I have a birthday coming up and I expect to get a little bit of money or a gift card to B&H. I think the most pressing photographic need I have is a new tripod. All I have is a little $20 Wal-Mart one that my sister bought for me years ago. I won't be able to get one of the really nice ones. I probably will have $100-150 to spend. Looking around I saw quite a few in that price range that would be a great leap up from what I have. So, which is better, a ball head or a 3 way pan? I shoot mostly outdoor stuff. I don't have any huge, heavy lenses. Any brands to stay away from? I noticed some Tiltall models that I thought might fit my needs. Basically, I'm just looking for any recommendations by someone who has used a tripod they like. thanks.