... Wish I'd listened to the many photogs saying do the research, save up, and buy the one you want for your particular needs from the beginning. Otherwise you may be just buying it later anyway.
Excellent advice! I don't like forking out bucks for something that takes me only 75% of the way there because I will likely end buying the better/preferred item later resulting in waste of money from my original purchase.
Does anyone have a good recommendation for a cheap Tripod?
Not sure what your definition of cheap is and where the line is drawn from what is cheap and what is not so be careful of "cheap." You don't want to put your expensive gear on an unstable device--the old phrase "a chain is only as strong as its weakest link" perfectly applies here!
For lower end tripods that are high quality products that won't drain your bank account, I would look at the Manfrotto 190 & 290 series and Vanguard. Visit a good camera shop and put your hands on them. I purchased Vanguard supports because of the dealer's large selection and I was able to evaluate them hands-on.
- Alta Pro 264AB, ball head SBH-100
- Alta Plus 235AP, pan head PH-22 (smaller travel unit)
- Tracker AP-284 (monopod), ball head SBH-30
Now I did not exactly follow my own advice (from above) since my photog funds are limited but for me this was an acceptable compromise. When it comes to glass, nope, not cutting back.