Not sure where to put this but since it's to go under my D300 I'll start with it here and let the powers that be move it if it should be elsewhere. I've got a probably 25 year old Bogen 3046 tripod with 3047 head that I got hold of today. The mounting plate is missing but it's otherwise complete. It is very heavy, a little over 9 pounds plus head. The 3047 head appears to be the head now called the 804RC2. I may still buy a tripod but at least for now I'll go with this since it's only going to cost a mounting plate and clean up to get it usable. My questions are what mounting plate does it need and is it considered a good tripod? Also, I've seen a couple of heads that are pistol grip, one horizontal and one vertical. It seems like that would be convenient but I don't know for sure as well as whether horizontal or vertical would be better. So, comments on any/all those things are appreciated.