I am one of those idiots who bought a cheap off-brand tripod a year ago when I got back into photography. It failed on my first outing. I just ordered a Manfrotto 190CXPRO4 4-Section Pro Carbon Fiber Tripod. I already have a decent ball head. Please tell me I did not mess up again.
I hope to be able to us it with a D800+70-200 f2.8 potentially with TC.