I know this question has been beaten to death, and I actually have searched it and read every topic basically on the forum about it.. Seems the overwhelming consensus is to go to a Camera Store and mess around with a few of them and decide whats best. Problem is the nearest camera store to me is minimum 1hr 30min drive. I am sure others have run in to this same problem, and if so, what did you end up purchasing and why? I really dont need anything super expensive, I'm thinking >$150. The tripod will be supporting a Nikon D3000, and it most likely wont ever have a huge heavy lens on it. I have used only pan tilt heads, never the ball ones. Not to say I would pick one or the other, just that Ive never used the ball type... I favor long exposure shots alot, so I definitely need my own tripod, but there are so many out there I kinda feel like if I got one without asking you guys Id just be taking a shot in the dark. Thanks!