Originally Posted by pdeeh
Which is fine, if you have the $$.
If you don't have the $$ ... well, as I think someone else said, no tripod at all is much less stable than any cheap tripod.
Not everyone can spend the equivalent of two or three month's rent on a tripod.
What can you rent for $200 a month? A J100 new is $600 which is a lot less than a new Gitzo carbon or RRS carbon. A cheap tripod is a weak link and degrades everything else you are using.