Excerpt: Using it for Nikon D800 w/ a 300mm 2.8 lens, and carrying it in a backpack. It is relatively light, very comfortable to fold and unfold, folds to a minimal length, and above all - very sturdy and stable.
Excerpt: While this tripod may not be perfect for everyone it is for me. This tripod is lightweight, compact, sturdy and quick and easy to setup and tear down; everything I want in a tripod. This is a travel tripod and many would think it only good for hikers and travelers needing small, portable support. However I find it equally useful in shooting wildlife with a large, heavy telephoto lens or landscape, both requiring a sturdy tripod.
Excerpt: I live in the black hills and I hike and travel often. As a longtime amateur I eventually accepted just how important the tripod was in the making of more successful photographs consistently – as important than even the camera and lens. I recently spoiled myself in buying the Gitzo GT4552TS, and I now with only a month's use I have found that I bring it everywhere and use it much more often due to its ease of packing and setting up and noticeable stability.
Pros: Folds Small, Good Stability, Lightweight, Unfolds Quickly