Unlike many of today's cameras, a good tripod can be a lifetime investment. This means tripods made decades ago can be today's best buys. I have several tripods, from quite large to tiny, but amost always use old Tiltall tripods, and keep one in the car and one in the house. The Tiltall is suitable for 4x5 view and any smaller cameras. Newer tripods may have a few features lacking in the Tiltall, such as quick release plates and levers to lock leg extension. I consider neither feature to be an advantage when performance and durability is preferred over convenience.