Hi folks. First post from a new member, although I've lurked here for a while. By way of a Christmas gift from my fantastic wife, I recently graduated to a DSLR & I'm the happy owner of a Nikon D60. Now, I definetly need a new tripod. I've looked over the threads here on TPF, & think I've settled on the Manfrotto 190XPROB. I also think my first head will be a ball type. But beyond that I'm a little confused & could use some help deciding. My next lens will probably be the Nikkor 55-200 DX VR, so I will need a head to hold the camera secure whith that lens mounted. Sticking with Manfrotto, the 468 series looks to be outside my price range. The 488 is more to my price point; also the 490. Is one more appropriate with my setup than the other? Beyond the ball, I'm really confused over the QR systems. There seems to be a lot to pick from - there's an RCO; RC2; & RC4 system. Then there's all the different plates...I really don't have a clear picture & it's difficult to decide. Does the higher RC# mean a larger or more robust mount? Any help is appreciated!