Hello, My brother is getting a Canon t1i soon, and i will probably be using it quite a bit as well. It will be his camera, and he is doing a lot of research right now on lenses and filters and the like. I have decided to dedicate myself to finding the best tripod for it within a reasonable price range. I don't mind doing the research myself, but I would love to know what direction to start looking. What brands should I be looking at for a nice tripod that is durable, sturdy, compact, and light enough to take on short hikes, but not too expensive. I'm thinking at or under $200 (under would be better). After looking around on this site all weekend, the only brands I've heard of are Manfrotto (which sounds like the best option) and Gitzo, which might be a bit too pricey. Are there other brands out there that I should take a look at? Thanks for any help you can give me.