My camera shop is trying to talk me into a Manfrotto for around $189 with dual leg adjustments via locks. That kind of bothers me. What if a lock gets forgotten? Plus the thing looked a little lightweight to me. Like it could easily blow over if someone sneezed.
I want something decent with a good fluid tilt action, but I don't want to feel like I'm starting to make payments on a Porsche when a decent Chevy would do. I used a $39.95 unit with my 35mm that lasted for years until the head action wore out. Vivitar if I remember correctly.
Any recommendations from those of you who use the 60D with the heavier lenses?