Originally Posted by Chewy734
don't skimp on the tripod if you have a good camera, otherwise you'll regret it later.
I've got the Induro C414 (now CT414). At almost $700, it's not cheap, but it's great with the 500mm and even better when doing wide angle night work, landscapes and other work requiring max DOF.
A remote release is also a necessity. Even the most massive tripod will shake when you touch the camera.