Just purchased a D2H and anticipate use for sunsets, landscapes, etc. Graduating from my 15 year old Velbon to a current generation CF tripod and matching ball head. Budget is not open ended so an up to $250 budget for the ball head and matching amount for tripod is about what I can spend. Open to used because have always had good luck when dealing with quality gear and reputable sellers. Welcome your thoughts - suggestions. I have read Thom Hogan's article on the topic and respect his judgment as to a thoughtful goal oriented approach and appropriate budget. Thanks!!!