Summary: I was looking for a quality tripod that would handle low shots and also be high enough and strong enough to accommodate a telescopic lens system (for shooting the moon, etc). This product fits the bill.
Summary: I picked up this marvel after owning a junk tripod for a couple weeks. Worth every penny- though admittedly it was a lot more than I'd hoped to spend at first. The stability of this tripod is great, and the independent, wide-spreading legs just work wonders. The maximum footprint of this thing is just astounding.
Pros: Folds Small, Good Stability, Lightweight, Unfolds Quickly
Summary: This is a great value in a tripod. I bought it with a Manfrotto 488RC2 Midi Ball Head. It holds the weight of my Nikon D60 with 70-300mm lens securely, even in a strong wind. It's aluminum, so it's heavier than one of the carbon fiber tripods, but I was willing to trade the weight for the cost. The leg locks are solid -- I prefer them to the twist-style locks because I find the latter slower to use.
Summary: I have a Manfrotto 484RC2 ball head attached to the tripod and they fit into the Manfrotto MBAG80PN tripod case with room to spare. I wish that the three locking screws on the top plate of the tripod designed to hold the ball head tight as a useful safety measure do not work with my ball head because the base plate of the ball head is too small. To use the locking screws, I will need a larger head.
Pros: Good Stability, Legs Lock tight, Sturdy, Unfolds Quickly
Summary: I will state up front that I might have been better off with a CF model, or something like a Gitzo or another solid brand, but I don't use a tripod a lot, so I settled for the aluminum (and the 488RC2 ballhead.) Overall, it's a good deal. I liked the center post option to go sideways, but find that I use it far less frequently than I would have expected.