I have an older Slik U7000. It's light, simple, and works fine for most stuff, but it's not that stable. And when I use a really heavy lens (Like my Konica 200mm f/3.5 plus a tele) it is practically useless. I'm looking for a decent, solid tripod and head that can handle some weight. This tripod has good reviews and is at the upper end of what I want to spend. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002EXF38/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=1T0M85LW4F04U&coliid=I1U4KF3XRG59A3 Is it worth the cash? Any other suggestions?