Summary: I use this for mainly landscape and macro photography, with a 5D Mk II. It's extremely fast to setup and breakdown and incredibly stable. The center column is easily removed, to enable getting right down in the dirt for those low angle macro shots. It's not cheap, but to me it's woth every penney.
Pros: Good Stability, Lightweight, Unfolds Quickly
Summary: Excellent tripod. Beautiful craftsmanship and quality. Setup is fast and easy, even with the twistlocks, which work well. Best of all, this tripod is very light and perfect for hiking and other outdoor activities. Only downside is price, but you get what you pay for.
Pros: Folds Small, Good Stability, Lightweight, Unfolds Quickly
Summary: Works well, three leg extensions are better than four, and this beefy tripod not only holds my increasingly heavy equipment with the necessary stability, but I also find my ballhead works more smoothly. I love the maximum height and the ease to get down and level to the ground. Backcountry Sierra photography with several days in the mountains at a time necessitate a lightweight tripod, and although it is light in weight, it is a heavyweight in performance.
Pros: Durable, Ease of Use, High Quality, Light Weight
Summary: Very light weight yet very stable. Handles a Nikon D80 with 70-200 mm lens like it's nothing. The carbon fiber legs absorb vibration and dampen them quickly. Superb stability for landscapes, panos, and moon photography. Only cons are the leg locks for the terminally impatient; it takes longer to secure them rather than to lock down lever locks.
Pros: Lightweight, Locks In Tight, Smooth Movement
Summary: The Gitzo GT2531 is as close to perfect as a tripod could be for my needs (70-200 zoom is my longest lens). It's super light, ultra stable with the RRS BH-40 head. The only thing I would say isn't perfect is the price... too high.
Pros: Easily Adjusted, Good Footing, Lightweight, Locks In Tight, Rugged, Smooth Movement
Summary: this tripod is strong & stable beyond its weight would tell you. I am not tall or big and I can handle a camera on this tripod with the collapsed tripod leaning on my shoulder and walking to the next location in comfort.
Pros: Easily Adjusted, Good Footing, Lightweight, Locks In Tight, Quiet, Rugged, Smooth Movement