Remember the $79 carbon fiber tripod that I bought from Costco? I received it last week and last night I tried it out on a long exposure shot of our Christmas tree. The shot above was for 6 seconds (f/8, 100 ISO), all ambient. (Click for higher resolution)
Here is another one, at 5 seconds (also f/8, 100 ISO).
(FYI some of the blocks look like they're glowing because I put an LED light under it.)
I will be reviewing this tripod soon and will also be posting my first impressions of the lens I used, a Tamron 70-300 VC.