I found a Manfrotto 190XProB with 486RC2 ball head for $230 CAD, which comes to exactly the price I've been looking to pay for a tripod after shipping and taxes. I like this particular tripod because it seems to be a good balance between weight and strength, though slightly on the heavy side for me. The height with the ball head should put the viewfinder exactly at my eye-level. I especially like the ability to use the centre-column horizontally and then adjust the legs to nearly 90 degrees from the ground, which should be good for macro use. Before I hit the "buy" button, though... Does the head usually include the quick-release plate? Are there any other tripods that are lighter/cheaper and have this same centre column that can be swiveled out and used horizontally? Are there any other combos for this same price that I should be considering because they are sturdier and/or lighter?