Pros: I love this tripod. Admittedly, I am an amature, far from an expert, and this is my first tripod. However, going by those standards, I am really happy with it. I think these lighter tripods are just about as good as a heavier one, and this one seems to have all of the features that I'd need.
Cons: I heard in another review that this tripod doesn't pan smoothly for video shots, and I've noticed with my experience that that may be true. It is not the end of the world, as you can grab the head mount and steer the pan more smoothly with your hand as opposed to the bar attched to the head. I gu...
Summary: This is my first tri-pod. Mainly use this for family photos and the kids use it for making stop motion movies with a camcorder.
Pros: At the time I purchased this, it was discounted $30. I was expecting something on the flimsy side, but all in all this tri-pod is sturdy and functional. Wishing I bought more at the discount for gifts.
Cons: If you are trying to get smooth pans and tilts for film, you will want to buy something else. Also the little hook that is meant for holding the weight to weigh the tripod down is plastic and glued on. Not really functional.