|Quoting Dvincent (Reply 1):|
My advice is to look into something by Bogen/Manfrotto/Slik with a separate head. None of those tripods are really going to do the job for you in terms of stability or ease of use. Save yourself the pounds and the mistakes, and look at something a bit beefier.
I won't argue that the Bogen/Manfrotto/Slik's are way beefier, have better heads, and are worth the extra money, but the cheaper tripods can "do the job," especially for a D60.
Where you're likely to have trouble is with longer lenses that a lighter tripod tends to have trouble supporting, and in situations where shake can easily occur (especially with longer lenses, because the narrow field of view amplifies any shake). Those cheaper tripods also have pretty restrictive weight limits. A D300 and a mid-level telephoto will be too much for most of them.
I've been using a $50 Sunpak for over a year now and never had visible blur with it as long as I use a remote shutter release or a timer. It does start to flex with my 70-300 attached, but it holds up.
If I were buying my first tripod all over again, I'd most likely get a Bogen, but if it came down to having a cheap tripod versus no tripod, the cheap one definitely wins out. As is, I'm going to keep what I've got until it either breaks, or I end up with gear it won't reliably support.
Don't do the gorillapod. It's great for backpacking or travel with a relatively small lens, but it's not a replacement for a conventional tripod.