Take a look at the Benro Travel Angel range - basically knock-offs of more expensive (and better made) Manfrottos, but good enough to use if you don't need top of the line equipment. Spend some money on a reasonably good ballhead -- check the Giottos line.
|From Maroon to Yellow by Azrocin|
from Fall colour
|Mandarin Duck by gordzam|
|Porsche 918 Spyder by rmw18k|
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