ok commitment is made...
now time to think about tripods hmm
thanks for your help
If you want a travel tripod that is sturdy enough to support a DSLR + Zoom Lens (70-200 f/4)... yet fits in your jeans pocket, this is what I use, and love:
Giottos MH-110c Mini Ballhead ($20)
Manfrotto 209 tabletop legs ($25)
You will have to make a lot of compromises (find a good rock, stone fence, or stump) - but it's the sturdiest pocketable tripod setup I've ever found (and I tried a lot of setups).