My BF has made mention of wanting a tripod, and I would like to get him one for Christmas. I know nothing about photography, and need help. He has the new Nikon D80 with 3 lens, the biggest being a macro. Right now he uses his camera for product photos for his website, watches, clothing, vacations (we just came back from Hawaii), etc. From what I have found on the forum so far, it sounds like a tripod with a "ball head" might work for his needs. But again, I am an ignorant on this stuff! :???: In need of suggestions that might fit his needs and keep the camera off the ground. Hoping to keep it under $500. Thanks to all!!