Well, we used a $20 k-mart special for several years. It had a pan/tilt head which was off center mark of rotation by 1/8" which really messed up my home made pan head. I physically removed the panTilt with a hammera and saw.... to be able to only use the center shaft.
Then decided to move up to a semi pro light weight $100 tripod. It only has a center shaft with a round top deck so I can mount our Agnos TCPshort pan head. Remember total tripod, ball head, pan head, camera, lens is a lot of weight to lug around a site taking panoramas. I now use a shoulder strap. 1 end connected to the ball head and the other end to the bottom of the center shaft. Its easier to carry around.
A typical aluminum tripod is acceptable as long as it can handle 16 - 20 pounds of camera gear. Its also handy if the center shaft has a hole in the bottom so you can hang a weight bag off it.... for windy days.
What do we use? 3001"D". You can also buy replaceable parts for it like a pantilt head. But we don't need or use one of those.
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