Pros: Handles my heavy 7D with 70-200 lens without trouble. Has lasted me about 3 years now. Good adjustments, easy to extend legs. Light. Easy to take with me when hiking to waterfalls.
Cons: Used it once at the beach and now I have to throw it away. There's so much sand in the legs and head it's unbelievable. Extending a leg is like grinding rocks together. So, it's not very sealed against dust like they claim.
Pros: Holds Canon 5d Mark II with 17-40mm lens or 24-105mm and lens.
Cons: The carrying case recently got a rip in the seam - but this is after approximately 150 trips with the tripod. I am pretty hard on equipment since I am generally shooting in mountain terrain and constantly taking tripod in and out of the carrying case on each hike.
Summary: So far I really like the tripod. I have a Canon DSLR and really like the tripod. I am having to learn the correct way to set it up when changing heights, never used one with the moving ball head and that is taking me some getting used to. Seems to be pretty sturdy too.
Summary: Bought this tripod for a friend who is semi pro photog. and she gives it her thumbs up! Not as heavy duty as her studio tripods, but thats why she likes it. Good quality and fairly light weight, with some pro features.
Summary: This tripod is awesome! It's lightweight but sturdy. It's very easy to get it ready and the 2 bubble levels are great. It also has a built in compass. There's also a hook in the center that you can hang your camera case or whatever so your stuff is always in sight! The carrying bag is well made and slings right over your shoulder. I highly recommend!
Summary: Lightweight: while great for long hikes it's not great for professional studio or sports photography where you use a pro DSLR like a 3DS paired with long fast glass.
Pros: -Inexpensive: best new tripod you'll find for under $100.
Cons: Let's be honest, the build quality isn't the best...but only if you are comparing it to something that costs over 5 times as much; Bogen/Manfrotto, Gitzo, Really Right Stuff, etc. From reading other reviews here and elsewhere, it's clear that there are some duds. Still well worth the hassle of getting a replacement.