Listening to a new Podcast that I just subscribed to about video production. The presenter made a few recommendations regarding video kit: ( These were made in episode 14 of a Pixelriffic Podcast)
Wireless mic's - he like the Senheiser Evolution range.
Tripod + Fluid Head:
He recomended a bottom of the line Bogen for backup and non important stuff.
Bogen 3011 ($150) with a 700rc2 head.