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Only the past few years have I started using tripods. I have had a older cheap tripod I picked up from Walmart back in the states for quite a few years, but I only really used it for my JVC video camera and then my Canon G12. To be honest it was sturdy enough for both. When I upgraded cameras to my Canon 600D, I started thinking it was likely time to get a little better tripod. While it was enough for the camera and my EF-S 10-22mm lens, you start adding the battery grip and it becomes a little to heavy for my taste. So when I purchased my Canon 70D a few months ago I made my mind up I needed something better. While looking online I came across the Dolica ProLine tripod and backpack combo. I can still soundly say it was a very good deal and I still use this tripod and backpack. The only thing is that the ball head, while sturdy enough for the weight of my camera, was not made for panoramic photography. So this is when I decided to purchase the Giottos MH1000 ball head. It had very good reviews and I feel its a solid investment. The only bad part is I now want to up grade my tripod to a nice carbon fiber one..