Scott, Which Tripod were you offering up? I'm trying to say this without insulting your very generous offer.... Everything I have read over the past two days suggest not to go too cheap on a Tripod. One with a ball is recommended. Found this one on Amazon. It is a travel tripod with ball. Mainly designed for travel but I am hoping that I can get away with making it a tripod I can use permanently without blowing a lot of cash in the process. http://www.amazon.com/Manfrotto-7302YB-M-Y-Tripod-Ball/dp/B001TK3EJE/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1280847132&sr=1-1 Since I don't know one tripod from the other I am not even sure how good this one is, if I could spending less or even just a little more.