@Limey: read my post, I feel like I just wasted my time. A tripod isn't always about "staying still for a little bit." So if that's all you do with your tripod, you're one of the few and it's really irrelevant to a topic discussing the quality of tripods.
@nerfgunnerz: I'm sure it's functional, but that's not what the topic creator asked for really. So if you aren't going to get a good tripod, yeah, you might as well get a $5 tripod at a garage sale. Who knows? Maybe you'll score a multi-hundred dollar rig for a few bucks at a garage sale, you never know.
@Rody: Even if you aren't using bigger equipment, a nice tripod with a good, fluid head is important with any rig. Even a little handicam or something. So if you ever do consider a tripod upgrade and you are using your current camera, consider the Libec. It's really perfect for indie filmmakers who don't have massive rigs. And it's sturdy and tough as nails, mine has been through a lot (banging around in trunk, in water, etc.). It will last you a while, especially if you are more careful with it than I am. Mine is still alive though, after 3 years of craziness.
Lior wrote:It's not even the matter of pan and tilt its the matter of quality. The sticks and the head.
Pan and tilt factor into the quality on a tripod. I know you know this, but I'm just clarifying. The build quality and move-ability of the head are the biggest factor in the price of the head.