I recently upgraded my tripod to something more substantial: The tripod is made by Sirui. It's their N-2204 model which is a carbon fiber compact travel tripod. It has a Sirui K-20x Ball Head. I spoke a little about this in a post last month. Based on all the research I did the Sirui tripod seemed like the best fit for me. I haven't had a chance to use the tripod much yet but I have really enjoyed using it the little that I have. I plan on doing a more in-depth review after I've had a bit more time to use it so stay tuned for that.