Tripod owner/user here as well. The guys on my Benz forum razz me about that stuff mercilessly. I'm just tired of looking at nothing but laundry on the thrift thread. I've been pushing for guys to take shots of themselves in their finds and AF was the first to jump in the pool. I would imagine that he's scouring the hardgoods sections of the thrifts as we speak, in search of a tripod to thrift. I got my lightweight aluminum model for $5.He'll be along with one soon, I expect.