snaps. Its the one I'm going to get really soon.
     
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    Yes, but well made. Mine works flawlessly.
     
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    I hope you have the opportunity to get ahold of this tripod before you make the decision to purhase it and compare it to models that cost just a little more. If you do this you might reconsider your choice to me even though this tripod is a Manfrotto it looks pretty chincy to me compared to other models.
     
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    What he said!
     

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