I'm somewhat of a camera support gear freak, I have a rather wide range of Manfrotto tripods (the brand I prefer). I have a 475B w/ a Manfotto 400 geared head on it that provides a rock solid platform for my pano setup. I also have a two 055's, one in carbon fiber and one aluminum that I will use for my pano rig when lightness is important. On the 055 I use a Manfrotto hydrostaic ball head which supports the pano rig without any problems. I also have the Neotech tripod which is fabulous for quick setup and takedown, but I feel that my pano setup with a Nikon D80 and 12-24mm lens would be a bit heavy for the Neotech to support without movement.