Pros: This tripod is perfect for the occasional hobbyist photographer. It is definitely worth the $19.99 I paid for it. It was a shell shocker I think. I seems like it will last for a long time if treated gently.
Summary: 't get smooth rotation with out loosing support.
Pros: This tripod is supportive enough to mount my lightweight Acer H5360 Projector. It is tall enough to allow high throws from behind my viewing position without a permanent mount. It's a better build quality then i expected for the price.
Cons: The knob and handle for vertical and horizontal alignment is very sensitive to the slightest tension adjustments. I can
Pros: It is lightweight and VERY sturdy! Sure, a lot of the parts are made of plastic, but they appear to be durable. This tripod was EXACTLY what I was looking for... I needed 2 of them to make the legs for my 8-rocket model rocket launch rack. Bought 2 of these for $20 each and free shipping! Can't even buy a piece of garbage for that! ( tighten the elevator lock knob and the center leg lock knob to make the tripod SUPER STEADY ).
Cons: I was expecting the light colored tripod, as these will be used in the sun... can anyone say HOT?!?! This is not really a con.
Summary: I've been using the Dolica ST-500 for a year and this tripod is very sturdy and convenient. It comes with a nice bag so you can easily store the tripod in the bag when not in use. The price is very affordable too. I would recommend this tripod to everyone who's looking for a feature-rich tripod yet not too expensive.
Pros: This tripod is lightweight and portable, yet easily supports my DSLR without any fear that it will be knocked over. Fully extended, it reaches much taller than my eye level (over 6ft). Despite most of the critical moving parts being made of plastic, they actually are quite durable and do not seem to show any signs of wearing out after 2 months of ownership. The built-in bubble level is accurate and a big help when on uneven ground.
Cons: As I said earlier, nearly all the critical moving parts on this tripod are made of plastic, so they will wear out faster than an all-metal tripod. This tripod also tends to cause a little bit more camera shake when you press the shutter button than a heavier one made of metal (Not a problem if you use a two second timer). The mechanism that tilts the camera 90 degrees to the left for portrait shooting leaves a lot to be desired- it has a tendency to tilt a few degrees...